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Expanding Aftermetoo legal information

Aftermetoo will further test, expand, and enhance its web platform to better serve people facing workplace sexual harassment with a particular focus on those with specific unmet informational needs such as Indigenous people, gig economy workers, and sex workers. Aftermetoo.com centralizes laws, judicial systems, reporting options, and supports across Canada for those who experience or observe workplace sexual harassment. It uses clear and accessible language to answer common questions and provides step-by-step information to guide people through judicial and administrative forums.

$ 139,330
September 27, 2023
2024 BLSA Canada Conference

Black Law Students’ Association of Canada (BLSA Canada) will host its annual conference benefiting Black law students from across the country. BLSA Canada aims to foster connections between Black law students and legal professionals to promote professional development, legal education, and cultural awareness within the legal sector.


$ 100,000
September 27, 2023
Justice Navigation Project

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Northeastern Ontario will create a Justice Navigation Project to provide practical and legal supports to people in northeastern Ontario in contact with the justice system. Justice Navigators will help approximately 100 people each year with legal aid applications, accessing diversion and other programming, and participating in Pre-Sentence and Gladue reports. Project trainings and a manual will be developed to help sustain and replicate the project. The objective of the project is to improve people’s understanding of their legal rights, produce more positive outcomes, and create efficiencies for the courts.


$ 229,168
September 27, 2023
EFSNWO Court Support Program

Elizabeth Fry Society of Northwestern Ontario’s Court Support Program in Thunder Bay supports women and gender-diverse individuals with: court accompaniment; safety planning; and information about court dates, legal processes and terminology; and failure to appear and related administrative charges. It also offers assistance with navigating the process of obtaining legal aid, connecting with legal representation, and with a range of services, including mental health support, housing resources, and substance abuse treatment.


$ 133,320
September 27, 2023
Developing Pre-Sentence Community Options For People who are Marginalized

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Peterborough (EFSP) will expand its justice services to support marginalized people in Peterborough and area. EFSP will develop: a pilot program to increase access to community alternatives at pre-sentence by diverting matters from the court; and an outreach plan to reach criminalized individuals who are unhoused and face barriers to accessing supports. The objective of the project is to support people who face multiple, complex challenges to complete court requirements.


$ 90,825
September 27, 2023
Dehsahsodre Bail Release and Supervision Program

Healing of the Seven Generations’ Dehsahsodre Bail Release and Supervision Program, located in the Region of Waterloo, offers an alternative to typical bail release programs with a focus on reducing the overrepresentation of Indigenous people in the criminal justice system by facilitating culturally informed programming and allowing more people to remain in the community while awaiting hearings.


$ 202,592
September 27, 2023
Rural & Remote Access to Justice Clinics

The John Howard Society of Simcoe & Muskoka will expand its digital access to justice program to rural and remote communities in Simcoe & Muskoka: Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Midland, Penetanguishene, and Collingwood/ Wasaga. The rotating, weekly clinics will offer support for disclosure requests, digital access to court appearances, connection to legal and duty counsel, and record suspension applications. Benefiting vulnerable and disproportionally criminalized populations within rural and remote communities, the objective of this project is to support participation in the justice system and to reduce discrimination and criminalization.


$ 204,262
September 27, 2023
Community Justice Navigator and Legal Education Officers

The Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation will work with Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) communities to set up Starlink systems in 29 communities so they may access remote fly-in court. Travel distances and unreliable internet connections across NAN territory prevent matters before the courts from progressing in a timely manner. By setting up reliable internet and virtual courts, the objective of this project is to increase access to and timeliness of court proceedings, benefiting the individuals involved and the justice system broadly. The project will also develop and provide legal education workshops, materials, and presentations across the communities.


$ 248,800
September 27, 2023
We Got You, Sis

Sisters in Sync will partner with KnowledgeFlow Cyber Security Foundation and Victim Support and Services of Hamilton to introduce We’ve Got You Sis, a program with a multi-disciplinary approach focusing on community outreach and capacity building to encourage disclosure from Black girls and women who have experienced sexual assault, discrimination, and/or hate incidents. The objective of the project is premised on the hypothesis that if individuals are given the opportunity and tools to work on their self-esteem, emotional intelligence, and resilience, coupled with training on self-advocacy, they will feel empowered to access support and disclose their experiences.


$ 138,200
September 27, 2023
Canada Press Freedom Project: Legal Education for Media

Toronto Metropolitan University, School of Journalism’s Canada Press Freedom Project is an initiative of J-Source, which is a website managed by Canada’s two largest post-secondary journalism programs located at Toronto Metropolitan University and Carleton University that covers media, labour, business, education, ethics, and more. CPFP’s Legal Education for Media Project will develop and produce a series of legal guides and educational tools to assist journalists, students, and researchers with a better understanding and improved navigation of press freedom rights.


$ 128,060
September 27, 2023
Innocence Ottawa Indigenous Prisoner Outreach

Innocence Ottawa at the University of Ottawa, a student-involved innocence project that helps the wrongly convicted in Ontario who are seeking exoneration, will implement an outreach project for Indigenous people in prisons to make them aware of its services. The objective of the project is to increase the number of applications received from Indigenous individuals seeking review of their convictions.


$ 55,941
September 27, 2023
Understanding Transmisogynoir (Lawyers Edition)

Black Femme Legal will offer training on transmisogynoir for lawyers and legal professionals in Ontario. This project is delivered in partnership with The 519 and builds on Black Femme Legal’s transmisogynoir toolkit and pro bono clinic. This initiative will benefit legal professionals and the Black 2SLGBTQI+ community by providing legal education on the experiences at the intersection of misogyny, transphobia, and anti-Blackness. The objective is to increase the quality of legal services for members of the Black 2SLGBTQI+ community.


$ 100,000
September 26, 2023
Safe and Secure Futures: An Evergreen Approach

Partners for Planning will update and digitize Ontario’s Safe and Secure workbook and develop training and resources for planning professionals. The project will also pilot a subsidized facilitation service for family networks in Ontario. With Pooran Law, the Ontario Caregivers Organization, and Community Living Ontario, this initiative will increase the confidence of people with a disability and their families to secure their futures by navigating and participating in the legal system.


$ 157,285
September 26, 2023
Legal System Navigation for Youth & Families

Sudbury District Restorative Justice will partner with local service providers to research legal services available in the region, create a legal services process map, and provide legal system navigation to socio-economically disadvantaged youth and their families in the Greater Sudbury region. The objective of this project is to improve access to legal representation and support services for youth and their families navigating the justice system.


$ 45,512
September 26, 2023
CNIB Guide Dog Handlers and Police Training

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind will create and deliver workshops for guide dog handlers and produce a training video for Police Services in Ontario. This project will provide guide dog handlers with information about legal recourse options in the event of discrimination, particularly access denial. Police Services will benefit from increased knowledge about provincial legislation specific to guide dogs and enforcement procedures.


$ 123,654
July 20, 2023
Legal Guide to LGBTQIA+ Refugee Private Sponsorship Applications

Capital Rainbow Refuge in partnership with Rainbow Haven, will create a toolkit and supplementary materials to support the sponsorship application process for LGBQTIA+ sponsorship groups in Ontario. These resources will benefit sponsor groups, law students, and those providing legal guidance in the preparation of LGBTQIA+ sponsorship applications. LGBTQIA+ refugees often are imminently at risk due to laws in their home country criminalizing consensual same-sex relations, their sexual orientation. or gender identity.


$ 39,000
July 20, 2023
Centre for Refugee Children – Enhancing Child Representative Legal Support

The Centre for Refugee Children will expand and adapt its Child Representative Legal Support Program to enhance specialized legal support for unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) navigating immigration proceedings in Ontario. In collaboration with FCJ Refugee Centre and legal partners, the project will provide UASC with enhanced access to child representatives at all stages of the immigration process and provide newly-established referrals to summary legal advice for UASC.The project will ensure that UASC in Ontario are informed, engaged, and supported throughout their legal immigration process.


$ 77,924
July 20, 2023
Aîné.es Avisé.es

The Ottawa Francophone Legal Clinic (Clinique juridique francophone d’Ottawa) will conduct a legal education project with Francophone elders, and the workers who support them, in Ottawa and across Ontario. Partners include the Fédération des aînés et des retraités francophones de l’Ontario (FARFO) and Retraite en action. The objective of the project is to prevent legal issues that Francophone elders may face and the harm they may experience as a result.

La Clinique juridique francophone d’Ottawa effectuera un projet d’éducation juridique auprès des aîné.es francophones et des intervenant.es qui les soutiennent à Ottawa et en Ontario. Les partenaires comprennent la Fédération des aînés et des retraités francophones de l’Ontario (FARFO) and Retraite en action. L’objectif du projet est de prévenir les problèmes juridiques auxquels les aîné.es francophones peuvent faire face et les préjudices en découlant.


$ 101,860
July 20, 2023
ID Clinic – Expansion of Pilot Project

Osgoode Hall Law School’s Community Legal Aid Services Program (CLASP) will expand its identification documents (ID) clinic serving the Greater Toronto Area. In partnership with community hubs such as the Weston King Neighborhood Centre, CLASP will hire a Community Outreach Worker to supervise students, coordinate partnerships, and train outreach workers in ID services. The objective of the project is to assist low-income and marginalized individuals to secure ID so that they can access basic services such as healthcare, employment, and immigration.


$ 151,500
July 20, 2023
Triaging legal needs of unhoused people and shelter-hotel residents

Community Justice Collective will pilot the position of a triage lawyer to receive calls about the legal needs of unhoused people and make referrals to pro-bono lawyers and peer advocates. The objective of this project is to expand legal supports for a community of people who experience extensive criminalization, marginalization, harassment and abuse in the greater Toronto and Hamilton areas.


$ 94,740
July 20, 2023
Your Legal Guide to Special Education Rights in Ontario

Community Living Ontario, in partnership with PooranLaw, will develop an online guide focused on the legal and educational rights of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Ontario’s public school system. The guide will provide an overview of the accommodations and supports available to students, review and appeal processes, and the roles of school boards, the Ontario Special Education Tribunals, and the Human Rights Tribunal. The objective of the project is to equip families with information to help them understand their rights and access the school system’s supports and accommodations.


$ 62,150
July 20, 2023
Canada-US Virtual Border Clinic Pilot

COMPASS Refugee Centre will pilot a virtual Canada-US border clinic based in Ontario. Partners include the Canada-US Border Network and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers. This initiative will benefit border crossers seeking protection in Canada, potential anchor relatives in Canada, NGOs in Ontario and the United States, and Canadian immigration lawyers. The objective of the project is to provide quality legal information and advice for border crossers and those who serve them.


$ 214,964
July 20, 2023
EnAbling Justice: Access and Autonomy for Disabled People Facing Criminalization in Ontario.

Disability Justice Network of Ontario will develop and publish a resource entitled, “EnAbling Justice: Access and Autonomy for Disabled People Facing Criminalization in Ontario” to meet the needs identified by racialized people with disabilities in Ontario who are incarcerated or otherwise in contact with the criminal justice system. The objective of this project is to support disabled people as they navigate the intersection of ableism, racism, and incarceration and give them increased knowledge, confidence, and autonomy when their dignity and freedom is at stake.


$ 42,382
July 20, 2023
Elder law capacity building in Grey-Bruce

Grey-Bruce Community Legal Clinic will educate seniors, members of the public, and trusted intermediaries who support seniors about elder law. The objective of the project is to build the capacity of these groups to identify legal issues impacting seniors and access appropriate resources for assistance with these issues. This elder law capacity building will occur in the clinic’s catchment area of Grey and Bruce Counties and includes the Saugeen First Nation and the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation.


$ 249,953
July 20, 2023
Consultation Knowledge Building, Interpretation, and Implementation

Kijicho Manito Madouskarini Algonquin First Nation, located south of Algonquin Provincial Park, will research, interpret, educate about, and develop policies and procedures to clarify and be responsive to the implications of “Duty to Consult” legislation on its unceded territory. A manual will be developed primarily for government and private businesses to be used when consulting with the Algonquins of Ontario.


$ 105,320
July 20, 2023
Making My Refugee Claim Resources Accessible to Refugee Claimants

Kinbrace’s myrefugeeclaim.ca web platform assists refugee claimants through the refugee determination process. Kinbrace will translate this website into eight languages and will automate its registration system for its virtual Ready Tours to meet expected increased demand. The objective of the project is to reach a minimum of 85% of all refugee claimants in Ontario with resources in their preferred languages so they are informed, connected, and prepared throughout their refugee claim journey.


$ 250,000
July 20, 2023
Enhancing the Legal Capacity of Women International Students

Laadliyan will create culturally appropriate public legal education videos and a database of legal supports for international students, in particular young, female international students living in Peel Region. The resources developed will be available in English, Punjabi, and Hindi. With limited knowledge about their legal rights in Canada and their vulnerable immigration status, this group faces an elevated level of exploitation by employers and landlords. The objective of the project is to build the students’ capacity to understand and exercise their legal rights.


$ 71,550
July 20, 2023
Environmental Justice Education for Ontario Youth

Level will expand its Environmental Justice Program. The program, developed in partnership with Climate Action Alliance, includes presentations from Elders and other experts on environmental justice, and culminates in a mock negotiation circle where students take on roles representing different parties in a legal environmental dispute. The program provides youth with the skills and education to be advocates for marginalized communities who face the consequences of environmental degradation.


$ 93,260
July 20, 2023
Advancing Access to Justice for Vulnerable Muslim Communities in Ontario

Muslim Legal Support Centre’s Advancing Access to Justice for Vulnerable Muslim Communities in Ontario project will provide court navigation services to help with understanding court proceedings and processes. Language interpretation will be provided for meetings and interactions outside of court proceedings, as well as referrals, where necessary, to other community services and support. Community organizations and leaders will be engaged to raise awareness of the program and will be provided with educational resources on legal rights and reporting incidents of Islamophobia.


$ 92,000
July 20, 2023
Law and Advocacy Initiative Project

Parents of Black Children will create a bilingual legal rights and education toolkit and offer legal navigation services for black students in Ontario. In partnership with Black Legal Action Centre and members of the Student and Family Advocates Initiative, this project will benefit parents of Black children in Ontario facing incidents in schools such as discipline and referrals to the child welfare system. The objective is to provide legal information and support that reflects the lived experience of Black Ontarians in the education system.


