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(as on: Monday, October 20, 2014)
Ministry:  ATTORNEY GENERAL
Agency:  LEGAL AID ONTARIO
Agency URL:  www.legalaid.on.ca
Address:  40 Dundas Street West, Suite 200 Toronto ONT M5G 2H1
Tel.:  (416) 979-1446; 1-800-668-8258
Fax:  (416) 979-8669

Background:  Legal Aid Services Act, 1998, S.O. 1998, c. 26, Part II, ss. 3(1)
Period:  N/A - N/A
Type:  OPS

Prerogative:  Mandatory Legislation; Minister's OIC

Function:  The objects of the corporation are, to establish and administer a cost-effective and efficient system for providing high quality legal aid services to low-income individuals in Ontario; to establish policies and priorities for the provision of legal aid services based on its financial resources; to facilitate co-ordination among the different methods by which legal aid services are provided; to monitor and supervise legal aid services provided by clinics and other entities funded by the corporation; to co-ordinate services with other aspects of the justice system and with community services; and to advise the Attorney General on all aspects of legal aid services in Ontario, including any features of the justice system that affect or may affect the demand for or quality of legal aid services. The affairs of the corporation are governed and managed by its board of directors.

Membership:  The members of the Corporation shall consist of the members of its board of directors. The Lieutenant Governor in Council appoints one person as chair, selected by the Attorney General from a list of persons recommended by a committee comprised of the Attorney General or a person designated by him or her, the Treasurer of the Law Society or a person designated by him or her and a third party agreed upon by the Attorney General and the Treasurer of the Law Society or persons designated by them; five persons selected by the Attorney General from a list of persons recommended by the Law Society; and five persons recommended by the Attorney General. The president of the corporation shall be a non-voting member of the board. If a position on the board becomes vacant, a person shall be appointed to fill the vacancy under the same provision that the person whose position is being filled was appointed and the person may be appointed for the remainder of the term of the member being replaced or for a full term, as considered appropriate by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

Term:  A term of office is two or three years and members are eligible for reappointment. Upon the expiry of a member's term, the member may continue in office until his or her reappointment or his or her successor is appointed. The appointment of a member of the board shall not be terminated before the end of its term except for cause or under subsection 73(5).

Meetings:  The board of directors meets once every two months or at the call of the chair.

Requirements:  In selecting and recommending the five persons selected by the Attorney General from a list of persons recommended by the Law Society and the five persons recommended by the Attorney General, the Attorney General shall ensure that the board as a whole has knowledge, skills and experience in the areas that the Attorney General considers appropriate, including the following areas: business, management and financial matters of public or private sector organizations; law and the operation of courts and tribunals; the special legal needs of and the provision of legal services to low-income individuals and disadvantaged communities; the operation of clinics; and the social and economic circumstances associated with the special legal needs of low-income individuals and of disadvantaged communities. The Attorney General shall also ensure that these people reflect the geographic diversity of the province. The majority of the appointed members of the board shall be persons who are not lawyers and no more than three of the appointed members of the board shall be benchers of the Law Society.

ONTARIO GOVERNMENT APPOINTEES
No.   POSITION      MEMBER NAME       TENURE     REMUNERATION    LOCATION  
1.CHAIR (FULL-TIME)MCCAMUS, JOHN DOUGLAS05-JUL-2007 - 04-JUL-2016SMG3TORONTO
2.MEMBER (PART-TIME)MURPHY, TIMOTHY (TIM)25-MAR-2009 - 24-MAR-2014$375 PER DIEMTORONTO
3.MEMBER (PART-TIME)LISTON, JOHN19-MAR-2008 - 05-JUN-2015$375 PER DIEMLONDON
4.MEMBER (PART-TIME)ALIBHAI, ALY N.25-MAY-2004 - 17-JUL-2015$375 PER DIEMTORONTO
5.MEMBER (PART-TIME)YAKIMOVICH, JAMES25-JUN-2008 - 14-AUG-2015$375 PER DIEMTORONTO
6.MEMBER (PART-TIME)MCNEE, JAMES25-JUN-2008 - 11-SEP-2015$375 PER DIEMTORONTO
7.MEMBER (PART-TIME)HAIGH, MICHELLE18-APR-2011 - 17-APR-2016$375 PER DIEMBURLINGTON
8.MEMBER (PART-TIME)MILLAR, W. A. DERRY18-APR-2011 - 16-JUL-2016$375 PER DIEMTORONTO
9.MEMBER (PART-TIME)COOPER, NANCY18-FEB-2009 - 17-FEB-2017$375 PER DIEMTIMMINS
10.VACANCY-, - - --
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