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Legal Aid Ontario to fund 15 clinic projects

Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The following project applications received funding:

ARCH Disability Law Centre on behalf of St. Michael’s Legal Services Project – $205,000

The project will provide enhanced services to clients through a key access point – the family medicine department at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. It will develop holistic services to meet the needs of vulnerable people, stabilize their situations and prevent cascading problems. The project will also help medical staff and social workers identify and refer legal issues, thereby developing a new model of partnership between medical and legal services.

Chatham-Kent Legal Clinic on behalf of the Southwest Region Executive Directors Group – $95,000

The project will carry out a needs and resource assessment. The information will help LAO’s Southwest Region community legal clinics plan for changes in their clinic service practice and the delivery of poverty law services.

Community Legal Clinic – Simcoe, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes – $275,000

The project will develop the infrastructure to expand an access-to-justice interview tool across clinics.

Eastern Region Community Legal Clinics – $265,000

The project will gather evidence to support a new service delivery model.

Flemingdon Community Legal Services on behalf of the GTA Transformation Project – $400,000

The project will finalize a consensual model and develop a transition plan for the GTA Transformation Project. This project is part of a systemic restructuring initiative by 16 GTA community legal clinics to reduce administrative cost structures and enhance client service delivery.

Halton Community Legal Services – $380,000

The project will centralize client triage thanks to mobile technology. It’s one of four foundational projects underway in the southwest region to work together and create innovative service delivery models.

HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario – $55,000

The project will identify barriers faced by Trans Ontarians in accessing justice and legal aid services. It will make recommendations on how to overcome these barriers and educate Ontario’s Trans community, as well as legal service providers.

Legal Clinic of Guelph and Wellington County for the Southwest Region Executive - $150,000

The project will help clinics in the Southwest Region build a virtual back office network. This network will streamline administrative functions in order to free up resources to reinvest in service delivery.

Northern Ontario Community Legal Clinic – $239,160

The project will carry out a feasibility study to help 11 legal clinics in northern Ontario coordinate and collaborate. It will identify ways to reduce administrative cost structures to free up resources to reinvest into service delivery.

Northumberland, Durham and Community Legal Clinics (Orillia) – $115,840

The project will expand a successful program, which LAO has been funding for two years, to the Orillia clinic. It will also help the clinics’ pilot strategies for expanding paralegal services and training.

Northwest Community Legal Clinic, Huron Perth Legal Clinic, Community Advocacy and Legal Centre, and Northumberland Community Legal Clinic – $380,000

This project will develop, test and evaluate service delivery models in rural and remote areas of the province.

Rural Legal Services and Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Legal Clinic Business Review Process – $75,000

The project will help these two legal clinics, which are merging, review their business practices to ensure a smooth transition, while maintaining ongoing operations, management and service delivery.

Specialty Clinics Transformation Project – $125,000

This project will explore co-location for specialty clinics. It will also identify the potential for shared administrative functions, to reduce real estate and administrative costs and allow for reinvestment into client services.

Waterloo Region Community Legal Services – $150,000

This project will develop a holistic service model that uses social workers and students to support clinic law services across the region.

Windsor-Essex Bilingual Legal Clinic – $90,000

This project will create a bilingual health and social service hub, offering a multitude of services directly and through partnerships with other agencies.


Josephine Li
Communications Advisor
Tel: (416) 979-2352 ext. 6015