$ 139,455
July 20, 2023
Revitalizing Indigenous Legal Orders Clinical Course

Queen’s University Faculty of Law will develop and deliver a clinical course for law students to partner with the Anishinabek Nation to expand the Nation’s governance and legal revitalization work. The clinical course will enhance the capacity of the leadership and members of the Anishinabek Nation to strengthen community wellbeing through effective governance. This project also responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action for law schools to train future lawyers in critical skills and knowledge related to Indigenous history and law.


$ 57,000
July 20, 2023

San Lorenzo Latin American Community Centre

Conoce tus derechos laborales en Ontario (Know your rights in Ontario)

San Lorenzo Latin American Community Centre will provide in-person workshops and host a live, weekly call-in radio show through their CRTC-licensed radio station (CHHA 1610 AM) to create interactive and engaging community spaces for newcomers and immigrants from Latin American countries living in the Toronto and Hamilton areas. This project will help to inform and connect individuals with legal education, specifically about labour rights and laws in Ontario and where to find support and information in the community.


$ 15,959
July 20, 2023
Resisting Remand: A Gladue Bail Program for Indigenous People in Sault Ste. Marie

The Sault Ste. Marie Indian Friendship Centre, in partnership with Dr. Jane Dickson (Carleton University), will pilot a Gladue bail program for Indigenous people in Sault Ste. Marie. A first of its kind in Ontario, the Centre will hire a Gladue Bail Report (GBR) Support Worker to provide support to and oversight of persons released on bail, and to develop and deliver training on the preparation of GBRs and info sessions for defense bar, Crowns, and courts. This initiative will fill a gap in Gladue services as only a modest percentage of courts receive Gladue reports at sentencing.


$ 233,476
July 20, 2023
Communities Building Justice Together (CBJT): Increasing Access to Justice for Indigenous and Black communities in Scarborough

Scarborough Community Legal Services’ Communities Building Justice Together program will build and develop community-led resources with East Scarborough’s Black and Indigenous communities by providing support navigating the legal system and by providing a platform for community development around access to justice issues.


$ 147,000
July 20, 2023

Society’s Bella Coola Legal Advocacy Program

Legal Information for Indigenous People: National Edition

Society’s Bella Coola Legal Advocacy Program will adapt its British Columbia-specific Legal Information for Indigenous People booklet into a nationally relevant version. Additions will include sections about status, prisons, borders, and criminal and federal child protection laws. The booklet will be distributed throughout Canada to Indigenous-led and Indigenous-serving organizations, as well as to legal aid organizations. The online version will be updated as required through Clicklaw. The objective of the project is to increase knowledge of the legal issues that affect Indigenous people, including those living on and off reserve communities.


$ 46,000
July 20, 2023
Family Court Advocacy Program

The Women’s Centre of Halton will expand its legal services by piloting a family court advocacy program for survivors of intimate partner violence in Halton. In consultation with legal experts, Family Court Advocates will offer case management support and public legal information. The objective of this project is to improve survivors’ knowledge of the legal system and their legal rights and options and to provide access to timely support in navigating the family court system.


$ 164,650
July 20, 2023
Know Your Transit Rights

TTCriders will develop Know Your Transit Rights resources to provide legal information to members of the public, community agencies, and legal clinics on the Wheel-Trans application and appeals process and on the fare enforcement complaints process. Partners include volunteer lawyers who will provide pro bono legal research and oversight. This initiative will primarily benefit disabled, low-income, and racialized transit users who are impacted by transit enforcement interactions and changes to paratransit. The objective of the project is to increase awareness of legal rights on public transit and of transit legal and administrative processes.


$ 35,580
July 20, 2023
African, Caribbean, Black Family Group Conferencing Project (ACB-FGC)

University of Toronto’s African, Caribbean, Black Family Group Conferencing project addresses the negative experiences of African, Caribbean, and Black (ACB) families and youth in the child welfare system, primarily in the Greater Toronto Area, by providing culturally responsive, restorative alternatives to traditional group conferencing. The objective of the project is to model and develop the Ujima Mediation Training for Families and Youth, a researched-based, Black-focused mediator training model for mediators working with low-income Black families involved in family court. This project will expand operations into new forms of mediation, broadening the work in the child welfare sector and into other areas where ACB families can benefit from mediation, particularly family law.


$ 200,810
July 20, 2023
Civil Procedure and Practice in Ontario: 2023 Edition

The University of Windsor, Faculty of Law will update its Civil Procedure and Practice in Ontario guide, test its usability with audiences, and expand its reach so it is available to more people, including public library and Steps to Justice users, and those who use Google or Wikipedia in search of legal knowledge. The objective of the project is to provide self-represented litigants with a free, accessible and plain-language online resource on Ontario civil procedure (published on CanLII).


$ 17,397
July 20, 2023
Building Legal Supports for Marginalized Ontarians

Through this project, Whistleblowing Canada Research Society will survey Ontario lawyers to identify those who take whistleblowing cases and offer pro bono consultations and develop a directory for the public. Educational videos and materials will also be developed to inform and educate the general public – potential whistleblowers – about their rights.


$ 32,100
July 20, 2023

Black Opportunity Fund

Black Opportunity Fund Partnership

This 2-year partnership will enable the Black Opportunity Fund to provide grants to Black-led, Black-serving nonprofits with impactful initiatives helping Black communities better understand and navigate the criminal justice system.


$ 200,000
May 11, 2023

Legal Information and Resource Network

Innovation and Equity of Access in Ontario Courthouse Libraries

In this 2-year project, the Legal Information and Resource Network (LiRN) will promote Access to Innovation through an Innovation Sandbox that allows libraries to test new technologies, and increase equitable access to key legal resources across the province by improving collections to a minimum standard and growing e-LiRN, its suite of electronic research databases.


$ 1,400,000
April 13, 2023
Annual Comprehensive 2023-2024

The Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 201,960
December 6, 2022
Annual Comprehensive 2023-2024

Lincoln Alexander School of Law at Toronto Metropolitan University will conduct a needs assessment in order to establish a student legal clinic that responds to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 335,280
December 6, 2022
Catalyst II 2023

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project is dedicated to better understanding the needs, motivations, and challenges of self-represented litigants (SRLs) in civil and family courts and administrative tribunals. It promotes new and more affordable models of legal service delivery that better support SRLs. It is committed to the development of practical resources geared specifically to SRLs’ needs, especially in relation to cultural and procedural matters that can often confound them.


$ 157,500
December 6, 2022
Annual Comprehensive 2023-2024

Osgoode Hall Law School will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 403,920
December 6, 2022
Annual Comprehensive 2023-2024

Queen’s University, Faculty of Law will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 335,280
December 6, 2022
Roy & Ria McMurtry Endowment 2022

The Second Chance Scholarship Foundation will provide a post-secondary education scholarship to a student who is, has been, or is at risk of becoming in conflict with the law and who is enrolled in a college or university program relating to legal education.


$ 5,000
December 6, 2022
Annual Comprehensive 2023-2024

The University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 201,960
December 6, 2022
Annual Comprehensive 2023-2024

The University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 403,920
December 6, 2022
Annual Comprehensive 2023-2024

The University of Toronto, Faculty of Law will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 335,280
December 6, 2022
Annual Comprehensive 2023-24

The University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 335,280
December 6, 2022
Annual Comprehensive 2023-24

The University of Windsor, Faculty of Law will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 335,280
December 6, 2022
Catalyst II 2023

Aboriginal Legal Services (ALS) supports Indigenous community members across Ontario who are experiencing legal issues. ALS offers legal services such as court workers, Gladue services, a post-charge diversion program, an alternative dispute resolution program for child welfare matters, and justice circles. This initiative will enhance Indigenous communities’ access to legal services that are culturally responsive.


$ 157,500
October 25, 2022
Catalyst II 2023

L’Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO) will offer services at its legal information centre in Ottawa and deliver workshops on a range of legal topics. Ontarians are also able to access legal information through AJEFO’s CliquezJustice.ca portal. This initiative will enhance Ontarians’ access to French language legal services.


$ 232,500
October 25, 2022
Criminalization of Women Pro-Bono Project, Catalyst II 2023

The Criminalization of Women Pro-Bono Project at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic will provide trauma-informed summary legal advice, brief services, and referrals to women and non-binary people who have experienced gender-based violence and have been charged with or convicted of a criminal offence. This initiative will connect women and non-binary people to responsive and trauma-informed legal support.


$ 158,214
October 25, 2022
Pro Bono and Public Education Program, Catalyst II 2023

The Canadian Centre for Housing Rights’ Pro Bono and Public Education Program will provide legal support that is tailored to the needs of low income tenants in Ontario who face eviction or experience human rights violations connected to their housing. CCHR will offer educational programming for service providers, workshops for community members, system navigation support, and referrals to volunteer lawyers. This initiative will enhance tenants’ access to timely and reliable legal support.


$ 157,500
October 25, 2022
Catalyst II 2023

Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust will deliver workshops to educate Ontario students, teachers, newcomers, and the public about their civil rights and freedoms, and democracy more broadly. This initiative will increase access to reliable and youth-centric information on civil liberties.


$ 271,055
October 25, 2022
Catalyst II 2023

The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice will undertake public-focused, evidence-based, empirical research and dissemination activities that fill information gaps around civil and family justice needs in Ontario, as well as more broadly in Canada. This initiative will facilitate the creation of justice indicators and metrics that will support interdisciplinary collaboration and evidence-based decision making.


$ 115,500
October 25, 2022
CLEO Connect, Catalyst II 2023

Community Legal Education Ontario’s CLEO Connect program will continue to develop clear, accurate, and practical legal rights education and information resources to help people understand and exercise their legal rights, with a particular focus on support for trusted intermediaries.


$ 424,250
October 25, 2022
Connecting Ottawa, Catalyst II 2023

Connecting Ottawa will continue to coordinate a consortium of over 50 legal and non-legal organizations to implement a regional plan to provide legal information and referrals to people who are not proficient in English or French or who face communication challenges as the result of a disability or sensory impairment. The initiative will also enhance linkages between legal and community workers in Ontario.


$ 293,738
October 25, 2022
Catalyst II 2023

The FCJ Refugee Centre serves refugees and others at risk due to their immigration status through all steps of the refugee determination and refugee appeals processes. The Centre primarily works with refugee claimants, rejected refugee claimants, individuals with precarious immigration status, temporary foreign workers, and those who have been victims of human trafficking. It also provides training workshops and legal education materials for frontline workers who serve refugees in the Greater Toronto Area and other parts of southern Ontario on aspects of the immigration and refugee process and procedures. The Catalyst grant will help the Centre to ensure it has the capacity and expertise to serve its clients and assist other organizations to do so, as well as to ensure its evolution and sustainability.


$ 202,252
October 25, 2022
Catalyst II 2023

Innocence Canada is dedicated to identifying, advocating for, and exonerating individuals convicted of a crime that they did not commit and to preventing such injustices in the future through legal education and justice system reform. The Catalyst grant will enable the organization to continue to coordinate and administer its pro bono program, which reviews and assesses claims of innocence, as well as to enable the continuation of its legal education program.


$ 362,650
October 25, 2022
Childhood Arrivals Support and Advocacy Program, Catalyst II 2023

The Childhood Arrivals Support and Advocacy Program works to support undocumented childhood arrivals. These are young people who were moved to Canada as children who have lived their lives in Canada without official authorization or documentation, and thus are vulnerable to deportation to birth countries where they have little to no connection. Activities include outreach to youth, teachers, and parents through schools and community programs and legal system navigation, including pro bono legal support, in an effort to file permanent residence applications.


$ 269,744
October 25, 2022
Catalyst II 2023

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) will conduct research, provide multidisciplinary analysis, and develop reports on current and emerging legal policy issues to promote access to justice and contribute to public debate on a broad range of legal issues, such as artificial intelligence, consumer protections, protection orders, and environmental accountability. Through this initiative, LCO aims to promote access to justice and contribute to public debate, benefiting justice sector stakeholders and the general public.


$ 627,500
October 25, 2022
Catalyst II 2023

Law in Action Within Schools is a partnership between the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, and the Toronto District School Board, and will continue to deliver a law and justice-themed academic and extra-curricular high school program designed to teach students about law and justice. It will support them to graduate from high school, access post-secondary education, and consider a justice sector or legal profession career.


$ 232,500
October 25, 2022
Indigenous Youth Outreach Program, Catalyst II 2023

Level’s Indigenous Youth Outreach Program engages First Nations, Métis, and Inuit youth throughout Canada in specialized justice education and mentorship activities led by predominantly Indigenous justice sector volunteers. The program encourages youth to increase their critical thinking and leadership skills and their knowledge of the law and careers in justice.


$ 87,150
October 25, 2022
Catalyst II 2023

Luke’s Place Support and Resource Centre for Women and Children will continue to provide family law support for women who have experienced intimate partner violence, as well as training, resources, and mentoring to frontline workers and lawyers who assist them in Durham region and provincially.


$ 232,500
October 25, 2022
Justice Program, Catalyst II 2023

The Métis Nation of Ontario’s (MNO) Justice Program will provide culturally informed legal support to Métis people through brief services, legal information, system navigation, and legal referrals. This initiative will enhance MNO’s capacity to respond to the current and emerging legal needs of its citizens.


$ 169,959
October 25, 2022
Catalyst II 2023

The Muslim Legal Support Centre (MLSC) will connect Muslim communities across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to volunteer lawyers who will provide free summary advice and brief services. MLSC will also host public legal education sessions in partnership with community organizations in the GTA. This initiative will enhance Muslim communities’ access to culturally responsive and accessible legal support.


$ 118,854
October 25, 2022
Catalyst II 2023

Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) will engage the judiciary, the Bar, the courts, and the education community throughout Ontario by developing innovative educational tools that introduce young people to the justice system. This initiative will provide young people with tools to understand the law and develop the ability to address their own legal issues.


$ 934,500
October 25, 2022
Catalyst II 2023

Pro Bono Ontario (PBO) bridges the gap between low-income Ontarians who cannot afford a lawyer or qualify for legal aid and lawyers who want to donate their services. Its programs include a legal advice hotline, litigation assistance programs in small claims court and Superior Court in Toronto and Ottawa, and medical-legal partnerships that operate out of five children’s hospitals. In addition to supporting these activities, the Catalyst grant will enable PBO to enhance its hotline services. The hotline currently provides free summary advice and legal drafting services in the areas of civil litigation, consumer debt and protection, employment law, housing, power of attorney for property and personal care, and corporate law (for nonprofits and small newcomer-run start-ups).


