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LAO wraps up consultations on refugee law services reform

Posted on: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) has concluded a series of 13 consultations over the past month to review its delivery of refugee law services and address:

  • new federal refugee legislation, which creates significant reforms to the refugee determination system in Canada
  • rising costs, reduced funding and the ongoing need to provide value to taxpayers

More than 110 participants – including stakeholders, a broad range of organizations and individuals in the refugee determination system – signed up for the in-person and web-based sessions.

In the coming weeks, LAO will share on its website the raw information gathered from the consultations. This information and feedback will be used to develop plans and create public legal information that will help ensure LAO delivers refugee law services that meet our clients’ needs and address today’s challenges.

In addition, LAO will implement interim changes to its current model for delivering refugee and immigration services for refugee claimants who seek protection in Canada on or after Dec. 15, 2012. Refugee claimants who seek protection in Canada before Dec. 15 will continue to receive services from LAO as announced Sept. 6, 2012.


For questions or further information, please contact:

Maureen Hastings
Director, Administration, Civil and Immigration Law Services (GTA Region)