LAO will consider refugee panel applicants during three set periods annually

Friday, June 10, 2016

LAO is piloting the allocation of set times of the year for panel applications, starting with refugee panel standards applications. For 2016/17, LAO will accept applications from refugee and immigration service providers, and make its decisions, during three set periods of the year. The chart below provides the details.

Applications due from refugee and immigration lawyers Applicants receive decision (six weeks after applying)
July 31, 2016 September 2016
October 31, 2016 December 2016
February 28, 2017 April 2017

Directors general will consider exceptions to these time frames if:

  • LAO has a legal service delivery need that needs to be expedited in a particular area
  • a firm is hiring an applicant because it needs additional resources to meet its clients need.

Receiving panel applications during fixed timeframes will provide more predictability for applicants and better management of LAO resources.

LAO normally receives about 60-80 refugee applications each fiscal year.


Jawad A. Kassab - LLB, MDiv, MBA
Executive lead, Refugee and Immigration Program GTA
Legal Aid Ontario
Telephone: (416) 979-1446 x4705
Fax: (416) 979-2948