$ 924,000
October 25, 2022
Catalyst II 2023

Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) provides legal help without charge to low-income individuals and nonprofit organizations, and experiential learning opportunities to law students. With chapters in 22 of 23 Canadian law schools, PBSC develops legal placements for law students in a range of work settings including legal clinics, nonprofit organizations, courts, and tribunals. Under the supervision of a lawyer, student volunteers draft memos, develop and deliver legal education workshops, assist lawyers and duty counsel with client intake, assist clients with document preparation, represent clients before tribunals and courts (under lawyer supervision), and provide legal information to clients.


$ 625,278
October 25, 2022
Catalyst II 2023

The Probono Inmate Appeal Program will continue to coordinate and support a roster of experienced criminal appellate counsel to act as duty counsel on the appeals of unrepresented appellants in criminal cases before the Court of Appeal for Ontario. This initiative will enhance unrepresented appellants’ access to legal support.


$ 107,993
October 25, 2022
Access to Justice and Direct Legal Services, Catalyst II 2023

The 519’s Access to Justice and Direct Legal Services program responds to the legal needs of 2SLGBTQ+ communities in Toronto and Ontario. The 519 offers a general summary advice legal clinic, specialty legal clinics for criminal law, immigration and refugee law, housing law, and Trans ID matters, refugee mock hearings, a court support program, and public legal education workshops. This initiative will enhance access to legal resources that are tailored to the specific needs of 2SLGBTQ+ communities in the province.


$ 157,500
October 25, 2022
Catalyst II 2023

The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History will study and promote public interest in the history of the law, the legal profession, and the judiciary in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada. It does so by publishing books on Canadian legal history, creating and preserving an oral history archive, supporting academic research, and hosting a diverse range of topical educational events.


$ 193,441
October 25, 2022
Public Education, Catalyst II 2023

Workers’ Action Centre (WAC) will continue to provide information resources to people in low-wage and precarious employment in Ontario. Through its Developing Critical Post-Pandemic Public Education Strategies to Improve Access to Justice for Workers in Precarious Employment program, WAC will provide responsive public education strategies and resources to reach workers facing emerging barriers, including those who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and are facing increased barriers to access to justice.


$ 182,100
October 25, 2022
RISE: Increasing Access to Justice for Survivors of Human Trafficking

Angels of Hope (AOH) will provide system navigation support to survivors of human trafficking in Northeastern Ontario. AOH’s court support worker will provide survivors with a range of holistic supports including information about the court process, helping prepare survivors for court, accompanying survivors to court proceedings, and providing referrals to counselling and other community supports. Partners include the Sudbury Crown Attorney’s office.


$ 99,600
September 29, 2022
Youth Court Access Initiative

BGC Durham will hire a youth court access coordinator to provide referrals and system navigation support to racialized youth who are involved in the criminal justice system. The coordinator will also deliver workshops and create a toolkit to share legal information and resources. This initiative will benefit racialized youth, ages 12-17, who live in and around Durham. BGC Durham aims to increase access to legal supports that are responsive to the needs of youth in conflict with the law.


$ 88,135
September 29, 2022
Black Femme Legal Pro Bono Clinic

Black Femme Legal (BFL) will pilot a pro bono clinic for Black 2SLGBTQI+ Ontarians who have experienced anti-Black racism and sexual violence in the workplace. Community members will receive summary legal advice, brief services, and appropriate referrals from a volunteer lawyer in BFL’s network. BFL will provide training on anti-Black racism and mysogynoir to all the pro bono lawyers who participate in the project. Partners include The 519. BFL aims to fill a gap in legal support and services that are tailored to the unique legal needs of Black 2SLGBTQI+ Ontarians who have experienced intersecting forms of anti-Black racism and sexual violence in the workplace.


$ 65,000
September 29, 2022
2023 BLSA Canada Conference

Black Law Students’ Association of Canada (BLSA Canada) will host its annual conference benefiting Black law students from across the country. BLSA Canada aims to foster connections between Black law students and legal professionals to promote professional development, legal education, and cultural awareness within the legal sector.


$ 35,000
September 29, 2022
Bringing CNIB’s Y.E.L.L. Program to W. Ross Macdonald School

Canadian National Institute for the Blind Foundation (CNIB) will provide Youth Empowerment through Legal Learning (Y.E.L.L.) programming to blind, partially sighted, and Deafblind students at W. Ross Macdonald School in Brantford, Ontario. The objective of this project is to increase students’ knowledge of their rights, advocacy skills, and confidence to challenge discrimination and assert their rights in a way that promotes inclusion, dignity, and individualization.


$ 21,878
September 29, 2022
Access to Justice for Spanish Speaking Seniors

Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples Legal Clinic (CSSP) will hire a paralegal who will develop and implement an outreach strategy for connecting with Spanish-speaking seniors in the GTA. This initiative will benefit Spanish-speaking seniors who are living in isolation with no access to other seniors or community supports. CSSP aims to increase these community members’ access to legal information and legal supports.


$ 99,872
September 29, 2022
Centre for Refugee Children – Legal Education Resources for UASCs and Refugee Children

The Centre for Refugee Children will develop, in collaboration with legal experts and community partners, a comprehensive catalogue of resources for refugee children and youth in Ontario, and those who support them. The objective of the project is to provide critical legal information in accessible language to unaccompanied and separated minors on the most important issues and processes they must navigate within the immigration and other systems they encounter during their settlement in the province.


$ 97,100
September 29, 2022
Prison Outreach Project

Downtown Legal Services (DLS) will expand its legal services to aid inmates in Toronto-area provincial penal institutions. This pilot program will assist inmates in identifying unmet legal needs and providing them with brief legal services and representation or, where DLS is not able to assist, connecting them with other legal supports.


$ 78,200
September 29, 2022
Community Legal Information and Preventive Education for Spanish-speaking Latinos in Toronto

Hispanic Development council (HDC) will provide intake, referral, and system navigation support to the Latin American Hispanic community in the Greater Toronto Area. This initiative will benefit community members with a range of legal needs, including family law, child protection, youth justice, wills & estates, and housing. HDC aims to increase the community’s access to reliable legal information and support that is linguistically and culturally appropriate.


$ 62,420
September 29, 2022
Building Systems of Community Practice to Address the Civil Legal Needs of Justice-Involved Ontarians

John Howard Society of Ontario (JHSO) will expand their Civil Legal Needs Program. JHSO will conduct research to better understand the unique civil legal needs of BIPOC populations in Ontario to create responsive and relevant educational content.The objective of the project is to increase trusted intermediaries’ ability to act as a bridge between justice involved individuals and the legal system so that the civil legal issues faced by clients are not further exacerbated by their justice involvement.


$ 98,670
September 29, 2022
Community- and Arts-Based PLEI for Two Spirit, Trans, Non-binary, and Gender Nonconforming People in Ontario

JusticeTrans will develop and disseminate arts-based PLE resources, such as comics and ‘zines, for Two Spirit, trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming (2STNBGN) communities in Toronto and Ottawa. Partners include The 519 and Kind Space. This initiative will benefit 2STNBGN community members who are navigating discrimination, harassment, violence, and employment related legal issues. JusticeTrans aims to increase access to legal information and resources that are tailored to the unique experiences of 2STNBGN communities.


$ 100,000
September 29, 2022
Korean Legal Clinic Empowerment Project

The Korean Legal Clinic will hold culturally and linguistically appropriate pro bono summary advice clinics in refugee and immigration law at partner Korean-Canadian organizations in the Greater Toronto Area. The Clinic will also develop two legal information toolkits in Korean. One toolkit will assist individuals to respond to anti-Asian racism and the second toolkit will include information on family, immigration, and housing laws. The project aims to assist recently arrived Koreans that have little to no English language proficiency and a limited understanding of the Canadian legal system.


$ 25,000
September 29, 2022
Indigenous Environmental Accountability Project

Law Commission of Ontario’s (LCO) Indigenous Environmental Accountability Project will consider how First Nation, Métis, and Inuit laws and legal orders inform environment accountability in Ontario, including the provincial Environmental Bill of Rights. This project is part of the LCO’s broader Environmental Accountability Project.


$ 63,000
September 29, 2022
Plain Language Info-Sheets: Employment Rights and Criminal Records in each Canadian jurisdiction

The National Associations Active in Criminal Justice will create, disseminate, and make freely available 14 bilingual plain-language information sheets that outline the employment-related protections provided to people with criminal records in the various Canadian jurisdictions. The objective of the project is to help people with criminal records and service providers in the community to learn about these rights and be aware of protections and grounds for discrimination in Canadian jurisdictions as they relate to employment.


$ 15,000
September 29, 2022
Building healthy public benefit nonprofits: A public legal education approach

Ontario Nonprofit Network, and its partner Community Legal Education Ontario, will strive to meet the legal needs of Ontario nonprofits led by and serving communities facing barriers to accessing justice (i.e. public benefit nonprofits) through a systemic approach to public legal education and information. The emphasis of this project will be supporting the implementation of the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, and conducting a legal needs assessment of Ontario’s nonprofit sector. This project will benefit Ontario’s nonprofit organizations.


$ 100,000
September 29, 2022
PSFC Restorative Justice Program

Parry Sound Friendship Centre will develop a a Restorative Justice Program in Parry Sound District and Bracebridge, applying Indigenous legal principles to support community healing. The program will support pre and post charge programming and activities for Indigenous people who have been diverted from the mainstream criminal justice system.


$ 100,000
September 29, 2022
Making a Difference: a Pre-Sentencing Assessment Program

Peacebuilders International (Canada) will conduct research on the viability of using Impact of Race and Culture Assessments (IRCAs) in youth court and school disciplinary hearings. IRCAs are pre-sentencing reports that explain how the offender’s lived experiences of racism and discrimination inform the circumstances of the offender, the offence committed, and the offender’s experience with the justice system. Peacebuilders will share the research results with policymakers, education and justice professionals, community service providers, and youth-serving organizations. Peacebuilders aims to advance conversations around how IRCAs can be leveraged to address the overincarceration of Black and other racialized youth.


$ 50,000
September 29, 2022
Creating a client-centred response to unmet legal needs

Pro Bono Ontario and the National Self-Represented Litigants Project will conduct research on how end users want and need to access legal services. The purpose of the project is to collect, analyze, and share information that will improve coordination and collaboration between justice system providers in Ontario and thereby improve outcomes for low-income Ontarians who depend on pro bono and legal aid programs to address their unmet legal needs.


$ 77,400
September 29, 2022
Rapid Response Sexual Assault Legal Advocate Pilot Program – Year 2

Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region (SASC) will deliver its Sexual Assault Legal Advocate Program, which connects survivors of sexual violence to system navigation, referrals, and court accompaniment support. SASC will also develop accessible, online resources on topics such as victims’ rights, the process for obtaining a peace bond, civil litigation, key roles within the criminal justice system, and publication bans. This initiative will benefit survivors in the Waterloo region. SASC aims to increase survivors’ access to legal information and timely system navigation support.


$ 86,141
September 29, 2022
Justice Navigator

The Survivors’ Secretariat will offer Six Nations community members a systems navigator resource to support individuals interviewed by the Police Task Force investigating the deaths of children at the Mohawk Institute. The navigator will explain the interview process and privacy considerations, provide progress updates, and coordinate referrals to survivor-specific services. The Secretariat aims to connect survivors and families to trauma-informed and culturally competent support as they navigate the Task Force’s investigation process.


$ 99,996
September 29, 2022
Newcomer Legal Clinic

TBMA will operate its Newcomer Legal Clinic, which connects community members in and around Thunder Bay to free immigration and refugee law services. Partners include the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University. TBMA aims to fill a gap in free immigration and refugee services in Northwestern Ontario.


$ 100,000
September 29, 2022
The Child Welfare Toolkit

The University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work will continue its work to develop an online toolkit that will synthesize the legislation, case law, and evidence-based social science research on child protection and its effects on families involved in the child welfare system. The toolkit will be designed to be used by lawyers, social workers, and others working in child protection with the goal of leading to more informed decision-making and court orders with a stronger evidentiary basis.


$ 100,000
September 29, 2022
Health Justice Clinic in Mental Health & Addictions

The University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, in partnership with The Empowerment Council (a nonprofit organization that acts as a voice for mental health and addiction service users at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto) will establish a student legal clinic that addresses the complex, intersectional legal needs of mental health and addiction service users. The first of its kind in Canada, over three years the clinic will conduct a needs assessment, develop public legal education materials, and provide CAMH patients with legal information, support, and referrals.


$ 83,120
September 29, 2022
Precarity, Everyday Lives, and Access to Justice: Precarious Status Migrants Seeking Legal Aid in Rural Southern Ontario

Wilfrid Laurier University’s Centre for Research on Security Practices (WLU) will conduct an in-depth mixed methods qualitative case study to examine the experiences of migrants with precarious status seeking legal assistance in rural Southern Ontario (including farm workers, temporary workers, refugee claimants, international students, and people without immigration status). WLU will document the ways in which this community accesses legal services and its impact on their everyday lives. This study will benefit migrants with precarious status and will provide empirical insights for the clinics of rural Southern Ontario that can inform more effective service provision.


$ 25,000
September 29, 2022
Applying innovative lessons from the pandemic to public legal education

Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) will undertake a project to strengthen its public education work in Ontario by developing a more robust and up-to-date legal education program, to expand program reach and impact, and to increase branch capacity. Together with its six Ontario branches, LEAF will update and redesign educational materials to a digital-delivery format and recruit and train volunteers for workshop delivery. Workshops are delivered to youth, specifically women, girls, and gender-diverse people in areas of the law relating to reproductive rights, consent and sexual assault, and workplace rights.


$ 100,000
September 29, 2022
Fostering National A2J Coordination

The Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters is focused on fostering engagement, pursuing a strategic approach to reforms, and coordinating the efforts of participants across the country concerned with civil and family justice. It will undertake various activities including: ongoing national coordination, holding its annual summit, regional colloquia, and communities of practice events, and continuing to work on its justice development goals and justice metrics.


