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.

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 values

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

Meet our dedicated team of Board of Trustees, Class Proceedings Committee, and staff members.

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Strategic plan

As we begin our 50th anniversary year, we are excited to share Growing Possibilities, our 2024-2029 strategic plan.

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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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Growing Possibilities: sharing our strategic plan

January 29, 2024

As we begin our 50th anniversary year, we are excited to share Growing Possibilities, our 2024-2029 strategic plan.

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New partnership with Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund

February 15, 2024

We’re pleased to announce a partnership with the Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund.

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Responsive Call for Applications

February 13, 2024

Call for applications information and application form to apply to the Responsive program
Due date: rolling deadline
Grant amounts: up to $250,000