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Legal Aid Ontario Tariff Increase Update

Posted on: Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The tariff increase for panel lawyers has received regulatory approval and Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has begun implementing the increases agreed on in the January 25, 2010 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Criminal Lawyers Association, and the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG).

Two hourly rate increases have already taken effect this year, one on February 1 and another on April 1.

The first rate increase applies to certificates issued on or after February 1, 2010, until March 31, 2010. The second rate increase applies to certificates issued on or after April 1, 2010.

Certificates will also be issued for boycott-impacted cases with an effective date of February 1, 2010. Lawyers who have received certificates for boycott-impacted cases can also bill for work completed on or after January 25, 2010, provided that the work completed was not related to funding applications.


The revised tariff rates are as follows:


Effective 1-Feb-10 Year 1 1-Apr-10 Year 2 1-Apr-11 Year 3 1-Apr-12 Year 4 1-Apr-13 Year 5 1-Apr-14 Year 6 1-Apr-15 Year 7
Lawyer Rate Tier 1 $81.44 $85.51 $89.79 $94.27 $98.99 $103.94 $109.13
Lawyer Rate Tier 2 $91.62 $96.20 $101.01 $106.07 $111.37 $116.94 $122.78
Lawyer Rate Tier 3 $101.81 $106.90 $112.24 $117.86 $123.75 $129.94 $136.43
Complex Criminal Case Rate $120.02 $124.82 $129.81 $135.00 $141.75 $148.84 $161.05

For further information

For more information please contact the Lawyer Service Centre: (416) 979-9934 or 1-866-979-9934.