$ 50,000
June 29, 2022
Annual Comprehensive 2022-2023

The Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 168,300
December 14, 2021
Annual Comprehensive 2022-2023

Lincoln Alexander School of Law at Ryerson University will conduct a needs assessment in order to establish a student legal clinic that responds to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 279,400
December 14, 2021
Annual Comprehensive 2022-2023

Osgoode Hall Law School will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 336,600
December 14, 2021
Annual Comprehensive 2022-2023

Queen’s University, Faculty of Law will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 279,400
December 14, 2021
Roy & Ria McMurtry Endowment 2021

The Second Chance Scholarship Foundation will provide a post-secondary education scholarship to a student who is, has been, or is at risk of becoming in conflict with the law and who is enrolled in a college or university program relating to legal education.


$ 5,000
December 14, 2021
Annual Comprehensive 2022-2023

The University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 168,300
December 14, 2021
Annual Comprehensive 2022-2023

The University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 336,600
December 14, 2021
Annual Comprehensive 2022-2023

The University of Toronto, Faculty of Law will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 279,400
December 14, 2021
Annual Comprehensive 2022-2023

The University of Western Ontario , Faculty of Law will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 279,400
December 14, 2021
Annual Comprehensive 2022-2023

The University of Windsor, Faculty of Law will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 279,400
December 14, 2021
Catalyst II 2022

Aboriginal Legal Services (ALS) supports Indigenous community members across Ontario who are experiencing legal issues. ALS offers legal services such as court workers, Gladue services, a post-charge diversion program, an alternative dispute resolution program for child welfare matters, and justice circles. This initiative will enhance Indigenous communities’ access to legal services that are culturally responsive.


$ 150,000
September 28, 2021
Catalyst II 2022

L’Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO) will offer services at its legal information centre in Ottawa and deliver workshops on a range of legal topics. Ontarians are also able to access legal information through AJEFO’s CliquezJustice.ca portal. This initiative will enhance Ontarians’ access to French language legal services.


$ 150,000
September 28, 2021
Catalyst II 2022

The Criminalization of Women Pro-Bono Project at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic will provide trauma-informed summary legal advice, brief services, and referrals to women and non-binary people who have experienced gender-based violence and have been charged with or convicted of a criminal offence. This initiative will connect women and non-binary people to responsive and trauma-informed legal support.


$ 150,680
September 28, 2021
Catalyst II 2022

Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust will deliver workshops to educate Ontario students, teachers, newcomers, and the public about their civil rights and freedoms, and democracy more broadly. This initiative will increase access to reliable and youth-centric information on civil liberties.


$ 221,100
September 28, 2021
Catalyst II 2022

The Canadian Forum on Civil Justice will undertake public-focused, evidence-based, empirical research and dissemination activities that fill information gaps around civil and family justice needs in Ontario, as well as more broadly in Canada. This initiative will facilitate the creation of justice indicators and metrics that will support interdisciplinary collaboration and evidence-based decision making.


$ 110,000
September 28, 2021
Catalyst II 2022

The Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation’s (CERA) Pro Bono and Public Education Program will provide legal support that is tailored to the needs of low-income tenants in Ontario who face eviction or experience human rights violations connected to their housing. CERA will offer educational programming for service providers, workshops for community members, system navigation support, and referrals to volunteer lawyers. This initiative will enhance tenants’ access to timely and reliable legal support.


$ 150,000
September 28, 2021
Catalyst II 2022

Community Legal Education Ontario’s CLEO Connect program will continue to develop clear, accurate, and practical legal rights education and information resources to help people understand and exercise their legal rights, with a particular focus on support for trusted intermediaries.


$ 385,000
September 28, 2021
Catalyst II 2022

Connecting Ottawa will continue to coordinate a consortium of over 50 legal and non-legal organizations to implement a regional plan to provide legal information and referrals to people who are not proficient in English or French or who face communication challenges as the result of a disability or sensory impairment. The initiative will also enhance linkages between legal and community workers in Ontario.


$ 279,750
September 28, 2021
Catalyst II 2022

The FCJ Refugee Centre serves refugees and others at risk due to their immigration status through all steps of the refugee determination and refugee appeals processes. The Centre primarily works with refugee claimants, rejected refugee claimants, individuals with precarious immigration status, temporary foreign workers, and those who have been victims of human trafficking. It also provides training workshops and legal education materials for frontline workers who serve refugees in the Greater Toronto Area and other parts of southern Ontario on aspects of the immigration and refugee process and procedures. The Catalyst grant will help the Centre to ensure it has the capacity and expertise to serve its clients and assist other organizations to do so, as well as to ensure its evolution and sustainability.


$ 150,000
September 28, 2021
Catalyst II 2022

Innocence Canada is dedicated to identifying, advocating for, and exonerating individuals convicted of a crime that they did not commit and to preventing such injustices in the future through legal education and justice system reform. The Catalyst grant will enable the organization to continue to coordinate and administer its pro bono program, which reviews and assesses claims of innocence, as well as to enable the continuation of its legal education program.


$ 253,000
September 28, 2021
Catalyst II 2022

The Childhood Arrivals Support and Advocacy Program works to support undocumented childhood arrivals. These are young people who were moved to Canada as children who have lived all their lives without official authorization or documentation, and thus are vulnerable to deportation to birth countries where they have little to no connection. Activities include outreach to youth, teachers, and parents through schools and community programs and legal system navigation, including pro bono legal support, in an effort to file permanent residence applications.


$ 256,899
September 28, 2021
Catalyst II 2022

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) will conduct research, provide multidisciplinary analysis, and develop reports on current and emerging legal policy issues to promote access to justice and contribute to public debate on a broad range of legal issues, such as artificial intelligence and automated decision-making, class actions, last stages of life, consumer protections, and environmental accountability. Through this initiative, LCO aims to promote access to justice and contribute to public debate, benefiting justice sector stakeholders and the general public.


$ 550,000
September 28, 2021
Catalyst II 2022

Law in Action Within Schools is a partnership between the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, and the Toronto District School Board, and will continue to deliver a law and justice-themed academic and extra-curricular high school program designed to teach students about law and justice. It will support them to graduate from high school, access post-secondary education, and consider a justice sector or legal profession career.


$ 150,000
September 28, 2021
Catalyst II 2022

Level’s Indigenous Youth Outreach Program engages First Nations, Métis, and Inuit youth throughout Canada in specialized justice education and mentorship activities led by predominantly Indigenous justice sector volunteers. The program encourages youth to increase their critical thinking and leadership skills and their knowledge of the law and careers in justice.


$ 83,000
September 28, 2021
Catalyst II 2022

Luke’s Place Support and Resource Centre for Women and Children will continue to provide family law support for women who have experienced intimate partner violence, as well as training, resources, and mentoring to frontline workers and lawyers who assist them in Durham region and provincially.


$ 150,000
September 28, 2021
Catalyst II 2022

The Métis Nation of Ontario’s (MNO) Justice Program will provide culturally informed legal support to Métis people through brief services, legal information, system navigation, and legal referrals. This initiative will enhance MNO’s capacity to respond to the current and emerging legal needs of its citizens.


$ 161,865
September 28, 2021
Catalyst II 2022

The Muslim Legal Support Centre (MLSC) will connect Muslim communities across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to volunteer lawyers who will provide free summary advice and brief services. MLSC will also host public legal education sessions in partnership with community organizations in the GTA. This initiative will enhance Muslim communities’ access to culturally responsive and accessible legal support.


$ 113,204
September 28, 2021
Catalyst II 2022

Ontario Justice Education Network will engage the judiciary, the Bar, the courts, and the education community throughout Ontario by developing innovative educational tools that introduce young people to the justice system. This initiative will provide young people with tools to understand the law and develop the ability to address their own legal issues.


$ 890,000
September 28, 2021
Catalyst II 2022

Pro Bono Ontario (PBO) bridges the gap between low-income Ontarians who cannot afford a lawyer or qualify for legal aid and lawyers who want to donate their services. Its programs include a legal advice hotline, litigation assistance programs in small claims court and Superior Court in Toronto and Ottawa, and medical-legal partnerships that operate out of five children’s hospitals. In addition to supporting these activities, the Catalyst grant will enable PBO to enhance its hotline services. The hotline currently provides free summary advice and legal drafting services in the areas of civil litigation, consumer debt and protection, employment law, housing, power of attorney for property and personal care, and corporate law (for nonprofits and small newcomer-run start-ups).


$ 880,000
September 28, 2021
Catalyst II 2022

Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) provides legal help without charge to low-income individuals and nonprofit organizations, and experiential learning opportunities to law students. With chapters in 22 of 23 Canadian law schools, PBSC develops legal placements for law students in a range of work settings including legal clinics, nonprofit organizations, courts, and tribunals. Under the supervision of a lawyer, student volunteers draft memos, develop and deliver legal education workshops, assist lawyers and duty counsel with client intake, assist clients with document preparation, represent clients before tribunals and courts (under lawyer supervision), and provide legal information to clients.


$ 595,550
September 28, 2021
Catalyst II 2022

The Probono Inmate Appeal Program will continue to coordinate and support a roster of experienced criminal appellate counsel to act as duty counsel on the appeals of unrepresented appellants in criminal cases before the Court of Appeal for Ontario. This initiative will enhance unrepresented appellants’ access to legal support.


$ 102,850
September 28, 2021
Catalyst II 2022

The 519’s Access to Justice and Direct Legal Services program responds to the legal needs of LGBTQ2S communities in Toronto and Ontario. The 519 offers a general summary advice legal clinic, specialty legal clinics for criminal law, immigration and refugee law, housing law, and Trans ID matters, refugee mock hearings, a court support program, and public legal education workshops. This initiative will enhance access to legal resources that are tailored to the specific needs of LGBTQ2S communities in the province.


$ 150,000
September 28, 2021
Catalyst II 2022

The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History will study and promote public interest in the history of the law, the legal profession, and the judiciary in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada. It does so by publishing books on Canadian legal history, creating and preserving an oral history archive, supporting academic research, and hosting a diverse range of topical educational events.


$ 184,229
September 28, 2021
Catalyst II 2022

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project is dedicated to better understanding the needs, motivations, and challenges of self-represented litigants (SRLs) in civil and family courts and administrative tribunals. It promotes new and more affordable models of legal service delivery that better support SRLs. It is committed to the development of practical resources geared specifically to SRL’s needs, especially in relation to cultural and procedural matters that can often confound them.


$ 150,000
September 28, 2021
Catalyst II 2022

Workers’ Action Centre (WAC) will continue to provide information resources to people in low-wage and precarious employment in Ontario. Through its Developing Critical Post-Pandemic Public Education Strategies to Improve Access to Justice for Workers in Precarious Employment program, WAC will provide responsive public education strategies and resources to reach workers who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and are facing increased barriers to access to justice.


$ 150,000
September 28, 2021
Fostering National A2J Coordination

The Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters is focused on fostering engagement, pursuing a strategic approach to reforms, and coordinating the efforts of participants across the country concerned with civil and family justice. It will undertake various activities including: ongoing national coordination; holding its annual summit, regional colloquia, and communities of practice events; and continuing to work on its justice development goals and justice metrics.


$ 50,000
June 24, 2021
AFCC-O Parenting Plan Guide and Template (Preparation of Version 2.0, Translation into French and Evaluation)

The Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Ontario Chapter will update its Parenting Plan Guide and Parenting Plan Template. The guide was created to assist parents, lawyers, judges, and other professionals in making developmentally-appropriate parenting plans after separation. The update will incorporate recent legislative changes, will be translated into French in collaboration with Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario, and evaluated with a view to increasing the usability of the materials.


$ 24,100
June 24, 2021
BLSA Canada Annual National Conference

Black Law Students’ Association of Canada (BLSA Canada) will host its annual conference benefiting Black law students from across the country. BLSA Canada aims to foster connections between Black law students and legal professionals to promote professional development, legal education, and cultural awareness within the legal sector.


$ 35,000
June 24, 2021
Privacy on Smartphones in the Digital Age: Youth and their Rights

The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association will develop guides and public legal education materials for youth and their educators on digital privacy and rights in relation to law enforcement and other public regulated bodies. This initiative will support Ontario youth, particularly low-income and marginalized youth, become more aware of their digital privacy rights through tailored materials developed in response to a consultation process.


$ 25,000
June 24, 2021
Protecting lands and waters: Advancing legal rights for the Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (ANA) Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area

The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) will develop a report and accompanying toolkit about establishing Indigenous-led and governed protected areas, known as Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) in Ontario. Partners include Asubpeeschoseewagnog Anishinabek (ANA or Grassy Narrows First Nation). CELA will work with the ANA land protection team and Elders to gather community insights to support the development of the report and toolkit. This initiative will support ANA’s ongoing efforts to establish an IPCA. CELA anticipates that the resources created will benefit other First Nations communities looking to do the same.


$ 87,519
June 24, 2021
Automated Ontario Case Law Classification

Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) will use artificial intelligence to develop a custom classification for Ontario case law to enhance the CanLII website’s search capacity. The initiative seeks to make Ontario case law more accessible for users by making navigation easier based on area of law.


$ 75,000
June 24, 2021
The Centre for Refugee Children - Child Representative Program

The Centre for Refugee Children will develop and implement a Child Representative Program to recruit, train, and support volunteer child/designated representatives in Ontario who are assigned to unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) navigating legal immigration proceedings. UASCs will have enhanced access to qualified representatives who will support and advocate for the child’s best interests at all stages of the refugee claim/immigration process.


$ 92,981
June 24, 2021

Committee to Support Indigenous Youth Aging out of Care

Legal information for Indigenous youth aging out of care

The Committee to Support Indigenous Youth Aging Out of Care (the Committee) will design and disseminate a legal information package for Indigenous youth across Ontario who are aging out of the foster care system. The Committee is comprised of lawyers from Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and Ontario who have relevant professional and lived experience. Partners include the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto. This initiative will provide Indigenous youth with reliable and culturally relevant legal information to support their transition to adulthood.


$ 99,800
June 24, 2021
Defending the rights of people who are unhoused

The Community Justice Collective (CJC) will disseminate legal resources and deliver workshops tailored to the legal issues facing encampment residents in the Greater Toronto Area and Ontario. Topics that will be covered include basic rights when interacting with the police, the Charter rights of people living in public spaces, and the powers of private security and municipal security officers. Partners include The 519 and the Encampment Support Network. This initiative will increase access to reliable legal information and resources for unhoused people in the province.


$ 41,960
June 24, 2021
Helping Hands: enhancing SCS providers’ knowledge of laws and policies related to assisted injection

The HIV Legal Network will research and develop public legal education resources for nurses and other supervised consumption services (SCS) providers on the legal and policy framework governing nurse and SCS service provider assisted injection of controlled substances in Ontario.


