About us

Through granting and collaboration, The Law Foundation of Ontario invests in knowledge and services that help people understand the law and use it to improve their lives.
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Toronto lawyer Min provided pro bono legal advice to women in rural and remote communities who have experienced domestic violence through Luke’s Place’s Virtual Legal Clinic

The Law Foundation of Ontario was established in 1974 under the Law Society Act. The Foundation receives and uses the interest on lawyers’ and paralegals’ mixed trust accounts to support legal education, legal research, legal aid, and law libraries in Ontario. We do this through grantmaking to nonprofits and providing funds to Legal Aid Ontario.

We are the sole foundation in Ontario with the mandate of improving access to justice. A priority for the Foundation is to pay particular attention to groups who have experienced injustice or inequity – past or current – and those who have experienced exclusion or barriers in society.

The Foundation also administers the Class Proceedings Fund, which provides cost assistance in class actions. The Class Proceedings Committee is responsible for deciding who will receive funding.

Our vision

Putting people at the heart of justice.

Our mission
Our approach

Access to justice exists when the public can understand, use, and afford information and services to prevent and resolve their legal disputes and to achieve just outcomes without delay.

Our people

The Law Foundation of Ontario is governed by a five-person voluntary Board of Trustees and supported by a staff team. Meet our Board and staff.

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Strategic plan

Following a process that included input from stakeholders, The Law Foundation of Ontario’s 2016-2020 strategic plan identifies four strategic directions.

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Annual reports

The Law Foundation of Ontario annual report provides an overview of the year’s activities and it is accompanied by audited financial statements.

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What's new

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Job posting: Director, Grants and Programs

September 6, 2022

We’re searching for a permanent, full-time Director, Grants and Programs to join our team.

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2021 annual report: A Just(ice) Recovery

October 3, 2022

We’re proud to release our 2021 annual report: A (Just)ice Recovery.

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Roberto Lattanzio receives 2022 Guthrie Award

September 28, 2022

The Law Foundation of Ontario is pleased to announce that the 2022 Guthrie Award recipient is disability rights advocate, Roberto Lattanzio.