Advancing access to justice

Each year, The Law Foundation of Ontario awards millions of dollars to many carefully selected grantees. Through the work of grantees, and through funds paid to Legal Aid Ontario, the Foundation is carrying out its mission to advance access to justice in the province.

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Grants

The Law Foundation of Ontario makes grants to advance access to justice that align with our statutory objectives of: legal education, legal aid, legal research, and law libraries within Ontario.

We provide one-time and ongoing funding through a variety of granting programs. Grants are made to nonprofit organizations that work to benefit the people of Ontario. We also have a unique fund that provides grants to nonprofit organizations across Canada. We do not provide funding to individuals or to for-profit ventures or to support litigation or advocacy.

See our open calls for applications, granting programs, and grants made webpages to learn more.

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Legal help

The Class Proceedings Fund provides financial support to approved class action plaintiffs for legal disbursements, enabling many class action plaintiffs to pursue their claims and ultimately improve the lives of many people.

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News

Pamela Cross Guthrie Award Reception

November 4, 2019

Watch a video of Pamela Cross’ Guthrie Award speech and see photos on Facebook from her Guthrie Award Reception celebration.

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Over $700K to support empirical research on data collection and access in the justice sector

November 26, 2019

The Foundation has invested over $700K to fund 13 Measuring Impacts and Progress research projects to support empirical research to help improve how the justice system serves the people of Ontario.

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Over $400K invested in research projects to examine technology’s role in providing legal services

November 18, 2019

The Foundation has invested over $400K to support six Justice and Technology Research projects to better understand the practical ways that technology is, or could, change how legal services are provided and to support access to justice for people with legal needs.