$ 38,159
June 24, 2021
Refugee Hearing Preparation Guide - National Version

Kinbrace will consolidate its library of 39 individual region and language-based Refugee Hearing Preparation Guides into one online national version available in 12 languages. The Guide is designed to help refugee claimants better understand the refugee determination system and increase their capacity to prepare for their refugee hearing.


$ 99,890
June 24, 2021
Exploring the Use of Child-Inclusive Mediation in Ontario

Drs. Rachel Birnbaum and Nicholas Bala will establish a pilot project to evaluate child-inclusive family mediation in Ontario to test whether this service can result in less expensive, more timely, and more durable dispute resolutions. It is a collaborative initiative with the support of the judiciary, mediation services, and government that could lead to a positive innovation in family law, ultimately improving outcomes for children and reducing the costs of family justice.


$ 29,330
June 24, 2021
Korean Legal Clinic Pilot Project

The Korean Legal Clinic (KLC) will provide intake, referral, and summary advice services to the Korean-Canadian community in the Greater Toronto Area. Throughout the project, KLC will build a roster of Korean-speaking lawyers available to offer pro bono services. KLC will also host public legal education workshops on a range of legal issues. This initiative will enhance the Korean-Canadian community’s access to culturally and linguistically appropriate legal resources.


$ 25,000
June 24, 2021
LAWS Summer Job Program 2022

Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS)’s Summer Job Program will place students in paid four-week jobs with legal aid clinics and public interest organizations. The initiative benefits high school students involved in the LAWS program and offers them a unique opportunity to learn about access to justice, observe the legal aid system in action, and interact directly with the legal community.


$ 25,000
June 24, 2021
Access to Innovation

The Law Society of Ontario will launch a five-year pilot that allows providers of innovative technological legal services (ITLS) to serve consumers while complying with risk-based public protection requirements. Participants that meet expectations can receive permits from the Law Society to continue providing legal services in Ontario on an ongoing basis. The project responds to regulatory issues that innovators and consumers have faced in developing and using ITLS. It is designed to provide greater certainty about the rules and standards that will apply to ITLS providers and to provide consumers with increased choice and confidence that the assistance they receive is effective and safe.


$ 100,000
June 24, 2021
The Sex Worker Legal Education + Empowerment Project: Supporting Sex Workers’ Human Rights Through Expanded Access To Justice

Maggie’s Toronto Sex Worker’s Action Project will consult sex workers in Toronto to identify their pressing legal concerns related to their encounters with law enforcement and discrimination in other areas of their work and lives, such as housing, employment, immigration, family law and child custody matters. In response to these consultations and in collaboration with sex worker advisory groups, the project will produce comprehensive, plain language public legal education resources.


$ 100,000
June 24, 2021
The Adolescent Transformative Justice Project

Peacebuilders International (Canada) will research and share findings on how extending the age for diversion could improve access to justice for youth aged 18-25 involved in or at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system in Toronto.


$ 25,000
June 24, 2021
Public Legal Edutainment for Black Youth

R.I.S.E. Arts and Community Services (R.I.S.E.) will engage artists in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) who will work alongside volunteer lawyers to produce a series of short informational videos accompanied by creative works such as images, songs, music, poetry, posters, and spoken word pieces. R.I.S.E. will also host public legal education (PLE) workshops for Black youth in the GTA, led by an artist and a legal educator. Partners include the Black Legal Action Centre and the Ontario Justice Education Network. This initiative will fill a gap in PLE resources that are engaging and culturally relevant to Black youth.


$ 76,000
June 24, 2021
Rapid Response Sexual Assault Legal Advocate

The Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region (SASCW) will pilot a legal advocate program to provide system navigation support to survivors of sexual violence in the Waterloo region. Grant funds will be used to hire a legal advocate who will provide support through a case-management model, which will include advocating on behalf of clients, assisting with completing documents, accompanying clients to court, and facilitating referrals to lawyers. This initiative will increase survivors’ access to timely system navigation support.


$ 88,460
June 24, 2021
The Rule of Law as an Essential Public Health Service: A Study of COVID-19

University of Toronto, Faculty of Law will examine how the public’s perception of government interventions relating to COVID-19 influences public health outcomes in Canada. This multidisciplinary research study will build and draw upon unique sources of data to observe the factors that influence public response to government interventions and the efficacy of different interventions.


$ 75,000
June 24, 2021
CourtPrep

WomenatthecentrE will create an up-to-date, bilingual, and interactive website that provides information on the court process to youth in Ontario who are preparing to testify in criminal court, including those who are survivors of sexual assault. This new site will enable WomanatthecentrE feature to update and expand the information on the CourtPrep.ca website that was launched in 2004. This initiative will increase access to reliable information for youth navigating the court system.


$ 74,940
June 24, 2021
Reducing Secondary Trauma and Improving Access to Justice: Sexual Assault Awareness Training for Justice System Professionals

YWCA Sudbury will develop and disseminate an online training program for justice sector professionals across Ontario to increase their knowledge and sensitivity regarding cases of sexual assault. Partners include Voices for Women Sudbury Sexual Assault Centre, and She Matters. Through this initiative, YWCA Sudbury aims to decrease the secondary trauma experienced by survivors of sexual violence when navigating the justice system.


$ 51,894
June 24, 2021
Connecting Region - Connecting Ottawa

Connecting Ottawa will continue to coordinate a consortium of over 50 legal and non-legal organizations to implement a regional plan to provide legal information and referrals to people who are not proficient in English or French or who face communication challenges as the result of a disability or sensory impairment. Established to fulfil a recommendation in the “Connecting Across Language and Distance: Linguistic and Rural Access to Legal Information and Services” report commissioned by the Foundation, the initiative also strengthens linkages between legal and community workers in Ontario.


$ 279,750
April 27, 2021
National Self Represented Litigants Project Atlantic Chapter

The Access to Justice & Law Reform Institute of Nova Scotia (The Institute) will develop the Atlantic Canada chapter of the National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP). The Institute will work with the national NSRLP team to develop public legal education resources tailored to the civil legal needs of self-represented litigants (SRLs) in PEI, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador. The initiative will connect SRLs to resources needed to effectively navigate the court process on their own.


$ 92,764
March 30, 2021
Public Interest Articling Fellowship 2022/2023

Amnesty International Canada will host an articling student to support its research and action with respect to a variety of pressing international and national human rights concerns. Its work is both focused on individual situations such as taking up the case of an individual who is detained as a prisoner of conscience as well as on reform initiatives, seeking to create the legal, political, and social conditions that prevent human rights violations from occurring in the first place.


$ 69,500
March 30, 2021
Caring for Our Elders Project

The Anishinabek Nation Union of Ontario Indians (AN) will create and disseminate public legal education resources tailored to Anishinabek Elders living on and off reserve. The resources will provide plain language information on matrimonial real property laws, wills and estates, and elder abuse. The content on matrimonial real property and wills and estates will incorporate relevant portions of the Indian Act for Elders living on reserve. This initiative will benefit Elders from AN’s 39 First Nations communities by connecting them to culturally responsive legal resources.


$ 100,000
March 30, 2021
Public Interest Articling Fellowship 2022/2023

Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic will host an articling student to support its work providing legal services to women and non-binary survivors of gender-based violence, and in systemic advocacy initiatives including public legal education and law reform.


$ 69,500
March 30, 2021
Guides to Arrest and Detention: Police Interactions

The BCCLA will develop a series of guides with tailored legal information about police interactions and overlapping legal systems to better serve low-income, marginalized communities and meet their diverse legal needs. In order to meaningfully increase
access to justice, these guides will be developed through consultation with impacted communities and will be made accessible through their innovative design and through
both wide-spread and targeted dissemination.


$ 100,000
March 30, 2021
Know Your Rights Atlantic Canada

The Canadian National Institute for the Blind Foundation (CNIB) will create and disseminate “Know Your Rights” resources for individuals living with sight loss in PEI, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador. The resources will be tailored to support those living with sight loss who experience discrimination in various areas of their lives. This work is an expansion of CNIB’s Ontario-focused Know Your Rights (KYR) project, which was launched in 2018 with the support of a Foundation grant. This initiative will connect community members with the legal resources needed to navigate the justice system and self-advocate to challenge discrimination.


$ 75,000
March 30, 2021
Public Interest Articling Fellowship 2022/23

Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) will host an articling student to support its work with clients facing eviction or human rights violations in their housing, assist in the development and delivery of public legal education materials and workshops, and conduct research and draft materials to support the development and execution of CERA’s policy and litigation work.


$ 69,500
March 30, 2021
Empowering Refugees, Eliminating Barriers and Combating Misinformation: Supporting Chinese Refugees through Education and Research

The Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO) will develop and disseminate legal resources tailored to the needs of Chinese refugees across Ontario. The resources will cover the refugee claims process, how to prepare a humanitarian and compassionate grounds claim, labour rights, how to apply for temporary resident permits, and the options for legal recourse for those experiencing gender-based violence. CCNCTO will also share guidelines for selecting and working with legal representatives and immigration consultants. Partners include Butterfly: Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network. This initiative will connect Chinese refugees in Ontario to culturally and linguistically responsive legal resources.


$ 75,000
March 30, 2021
Restorative Justice in Environmental Law Project

The East Coast Environmental Law Association will conduct research on the use of restorative justice processes to resolve environmental legal disputes. This research will inform the development of a guide on how a restorative justice process can be initiated for an environmental legal conflict. This initiative will benefit restorative justice practitioners, lawyers, and communities in Nova Scotia who are seeking alternatives to litigation.


$ 18,400
March 30, 2021
Indigenous Peoples' Court of Peterborough

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Peterborough will work alongside other members of the Indigenous Peoples’ Court (IPC) committee to pilot a bi-weekly provincial court in Peterborough for Indigenous individuals facing criminal charges. The IPC committee consists of representatives from First Nations communities, Friendship Centres, Legal Aid Ontario, and the Ministry of the Attorney General. Grant funds will be used to hire an Indigenous court worker who will raise awareness among court personnel of the IPC process and provide system navigation support to those participating in the court. Through this initiative, the IPC committee will work to address the overrepresentation of Indigenous people in the criminal justice system.


$ 44,930
March 30, 2021
Borderless Connections

FCJ Refugee Centre will expand its online virtual capacity to more effectively serve refugee claimants, precarious migrant populations, and service providers across Ontario. This initiative will support FCJ Refugee Centre in increasing the reach and accessibility of its services, including migration clinics, webinars, and podcasts.


$ 98,000
March 30, 2021
The HRC Legal Triage and Pro Bono Services Coordination project

The Halifax Refugee Clinic will provide legal support to refugee claimants and non-status migrants in Halifax. Grant funds will be used to hire an experienced immigration and refugee lawyer who will provide summary advice, facilitate legal referrals, and take on cases for emergency hearings when necessary. This initiative will connect low-income refugee claimants and non-status migrants to free legal support.


$ 96,000
March 30, 2021
Public Interest Articling Fellowship 2022/2023

Innocence Canada will host an articling student to support its mission to identify, advocate for, and exonerate individuals who have been convicted of a serious crime they did not commit, and to prevent future miscarriages of justice through legal education and legislative reform.


$ 69,500
March 30, 2021
Public Interest Articling Fellowship 2022/2023

Innocence Canada will host an articling student to support its mission to identify, advocate for, and exonerate individuals who have been convicted of a serious crime they did not commit, and to prevent future miscarriages of justice through legal education and legislative reform.


$ 69,500
March 30, 2021
Public Interest Articling Fellowship 2022/2023

The John Howard Society of Canada will host an articling student to support its work on policy and law reform, litigation, public education, and assisting prisoners and former prisoners with their legal-related issues.


$ 69,500
March 30, 2021
Public Interest Articling Fellowship 2022/2023

The John Howard Society of Canada will host an articling student to support its work on policy and law reform, litigation, public education, and assisting prisoners and former prisoners with their legal-related issues.


$ 69,500
March 30, 2021
Youth Legal Help Project

Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia will identify needs and gaps in available public legal education resources for youth in Nova Scotia and develop materials to fill these gaps in consultation with youth. The focus of the project will be on youth aged 12-25, with an emphasis on providing early, responsive, and preventative legal information and referrals.


$ 100,000
March 30, 2021
Living Space Access & Diversion Project: Improving access to justice for marginalized people in Timmins and the Cochrane District

Living Space North Against Poverty will make referrals to legal and social supports for community members who are homeless or at risk of being homeless and are also involved in the justice system. This grant will benefit underhoused community members in the Timmins and Cochrane District by connecting them to wraparound support as they navigate the criminal justice system.


$ 100,000
March 30, 2021
Catalyst 2021

Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC) works to end gender-based violence across communities through education, research, and policy. The Catalyst grant supports METRAC’s Community Justice Program, which works to build individual, community, and organizational capacity in the City of Toronto and across Ontario, through legal education and information, research, and partnerships to increase access to justice for women and youth affected by violence. While METRAC’s programming is designed to benefit all women and youth experiencing violence, there is a particular focus on reaching isolated and vulnerable women including Indigenous women, newcomer women, LGBTQ2S communities, women with disabilities, and older women.


$ 222,745
March 30, 2021
Clinique juridique des réfugiés

The Mile End Legal Clinic will connect refugees in Montréal to legal information and social supports relevant to their immigration and refugee law needs. MELC will also host workshops on legal topics that address the needs of refugees in Montréal and the surrounding area. This initiative will support the integration of refugees who have resettled in Quebec.


$ 89,000
March 30, 2021
Website Overhaul and Redevelopment - one time grant

New Brunswick Refugee Clinic will overhaul its website to improve functionality and develop an online, interactive, multi-language public legal education and legal resource centre for the benefit of refugee claimants, vulnerable newcomers, and community workers in New Brunswick.


$ 24,725
March 30, 2021
Gladue Report Writer

The Nokiiwin Tribal Council will hire a Gladue writer to prepare sentencing reports for eligible First Nation community members who are involved in the criminal justice system. This grant will benefit community members in the Robinson-Superior territory. Through this initiative, the Nokiiwin Tribal Council aims to address the high rates of incarceration and recidivism among First Nation community members in northwestern Ontario.


$ 100,000
March 30, 2021
Public Interest Articling Fellowship 2022/2023

Peacebuilders International (Canada) will host an articling student to primarily support its work within its Restorative Youth Circles program where youth have the potential to have their court cases diverted pre-trial out of the court system.


