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Legal Aid Ontario

Ministry
Attorney General
URL
www.legalaid.on.ca
Address
40 DUNDAS STREET WEST, SUITE 200
TORONTO
M5G2H1
Phone
(416) 979-1446
Fax
(416) 979-8669
Background
Legal Aid Services Act, 1998 (opens a new window)
Function

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) exists to administer a cost-effective and efficient system for providing high-quality legal services to low-income people in Ontario.

The corporation, which is governed and managed by its board of directors, establishes policies and priorities for the provision of legal aid services based on its financial resources. The corporation advises the Attorney General on all aspects of legal aid services in Ontario.

Legal aid is provided across the province by staff lawyers, private members of the bar working on legal aid certificates, and LAO-funded community legal clinics. Co-ordination among these different methods, other aspects of the justice system, and community services is supported by LAO. Public legal information and education is available online at www.legalaid.on.ca, and at legal information centres and courthouses province-wide.

 

Membership

The corporation consists of the members of its board of directors appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Attorney General.

The board shall be composed of 11 persons appointed for a specified term. Five of the persons shall be selected by the Attorney General from a list of persons recommended by the Law Society of Ontario. One shall be appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council as chair of the board, on the recommendation of the Attorney General, in consultation with the Law Society of Ontario. If there are one or more vacancies on the board, the remaining members may exercise all the powers of the board if they would constitute a quorum of the fully constituted board.

Term

There is no limitation in legislation.

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

Appointees to Legal Aid Ontario are remunerated $375 per diem except for the chair of the board, who is remunerated at a rate set by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

Appointments & Vacancies

No. Position Member Term Location
1. Chair (Full-Time) CHARLES HARNICK
11-Apr-2021 - 10-Apr-2022
toronto
2. Member (Part-Time) JENNIFER GOLD
10-Dec-2020 - 09-Dec-2022
brampton
3. Member (Part-Time) DEBORAH MORIAH
07-Jan-2021 - 06-Jan-2023
toronto
4. Member (Part-Time) BRYN GRAY
14-Jan-2021 - 13-Jan-2023
toronto
5. Member (Part-Time) JOHN CALLAGHAN
14-Jan-2021 - 13-Jan-2023
toronto
6. Member (Part-Time) JUDY MINTZ
05-Mar-2020 - 04-Mar-2023
toronto
7. Member (Part-Time) PETER JOHNSON
07-Jan-2021 - 06-Mar-2023
toronto
8. Member (Part-Time) CHRISTOPHER UWAGBOE
08-Apr-2021 - 07-Apr-2023
london
9. Member (Part-Time) JULIA BAILEY
29-Apr-2021 - 28-Apr-2023
orillia
10. Member (Part-Time) JAMES STEPHEN PENGELLY
08-Jul-2021 - 07-Jul-2023
bath
11. Member (Part-Time) MALCOLM HEINS
06-Jun-2021 - 05-Jun-2024
toronto