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About The Law Foundation of Ontario Established by statute in 1974, The Law Foundation of Ontario is the sole foundation in Ontario with the mandate of improving access to justice. Through granting and collaboration, the Foundation invests in knowledge and services that help people understand the law and use it to improve their lives. The Foundation also administers the Class Proceedings Fund, which provides cost assistance in class actions.
Linda R. Rothstein
Chair, Board of Trustees Partner Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP
The Law Foundation of Ontario is a nonprofit organization, created by statute of the Law Society Act in 1974.
The Law Foundation of Ontario is the only Ontario foundation with a primary focus on access to justice.
A five-person volunteer Board of Trustees governs The Law Foundation of Ontario, supported by a staff team.
The Law Foundation of Ontario’s main source of revenue is interest from lawyers’ and paralegals’ mixed trust accounts.
By law, The Law Foundation of Ontario gives 75% of this revenue after operating expenses to Legal Aid Ontario.
The Law Foundation of Ontario uses the remaining 25% for innovative grants to improve access to justice.
The Law Foundation of Ontario also receives funds from the proceeds of class action lawsuits where the court has made a cy-près award in its favour. The Foundation uses these funds to make grants across the country through the Access to Justice Fund.