$ 69,500
March 30, 2021
Public Interest Articling Fellowship 2022/2023

Peacebuilders International (Canada) will host an articling student to primarily support its work within its Restorative Youth Circles program where youth have the potential to have their court cases diverted pre-trial out of the court system.


$ 69,500
March 30, 2021
Indigenous Human Rights Program

Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) will host bi-monthly human rights summary advice clinics as well as public legal education sessions for Indigenous communities in Ottawa and Thunder Bay. Community members will receive summary advice from volunteer lawyers on their rights under the Human Rights Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act. PBSC students will conduct intake and facilitate referrals during the clinics. Partners include the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC). The OFIFC will lead Indigenous cultural competency training for the volunteer lawyers and PBSC students. This initiative will enhance Indigenous communities’ access to culturally responsive legal support.


$ 100,000
March 30, 2021
Public Interest Articling Fellowship 2022/23

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre will host an articling student to support its work providing legal, advocacy, and research services on behalf of those elements of the public interest that would otherwise be unable to be adequately heard before courts, tribunals, and decision-makers.


$ 69,500
March 30, 2021
Public Interest Articling Fellowship 2022/23

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre will host an articling student to support its work providing legal, advocacy, and research services on behalf of those elements of the public interest that would otherwise be unable to be adequately heard before courts, tribunals, and decision-makers.


$ 69,500
March 30, 2021
Increasing Legal Referrals Through Front-line Workers

Reach Canada will develop resources for frontline workers to enhance their ability to spot legal issues, conduct effective intakes, and facilitate referrals for community members living with disabilities. Grant funds will be used to hire a coordinator who will create and disseminate resources to frontline workers in the Ottawa and Champlain region. Frontline workers will be encouraged to refer clients in need of legal advice to Reach’s pro bono legal referral service. This initiative will enhance the capacity of frontline workers to provide effective intake and referral support to their clients living with disabilities.


$ 84,464
March 30, 2021
Northern Ontario Legal Clinic for Migrants and Refugees

The Thunder Bay Multicultural Association will pilot a legal clinic offering free immigration and refugee law services to migrants living in Thunder Bay and the surrounding area. The clinic will also offer business law services to resettled refugees looking to start small businesses and public legal education workshops. Partners include the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University. This initiative will enhance access to legal support for migrants and resettled refugees in the Thunder Bay region.


$ 100,000
March 30, 2021
Public Interest Articling Fellowship 2022/23

Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund will host an articling student to support its work to advance the substantive equality rights of women, girls, and people who face gender discrimination in Canada through litigation, law reform, and public education.


$ 69,500
March 30, 2021
Public Interest Articling Fellowship 2022/23

Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) will host an articling student to support its work to advance the substantive equality rights of women, girls, and people who face gender discrimination in Canada through litigation, law reform, and public education.


$ 69,500
March 30, 2021
Protection Orders: An Empirical Foundation

The Law Commission of Ontario will undertake empirical research examining the efficacy of family protection orders. This initiative will support data-based decision making to more effectively protect individuals experiencing family violence in Ontario.


$ 86,000
February 23, 2021
Catalyst 2021

Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust will provide workshops, seminars, and in-class sessions in schools, educational institutions, and faculties of education, educating students and teachers about their civil rights and freedoms. It prepares the next generation of Canadians for civic engagement by introducing students and educators to the exploration of civil liberties, critical thought, and the development of democratic habits.


$ 221,100
December 23, 2020
Annual Comprehensive 2021-2022

The Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 221,100
December 23, 2020
Catalyst 2021

Law in Action Within Schools is a partnership between the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, and the Toronto District School Board that delivers a law and justice-themed academic and extra-curricular high school program designed to teach students about law and justice. It will support young people to graduate from high school, access post-secondary education, and consider a justice sector or legal profession career.


$ 150,000
December 23, 2020
Catalyst 2021

Level’s Indigenous Youth Outreach Program provides interactive justice education workshops and mentorship activities. Indigenous youth will learn about the Canadian justice system and the importance of incorporating Indigenous practices into criminal justice proceedings. The program helps to deconstruct barriers to justice by disrupting prejudice, building empathy, and advancing human rights.


$ 71,250
December 23, 2020
Annual Comprehensive 2021-2022

Lincoln Alexander School of Law at Ryerson University will conduct a needs assessment in order to establish a student legal clinic that responds to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 186,267
December 23, 2020
Catalyst 2021

Ontario Justice Education Network will carry out programs that facilitate and support broad-based activity by the judiciary, the bar, the courts, and the education community throughout Ontario, with a primary focus on students and the strengthening of links between the justice and education communities. It develops innovative educational tools that introduce young people to the justice system, helps them understand the law, builds their legal capability, and prepares them to manage the legal aspects of problems that arise in their own lives.


$ 890,000
December 23, 2020
Annual Comprehensive 2021-2022

Osgoode Hall Law School will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 336,600
December 23, 2020
Annual Comprehensive 2021-2022

Queen’s University, Faculty of Law will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 279,400
December 23, 2020
Roy & Ria McMurtry Endowment 2020

The Second Chance Scholarship Foundation will provide a post-secondary education scholarship to a youth enrolled in a program relating to legal education, and who is currently, or has been, involved in the criminal justice system or who is at risk of such.


$ 5,000
December 23, 2020
Annual Comprehensive 2021-2022

The University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 168,300
December 23, 2020
Annual Comprehensive 2021-2022

The University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 336,600
December 23, 2020
Annual Comprehensive 2021-2022

The University of Toronto, Faculty of Law will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 279,400
December 23, 2020
Annual Comprehensive 2021-2022

The University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 279,400
December 23, 2020
Annual Comprehensive 2021-2022

The University of Windsor, Faculty of Law will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 279,400
December 23, 2020
Catalyst 2021

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) will continue to serve as the central hub for all public legal education and information in Ontario. CLEO develops clear, accurate, and practical legal rights education and information to help people understand and exercise their legal rights, with a particular focus on support for trusted intermediaries. The use of trusted intermediaries significantly expands access to justice for low-income individuals and people from marginalized and vulnerable communities in Ontario.


$ 385,000
December 16, 2020
Virtual Legal Clinic for Artists Pilot Project

Artists’ Legal Advice Services (ALAS) will expand its virtual legal clinic, which connects artists and creators in Ontario to free summary advice from entertainment and intellectual property lawyers. ALAS will develop digital infrastructure to support the clinic expansion, recruit and train additional volunteer lawyers, engage in outreach to arts organizations that work with underserved communities, and conduct an evaluation. Partners include Artists’ Legal Services Ottawa. This initiative will benefit artists and creators who experience unique legal issues while navigating Ontario’s arts sector.


$ 15,000
December 15, 2020
Black Femme Legal Toolkit

The Black Femme Legal Toolkit committee will develop and disseminate legal and social supports tailored to Black queer, trans, and/or non-binary femme workers across Ontario who experience anti-Black racism in the workplace. The toolkit will include guides on how to navigate administrative boards and tribunals, referral lists of labour and employment lawyers specializing in addressing anti-Black racism, and a list of alternatives to legal processes. Partners include The 519. This initiative will benefit Black queer, trans, and/or non-binary femme workers who need tailored resources to address their employment law issues.


$ 100,000
December 15, 2020
Measuring the Impacts of Legal Service Interventions - Phase 2

Canadian Forum on Civil Justice will undertake phase two of its longitudinal study to measure the impact and effectiveness of different types of legal interventions on the outcome of civil legal disputes in Ontario. The objective of this empirical research project is to facilitate data-based decision making in the justice sector and help improve how the justice system serves the people of Ontario.


$ 99,520
December 15, 2020
The Muslim Legal Support Centre Project (MLSC)

The Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association (CMLA) will expand its Muslim Legal Support Centre (MLSC), which connects low to-moderate income Muslim communities across the Greater Toronto Area to free summary advice. CMLA will host satellite summary advice clinics and deliver public legal education workshops in partnerships with community organizations. CMLA will also facilitate warm referrals to lawyers on the MLSC pro bono roster, as needed. This initiative will connect underserved Muslim communities to culturally and linguistically appropriate legal support.


$ 100,000
December 15, 2020
Queer Refugee Hearings Program Toolkit

Capital Rainbow Refuge will develop a refugee hearing preparation toolkit for individuals claiming refugee protection based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and/or sexual characteristics. The toolkit will include an overview of the refugee claim process, tips on completing a basis of claim and gathering evidence, and links to legal and social supports. The toolkit will be available in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic. This initiative will connect individuals to practical information to help them navigate the refugee claim process.


$ 15,000
December 15, 2020
Legal Education to Support Migrant Care Workers Navigate the New Caregiver Program

Caregivers Action Centre (CAC) will create and share public legal education resources to assist migrant care workers (care workers) to apply for permanent residency through the Federal government’s Home Child Care Provider and Home Support Worker pilot programs. CAC will create fact sheets, infographics, and short videos with up-to-date information on the application process for both programs and tips for navigating common barriers. Partners include The Ontario Employment Education & Research Centre. This initiative will connect migrant care workers to timely and practical system navigation support.


$ 49,803
December 15, 2020
Pro-Bono Legal Services and Public Legal Education for Vulnerable Renters

Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation will develop a pro bono program to match volunteer lawyers with low-income renters in the Greater Toronto Area who are facing the loss of their home due to eviction or a human rights violation, and who are underserved by the current service landscape. It will also provide public legal education to vulnerable renters to educate them about their housing rights.


$ 100,000
December 15, 2020
Refugee Law Portal

The Centre for Refugee Studies will develop an open access legal analytics online application (Refugee Law Portal) to provide refugee lawyers and refugee claimants access to timely data relating to refugee law decision-making, including data visualization, statistical analysis, customizable views of granular data, and links to relevant published decisions. The objective of this initiative is to lessen the asymmetry in access to data by making data on refugee law adjudication user-friendly and freely accessible to all interested parties, and it offers a model for the development of nonprofit open-access legal technology that advances access to justice and transparency in the justice sector.


$ 91,170
December 15, 2020
The Centre for Refugee Children

Christie Refugee Welcome Centre will pilot a program for unaccompanied and separated refugee children (minors under 18 years old who are in Canada without a parent or legal guardian) by providing specialized services and establishing connections with federal immigration bodies, Ontario child welfare system agencies, and community legal organizations. The initiative will improve immigration, settlement, child welfare, and education outcomes for these minors.


$ 94,800
December 15, 2020
Evaluating PLEI impacts across community organizations in Ontario

Community Legal Education Ontario will examine the evaluation methods and range of processes that are currently being used by community-based organizations in Ontario to assess their public legal education and information (PLEI) work. The objective of this initiative is to lay the groundwork to develop a measurement tool to assist community-based organizations assess the impact of their PLEI programs and projects.


$ 18,000
December 15, 2020
Accessing Justice and Reconciliation

Indigenous Bar Association (IBA) will measure the current progress of ongoing efforts to revitalize Indigenous laws in Ontario. Using a broad range of measurement indexes, the IBA will examine both the revitalization of Indigenous laws within Indigenous spaces and communities, as well as the application of Indigenous laws in common and civil law spaces (such as courts). IBA will also develop toolkits for Indigenous communities, as well as for courts and tribunals in Ontario so they can continue with evaluation work beyond the lifespan of this initiative.


$ 192,000
December 15, 2020
Support for Indigenous Law Centre

The Indigenous Law Centre at the University of Saskatchewan (ILC) will continue work on its legal education initiatives, which include national legal research, academic and publications programs, and a national summer law program. This initiative will support ILC’s ongoing efforts to advance access to justice for Indigenous peoples.


$ 20,000
December 15, 2020
Childhood Arrivals Support & Advocacy Program

The Childhood Arrivals Support and Advocacy Program works to support undocumented childhood arrivals. These are young people who were moved to Canada as children who have lived all their lives without official authorization or documentation, and thus are vulnerable to deportation to birth countries where they have little to no connection. Program activities include outreach to youth, teachers, and parents through schools and community programs and legal system navigation, including pro bono legal support, in an effort to file permanent residence applications.


$ 100,000
December 15, 2020
LAWS Summer Job Program 2021

Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS) will place students in paid four-week jobs with legal aid clinics and public interest organizations as part of their summer job program. The grant benefits high school students involved in the LAWS program, offering them an opportunity to learn about access to justice, observe the legal aid system in action, and interact directly with community members.


$ 15,000
December 15, 2020
Race, Identity and the Justice system: Do Justice Outcomes Differ Depending on Race and Identity?

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) will collect, analyze, and report on race-based data in bail and case outcomes by tracking data from all LAO service providers (both duty counsel and the private bar). The objective of this initiative is to improve data collection and facilitate evidence-based inferences on the impact of racial background on bail and case outcomes.


$ 75,600
December 15, 2020
Wellington Halton Law Van

Legal Clinic of Guelph and Wellington County, in collaboration with Halton Community Legal Services, will offer a mobile legal clinic, called Wellington Halton Law Van, to enhance the network of rural supports available to low-income residents of Wellington and Halton Counties. Building on and expanding the original Wellington County Mobile Legal Service pilot project, this three-year project will improve access to justice in the rural portions of the region. It will also foster relationships among health care providers, the local bar association, mental health services, libraries, nonprofit organizations, community groups, and faith organizations.


$ 250,000
December 15, 2020
Legal Education to Ensure Migrant Workers’ Access to Decent Housing

Migrant Workers Alliance for Change (MWAC) will create and share public legal education (PLE) resources on housing rights to migrant agricultural workers based in Brantford, Hamilton, and the Niagara region. MWAC will raise awareness among migrant workers of basic housing standards and the ways in which they can assert their right to decent housing. The PLE resources will be available in English and Spanish. Partners include the Ontario Employment Education & Research Centre. This initiative will fill a gap in PLE resources that address the needs of migrant agricultural workers experiencing housing issues.


$ 60,869
December 15, 2020
Probono Inmate Appeal Program ("PIAP")

Probono Inmate Appeal Program provides unpaid duty counsel to assist indigent and unrepresented appellants with criminal appeals before the Court of Appeal for Ontario. With the support of one full-time paralegal, 40 senior criminal appellate counsel volunteer the equivalent of 80 free lawyer days per year to ensure that the right of access to justice is extended to these otherwise unrepresented individuals.


