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.

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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Championing the most complex refugees applications

August 20, 2019

Catalyst granting from The Law Foundation of Ontario is helping FCJ Refugee Centre extend its services and outreach.

The Law Foundation of Ontario Public Interest Articling Fellowship
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2018-2019 PIAF articling highlights

August 19, 2019

We asked our 2018-2019 Public Interest Articling Fellowship participants to share some highlights of their articling experience. Here is some of what they shared.

Newcomers Facing Labour Struggles
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Comic helps newcomers and frontline workers understand labour rights

July 4, 2019

Newcomers Facing Labour Struggles is a comic book produced by KEYS Job Centre that illustrates the types of law-related issues newcomers can face when trying to get, and keep, employment in Canada.