$ 100,000
December 15, 2020
Toolkit for Evidence-Based Child Protection Practice

The University of Toronto Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work will develop an online toolkit that will synthesize the legislation, case law, and evidence-based social science research on child protection and its effects on families involved in the system. The toolkit will be accessible online and directed to lawyers, social workers, and others working in child protection, with the goal of leading to more informed decision-making and court orders with a stronger evidentiary basis.


$ 100,000
December 15, 2020
The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Access to Family Justice in Ontario

University of Western, Faculty of Law will study the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on family law cases and family law litigants (both those with and without lawyers), including its effects on access to justice, victims of domestic violence, and children whose parents have separated. The team will study family law developments and impacts, and the responsiveness of family justice professionals and courts over the different phases of the pandemic. The objective of this initiative is to use empirical data to understand the effects of the pandemic on access to justice in the family law sector, which may also provide a benefit for future planning.


$ 39,213
December 15, 2020
Civil Procedure & Practice in Ontario

Windsor Law will create a free, online, accessible, and regularly updated guide to Ontario civil procedure published on CanLII. The guide will include plain-language summaries but will also be designed for legal professionals as an alternative to Westlaw and Quicklaw. By making the publication freely available, the guide will provide a tool for self-represented litigants and social justice practitioners.


$ 12,265
December 15, 2020
Catalyst 2021

Aboriginal Legal Services (ALS) will benefit Indigenous community members across Ontario who are experiencing legal issues. ALS aims to improve its capacity to develop and deliver programs and services that are responsive to the needs of the Indigenous community.


$ 150,000
October 29, 2020
Catalyst 2021

The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic’s Criminalization of Women Pro-Bono Program seeks to increase access to justice for women in the Greater Toronto Area who have experienced violence and have been charged with and/or convicted of criminal offences. The program provides women with summary legal advice and brief services for their criminal law matters. Program participants with more complex criminal law needs can access a community of pro bono criminal defense lawyers for legal advice. The program is for survivors of violence, particularly those facing multiple forms of discrimination, who come from underserved communities, and who have complex socio-economic and legal needs.


$ 150,000
October 29, 2020
Protesters' Defence - KYR Materials and Trainings

The Community Justice Collective (CJC) will deliver Know Your Rights (KYR) workshops for protestors and community activists. The workshop content will cover a range of topics, including basic rights when interacting with the police, constitutional rights related to protests, and potential charges and consequences of varying protest activities. CJC will also host legal information sessions for lawyers and other legal professionals. Partners include the Movement Defence Committee of the Law Union of Ontario. This initiative will build on existing KYR resources and enhance protestors’ understanding of what their rights are while protesting.


$ 14,700
October 29, 2020
Catalyst 2021

The FCJ Refugee Centre serves refugees and others at risk due to their immigration status through all steps of the refugee determination and refugee appeals processes as well as assisting with the family sponsorship and family reunification processes. The Centre primarily works with refugee claimants, rejected refugee claimants, individuals with precarious immigration status, temporary foreign workers, and those who have been trafficked. It also provides training workshops and legal education materials for frontline workers who serve refugees in the Greater Toronto Area and other parts of southern Ontario on aspects of the immigration and refugee process and procedures. The Catalyst grant will help the Centre to ensure it has the capacity and expertise to serve its clients and assist other organizations to do so, as well as to ensure its evolution and sustainability.


$ 150,000
October 29, 2020
Catalyst 2021

Innocence Canada is dedicated to identifying, advocating for, and exonerating individuals convicted of a crime that they did not commit and to preventing such injustices in the future through legal education and justice system reform. The Catalyst grant will enable the organization to continue to coordinate and administer its pro bono program, which reviews and assesses claims of innocence, as well as to enable the continuation of its legal education program.


$ 253,000
October 29, 2020
Catalyst 2021

The John Howard Society of Ontario (JHSO) will create an innovative new program to scope and serve the unmet civil legal needs of JHSO clients in Ontario. This grant will benefit JHSO clients, which includes people in provincial or federal correctional institutions, those recently released from those institutions, and other at-risk clients. Through the Catalyst grant, JHSO aims to develop programming that is responsive to the particular circumstances of justice-involved individuals who have civil legal problems.


$ 150,000
October 29, 2020
Catalyst 2021

L’Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO) raises awareness, informs, and educates the general public and jurists about their legal rights in the official language of their choice. It will offer services at its legal information centre in Ottawa and public legal education on its CliquezJustice.ca portal. AJEFO also plans to enhance its services for the general public. It will offer different workshops about justice-related topics across the province. This benefits Franco-Ontarians and other Ontarians.


$ 149,170
October 29, 2020
Catalyst 2021

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) will conduct research, provide multidisciplinary analysis, and develop reports on current and emerging legal policy issues. Partners include various justice sector organizations such as the Citizen Lab and the Criminal Lawyers Association. This grant will benefit justice sector stakeholders and the general public. Through the Catalyst grant, the LCO aims to promote access to justice and contribute to public debate.


$ 550,000
October 29, 2020
Catalyst 2021

Luke’s Place serves women and their children needing family law support who have experienced abuse and the frontline workers and lawyers who assist them. It provides both direct services and systemic support in Durham region and provincially. The Catalyst grant will enable the organization to expand access to summary legal advice at its Oshawa-based pro bono clinic, improve upon and expand its virtual legal clinic to rural southwestern Ontario, update its legal information resources and training materials, and evaluate the overall impact of its work.


$ 150,000
October 29, 2020
Catalyst 2021

Pro Bono Ontario (PBO) bridges the gap between low-income Ontarians who cannot afford a lawyer or qualify for legal aid, and lawyers who want to donate their services. Its programs include a legal advice hotline, litigation assistance programs in small claims court and Superior Court in Toronto and Ottawa, and medical-legal partnerships that operate out of five children’s hospitals. In addition to supporting these activities, the Catalyst grant will enable PBO to enhance its hotline services. The hotline currently provides free summary advice and legal drafting services in the areas of civil litigation, consumer debt and protection, employment law, housing, power of attorney for property and personal care, and corporate law (for nonprofits and small newcomer-run start-ups).


$ 880,000
October 29, 2020
Catalyst 2021

Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) will provide legal help without charge to low-income individuals and nonprofit organizations, and experiential learning opportunities to law students. With chapters in 22 of 23 Canadian law schools, PBSC develops legal placements for law students in a range of work settings, including clinics, nonprofit organizations, law offices, courts, and tribunals. Under the supervision of a lawyer, student volunteers draft memos, prepare policies and manuals, develop and deliver legal education workshops, assist lawyers and duty counsel with client intake, assist clients with document preparation, represent clients before tribunals and courts (under lawyer supervision), and provide legal information to clients.


$ 595,396
October 29, 2020
Catalyst 2021

Sudbury Workers’ Education and Advocacy Centre (SWEAC) will provide public legal education to workers in northern Ontario about their workplace rights. SWEAC will continue to engage in outreach activities in regions such as the Greater Sudbury area, Sault St. Marie, and North Bay. SWEAC will develop public legal education materials in a variety of novel formats around labour and employment rights and deliver Know Your Rights education workshops to different audiences on workers’ rights (Health and Safety, Employment Standards, and Human Rights).


$ 122,792
October 29, 2020
Catalyst 2021

The 519 aims to build on its capacity to support individuals through the justice system and provide the legal expertise necessary to increase access to justice. Partners include Pro Bono Students Canada and Community Legal Education Ontario. This grant will benefit members of the LGBTQ2S community, particularly those who are racialized, trans, low-income, under-housed or otherwise marginalized who have difficulty accessing high quality legal services.


$ 150,000
October 29, 2020
Catalyst 2021

The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History will study and promote public interest in the history of the law, the legal profession, and the judiciary in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada. It does so by publishing books on Canadian legal history, creating and preserving an oral history archive, supporting academic research, and hosting a diverse range of topical public educational events.


$ 195,700
October 29, 2020
Catalyst 2021

Workers’ Action Centre (WAC) will continue to provide information resources, train the trainer sessions, and educational workshops to people in low-wage and precarious employment in Ontario. WAC will continue to develop a robust and comprehensive public education program in order to rapidly respond to developing worker needs. WAC will also deepen engagement with regions and communities where it is currently active and expand into new and emerging regions and sectors.


$ 149,707
October 29, 2020
Fostering National A2J Coordination

The National Action Committee (NAC) is a national body created in 2008 to work across the justice sector on access to justice issues facing Canadians in civil and family matters. NAC is a national catalyst for reform, fostering engagement, pursuing a strategic collaborative approach to reforms, and coordinating the efforts of all participants. It will undertake various activities including: ongoing national coordination; holding its annual summit, regional colloquia, and communities of practice events; and, continuing to work on its justice development goals and justice metrics.


$ 50,000
July 23, 2020
Legal Clinic/drop-in

Canadian Artists’ Representation (CARFAC Ontario) will hold a series of high-access legal clinic drop-in sessions for diverse artists who face systemic barriers and experience social, cultural, and economic marginalization. Focusing on artists within the Greater Toronto Area, they include those from the Indigenous, racialized, LGBTQ2S, disability communities, artists affected by barriers like poverty, mental health issues, and access to employment and education. CARFAC Ontario will be working in partnership with Artists’ Legal Advice Services. Members of the visual arts community face a growing number of legal issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic and this project will increase access to justice for the community by providing increased opportunities for them to obtain legal advice from pro bono lawyers in a format that is less formal and intimidating than the services that are currently offered.


$ 13,455
July 23, 2020
Y.E.L.L. Youth Equality through Legal Learning

Youth Equality through Legal Learning (Y.E.L.L.) project will provide youth with sight loss and Deafblindness (ages 15-29) and their families, with essential legal information and self-advocacy skills to assist them with breaking down barriers and challenging discrimination in areas that impact them the most.

This training will build confidence and empower participants to assert their rights in a way that promotes inclusion, dignity and individualization, and allow them to develop skills that will better prepare the youth as they transition into adulthood and navigate through (among other things) post-secondary education, career exploration, and employment.


$ 15,000
July 23, 2020
ROSA

The Canadian Women’s Foundation, together with Aftermetoo, will complete and enhance Ontario-specific information as part of a larger national initiative to address workplace sexual harassment. The initiative, called Rosa, is a digital platform centralizing laws, judicial systems, supports, and reporting options across Canada for those who experience or observe workplace sexual harassment. Rosa will provide step by step information to guide people through all judicial and administrative forums.


$ 99,910
July 23, 2020
Website Upgrade Project

The Community Law School (CLS) will upgrade its website to current technical standards and requirements, including accessibility in conformity with current Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act standards. The upgrades will secure the site, allow the organization to post additional content, resources, community news, information on province-wide initiatives public legal education (PLE) materials, outreach strategies, and links to third-party resources. The grant will benefit students of CLS’s Certificate in Community Advocacy Program and individuals who work with marginalized and underserved populations throughout Ontario. It will allow them to stay current on access to justice issues by providing enhanced and supplemental course material for the certificate program as well as up-to-date public legal education information.


$ 15,000
July 23, 2020
Reproductive Rights Webinars for LGBTQI2S Ontarians

Egale will produce two live webinars to provide information on the rights and opportunities of lesbian, gay, trans, queer, intersex and Two Spirit (LGBTQI2S) people around reproductive rights, including surrogacy, adoption, egg donation, sperm donation, embryo donation, and parentage in Ontario. These webinars will be made available for free, widely distributed online, and are
expected to reach nearly 500 people across the province.


$ 13,990
July 23, 2020
Criminal Harassment Unheard Voices Dissemination Project

Regent Park Focus Youth Media Arts Centre will create and distribute a bilingual educational brochure and develop and launch an initiative for the promotion and dissemination of the video, Unheard Voices: Criminal Harassment in Canada. The project will engage with organizations such as Barbra Schiffer Commemorative Clinic, the Criminal Lawyers Association, the Crown Attorney Office, and 51 Metropolitan Police Division, to ensure wide-spread and effective dissemination of the resources across Ontario. The project seeks to address the gaps in knowledge and awareness, especially among young women, regarding criminal harassment and the legal resources available for victims.


$ 13,000
July 23, 2020
Black, Young and Knowledgeable

The Regroupement Ethnoculturel des Parents Francophone de l’Ontario will deliver virtual public legal education sessions and disseminate resources on interacting with law enforcement for Francophone Black youth living in and around Ottawa. This grant will increase youth’s knowledge of their rights and responsibilities when interacting with justice system actors.


$ 12,500
July 23, 2020
Sanctuary Students Unite! Exploring the Law (and its Limits) in our Lives

Sanctuary Students Solidarity & Support Collective will develop an interactive toolkit and series of rights-based workshops focusing on precarious immigration status and its intersection with other identities. The workshops will increase participants’ knowledge of their rights in different settings and contexts, and will encourage participants to become Community Ambassadors and further share their knowledge in their communities.


$ 15,000
July 23, 2020
CLJF 2020/2021 Powers of Attorney 101 How to Be a Power of Attorney in Ontario: A Free Course for Everyone

In partnership with the University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, will create a free online multi-module course that teaches Ontarians how to choose and/or act as a power of attorney for property and for personal care. The project will provide plain language and accessible education, targeted at no more than a grade 9 education level (English and French).


$ 60,000
June 29, 2020
CLJF 2020/2021 Refugees as Transitional Justice Actors

Prasanna Balasundaram, staff lawyer at Downtown Legal Services, in collaboration with Professor Sean Rehaag at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, will develop a research methodology to understand the relationship between refugee populations in southern Ontario and transitional justice processes. The goal of the project is to develop a toolkit aimed at enhancing the public’s understanding of transitional justice while strengthening the capacity of refugee, diasporic, and other civil society organizations in Ontario to prevent persecutory circumstances from arising and facilitate access to transitional justice processes.


$ 65,000
June 29, 2020
CLJF 2020/2021 Refugees as Transitional Justice Actors

Prasanna Balasundaram, staff lawyer at Downtown Legal Services, in collaboration with Professor Sean Rehaag at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, will develop a research methodology to understand the relationship between refugee populations in southern Ontario and transitional justice processes. The goal of the project is to develop a toolkit aimed at enhancing the public’s understanding of transitional justice while strengthening the capacity of refugee, diasporic, and other civil society organizations in Ontario to prevent persecutory circumstances from arising and facilitate access to transitional justice processes.


$ 14,810
June 29, 2020
CLJF 2020/2021 Powers of Attorney 101 How to Be a Power of Attorney in Ontario: A Free Course for Everyone

Laura Tamblyn Watts, CEO of CanAge, in partnership with the University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, will create a free online multi-module course which teaches Ontarians how to choose and/or act as a power of attorney for property and for personal care. The project will provide plain language and accessible education, targeted at no more than a grade 9 education level (English and French).


$ 15,000
June 15, 2020
Connecting Region - Connecting Ottawa

Connecting Ottawa will continue to coordinate a consortium of over 40 legal and non-legal organizations to implement a regional plan to provide legal information and referrals to people who are not proficient in English or French or who face communication challenges as the result of a disability or sensory impairment. Established to fulfil a recommendation in the “Connecting Across Language and Distance: Linguistic and Rural Access to Legal Information and Services” report commissioned by the Foundation, the initiative also strengthens linkages between legal and community workers in Ontario and is part of the Foundation’s strategic focus on the training and support of trusted intermediaries.


$ 279,750
April 23, 2020
Public Interest Articling Fellowship 2021//2022

Amnesty International will host an articling student to support its research and action with respect to a variety of pressing international and national human rights concerns. Its work is both focused on individual situations such as taking up the case of an individual who is detained as a prisoner of conscience as well as on reform initiatives, seeking to create the legal, political, and social conditions that prevent human rights violations from occurring in the first place.


$ 69,500
February 10, 2020
Public Interest Articling Fellowship 2021/2022

Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic will host an articling student to support its work providing legal services to women and non-binary survivors of gender-based violence, and in systemic advocacy initiatives including public legal education and law reform.


$ 69,500
February 10, 2020
Public Interest Articling Fellowship 2021/2022

Canada Without Poverty will host an articling student to support its work in eradicating poverty in Canada by addressing the systemic causes of and the legal barriers to ending it. Its work includes raising awareness about poverty, participating in research to generate new knowledge about poverty, and striving to demonstrate the connection between poverty and human rights.


$ 69,500
February 10, 2020
Public Interest Articling Fellowship 2021/22

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association will host an articling student to support its work in promoting and protecting civil liberties including law reform, public education, interventions before courts and tribunals, and deputations before parliamentary committees and public commissions.


$ 69,500
February 10, 2020
Public Interest Articling Fellowship 2021/2022

Innocence Canada will host an articling student to support its mission to identify, advocate for, and exonerate individuals who have been convicted of a serious crime they did not commit, and to prevent future miscarriages of justice through legal education and legislative reform.


$ 69,500
February 10, 2020
Public Interest Articling Fellowship 2021/2022

The John Howard Society of Canada will host an articling student to support its work on policy and law reform, litigation, public education, and assisting prisoners and former prisoners with their legal-related issues.


$ 69,500
February 10, 2020
Public Interest Articling Fellowship 2021/2022

Peacebuilders International (Canada) will host an articling student to primarily support its work within its Restorative Youth Circles program where youth have the potential to have their court cases diverted pre-trial out of the court system.


$ 69,500
February 10, 2020
Public Interest Articling Fellowship 2021/2022

The Public Interest Advocacy Centre will host an articling student to support its work providing legal, advocacy, and research services on behalf of those elements of the public interest that would otherwise be unable to be adequately heard before courts, tribunals, and decision-makers.


$ 69,500
February 10, 2020
Muslim Legal Support Centre Project

The Canadian Muslim Lawyers’ Association will run a pro bono summary legal advice, facilitate referrals, and deliver public legal education sessions in the Greater Toronto Area. This grant will benefit Muslim community members facing a range of legal issues. This grant will enhance access to linguistically and culturally responsive legal support.


$ 15,000
December 16, 2019
MeetGary in Translation

Centre for Refugee Studies, York University will complete a plain language review of their MeetGary website in order to increase its accessibility. This website provides key legal information to refugee claimants regarding hearings in front of the Immigration and Refugee Board. The site will also be translated from English into French, Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese. This project will benefit refugee claimant and those that support them.


$ 15,000
December 16, 2019
Capacity-building for an Inclusive Sector grant

The Hispanic Development Council will provide intake, referral, and system navigation support to members of the Hispanic community living in the Greater Toronto Area. Partners include Carranza LLP, a law firm in North York that has served the Spanish speaking community in the Greater Toronto Area for over 25 years. This grant will enhance access to information and support that community members need to resolve their legal issues.


$ 115,017
December 16, 2019
Investor Education Video Series

The Investor Protection Clinic at Osgoode Hall Law School will produce several short videos on topics such as the securities regulation system in Canada, red flags for investment fraud, and ways to recover lost funds, including different available complaints mechanisms. This grant will allow the Clinic to provide legal education support to retail investors (including seniors) throughout Ontario who wish to educate themselves on their rights or who believe they have suffered an investment loss as a result of someone else’s wrongdoing.


$ 27,808
December 16, 2019
Updating the Refugee Hearing Preparation: A Guide for Refugee Claimants, Greater Toronto Area

Kinbrace Community Society will undertake an update to its Refugee Hearing Preparation Guide for the Greater Toronto Area/Ontario to include changes to law, procedures, and legal, community, and government resources available to refugee claimants. The updated guide will be translated into eight languages. This printed and online resource for refugee claimants and the community workers that support them is designed to help refugee claimants further understand the refugee determination system, with a particular focus on increasing capacity to prepare for refugee hearings.


$ 14,995
December 16, 2019
Annual Comprehensive 2020-2021

The Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 168,300
December 16, 2019
LAWS Summer Job Program 2020

Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS) will place students in paid four-week jobs with legal aid clinics and public interest organizations as part of their summer job program. The grant benefits high school students involved in the LAWS program and offers them a unique opportunity to learn about access to justice, observe the legal aid system in action, and interact directly with community members.


$ 15,000
December 16, 2019
Investor Legal Information Planning Kit and App

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia, partnering with the Nova Scotia Securities Commission will develop a plain language online Investor Legal Planning Information Kit for vulnerable investors in Nova Scotia. The resource will focus on helping seniors, women and young families dealing with debt, newcomers, mature families dealing with significant changes in income, and youth entering adulthood strengthen their legal literacy around investing in order to avoid investment fraud.


$ 100,000
December 16, 2019
Annual Comprehensive 2020-2021

Lincoln Alexander School of Law at Ryerson University will conduct a needs assessment in order to establish a student legal clinic that responds to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 91,134
December 16, 2019
Community Engaged Family Court Research: Intersecting Legal Issues in Cases Involving Violence Against Women, Phase 2

Luke’s Place, in collaboration with University of Guelph researchers and community agencies throughout the province, will investigate the complex family law needs that emerge when criminal and/or child protection legal issues intersect with family law cases involving violence against women. The project will produce a systemic analysis, recommendations, and best practices that improve access to justice and safety for women and children, tools for clients and advocates, as well as a Family Court Research Toolkit for use in other jurisdictions. Phase 1 saw the development of the research tool and partnerships with five community agencies, as well as the establishment of a court protocol in consultation with the judiciary.


$ 140,000
December 16, 2019
Capacity-building for an Inclusive Sector grant

The Métis Nation of Ontario will pilot a pro-bono legal support and system navigation program for all its community members across Ontario. Partners include Pro Bono Ontario. This grant will enhance access to legal information and support for community members facing a range of legal issues.


$ 141,950
December 16, 2019
The Legal Resource Hub (LRH)

Muslim Family Services Ottawa will compile and disseminate legal information and resources to Muslim communities in Ottawa. Partners include the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law (Common Law Section). This grant will enhance access to culturally and linguistically responsive legal information for community members facing a range of legal issues.


$ 14,858
December 16, 2019
RRSPs and Debt: An Investigation into the Investor Rights of Older Canadians

Osgoode Hall Law School will undertake a comprehensive empirical research project into the financial lives of older Canadians who are dealing with retirement, increased debt, and the possibility of bankruptcy, with a specific focus on their use of RRSPs. They will look at the decision making of this population as well as the impact of legislative changes affecting retirement planning of older Canadians, such as the 2009 amendments to the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. The research will be published and made available online, and seminars will be held to educate older Canadians about debt, RRSPs, and bankruptcy.


$ 74,024
December 16, 2019
Annual Comprehensive 2020-2021

Osgoode Hall Law School will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 336,600
December 16, 2019
Pro Bono Inmate Appeal Program ("PIAP")

Pro Bono Inmate Appeal Program provides unpaid duty counsel to assist indigent and unrepresented appellants with criminal appeals before the Court of Appeal for Ontario. With the support of one full-time paralegal, 40 senior criminal appellate counsel volunteer the equivalent of 80 free lawyer days per year to ensure that the right of access to justice is extended to these otherwise unrepresented individuals.


$ 100,000
December 16, 2019
Annual Comprehensive 2020-2021

Queen’s University, Faculty of Law will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 279,400
December 16, 2019
Roy & Ria McMurtry Endowment 2019

The Second Chance Scholarship Foundation will provide a post-secondary education scholarship to a youth enrolled in a program relating to legal education, and who is currently, or has been, involved in the criminal justice system or who is at risk of such.


$ 5,000
December 16, 2019
Catalyst 2020

Sudbury Workers’ Education and Advocacy Centre (SWEAC) will provide public legal education to workers in northern Ontario about their workplace rights. SWEAC will continue to engage in outreach activities in regions such as the Greater Sudbury area, Sault St. Marie, and North Bay. They will develop public legal education materials in a variety of novel formats around labour and employment rights, and deliver Know Your Rights education workshops to different audiences on topics such as workers’ rights (Health and Safety, Employment Standards, and Human Rights).


$ 122,792
December 16, 2019
Street Justice

The Ticket Defence Program provides legal information and basic legal services to homeless and street-involved individuals who have received a ticket or fine for a provincial or municipal offence. University of Ottawa law students, lawyers, and paralegals work pro bono defending and advising clients. In addition to the University of Ottawa, partners include Odawa Native Friendship Centre, the Centre Communautaire Vanier, and the Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa. With fewer unpaid fines, the project will increase the likelihood of an individual advancing out of poverty. Based on past results, up to 90% of cases may have fines reduced significantly or charges withdrawn.


$ 14,447
December 16, 2019
Annual Comprehensive 2020-2021

The University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 168,300
December 16, 2019
Annual Comprehensive 2020-2021

The University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Common Law Section will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 336,600
December 16, 2019
Annual Comprehensive 2020-2021

The University of Toronto, Faculty of Law will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 279,400
December 16, 2019
Public Legal Education for Vulnerable Investors

The University of Toronto, Faculty of Law will develop and disseminate plain language public legal education materials about investor rights and protections in Ontario in a variety of targeted formats, providing information to vulnerable investors (the elderly and newcomers) in order to prevent fraudulent and misleading investing.


$ 99,789
December 16, 2019
Migrants – Guide to Dealing with Deportation and Law Enforcement

University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, International Human Rights Program will produce Know Your Rights guides, wallet-sized information cards, and theatre-based workshops for individuals with precarious immigration status (or no status) in Canada with respect to their rights around interactions with Canadian Border Services Agency and police, as well as information about the deportation and detention process. Materials will also be translated into Mandarin, Cantonese, and Spanish.


$ 15,000
December 16, 2019
Annual Comprehensive 2020-2021

The University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 279,400
December 16, 2019
Annual Comprehensive 2020-2021

The University of Windsor, Faculty of Law will conduct activities that respond to access to justice needs in the local community and provide student enrichment opportunities through experiential learning and other means.


$ 279,400
December 16, 2019
Capacity-building for an Inclusive Sector grant

The Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA) will pilot a pro bono summary advice clinic and deliver public legal education sessions for community members in and around Scarborough. This grant will benefit community members in need who access ACSA’s services, which includes newcomers, refugees, and low-income individuals and families. This grant will enhance access to legal information and support for community members in need who are facing a range of legal issues.


$ 150,000
November 19, 2019
Capacity-building for an Inclusive Sector grant

The Arab Canadian Lawyers Association will develop a website to house legal resources and a legal referral database for the Arab community across Ontario. This grant will increase access to information and resources for community members facing a range of legal issues.


$ 25,000
November 19, 2019
Capacity-building for an Inclusive Sector grant

The Canadian Council of Muslim Women will provide intake, referral, and system navigation support for Muslim women living in the Greater Toronto Area. This grant will benefit women who are experiencing family law issues. This grant will enhance access to reliable and culturally responsive family law resources.


$ 149,825
November 19, 2019
Capacity-building for an Inclusive Sector grant

The Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association (CMLA) will hire an organizational development coordinator to spearhead short and long-term organizational planning initiatives to further develop the Muslim Legal Support Centre (MLSC). The MLSC was piloted with the support of Law Foundation funding and connects Muslim communities in the Greater Toronto Area to culturally and linguistically responsive legal information and support. This grant will enable CMLA to build on the momentum of the MLSC pilot and connect with more Muslim communities across Ontario.


$ 59,080
November 19, 2019
Inspiring Possibilities: A Legal Guide to Engaging Support Workers for People with Disabilities (Guide)

Community Living Ontario will create and distribute a guide for people with disabilities and their families throughout Ontario that provides plain language information and templates for the hiring and payment of private support workers. The guide will ensure that families have access to the necessary information in order to adhere to employment laws and avoid potentially damaging consequences that improper employment arrangements can entail.


$ 69,960
November 19, 2019
Capacity-building for an Inclusive Sector grant

For Youth Initiative (FYI) will hire a legal consultant who will complete an organizational needs assessment, identify training opportunities for staff, and develop an intake and referral process for youth in the Greater Toronto Area seeking legal information and support. This grant will enhance FYI’s ability to provide system navigation support to marginalized, racialized, and newcomer youth who are in conflict with the law.


$ 44,000
November 19, 2019
Capacity-building for an Inclusive Sector grant

Place du Partage will provide system navigation support, deliver public legal education sessions, and engage in staff training. This grant will benefit Place du Partage staff as well as Francophone refugees and newcomers in Windsor. This grant will increase community members’ access to French language legal resources.


$ 70,000
November 19, 2019
Capacity-building for an Inclusive Sector grant

The Somali Canadian Association of Etobicoke will provide intake and referrals as well as deliver public legal education sessions in the Greater Toronto Area. This grant will benefit Somali community members in need of legal information and support. This grant will enhance access to culturally and linguistically responsive for community members facing a range of legal issues.


$ 79,538
November 19, 2019
Catalyst 2020

Aboriginal Legal Services (ALS) will benefit Indigenous community members across Ontario who are experiencing legal issues. ALS aims to improve its capacity to develop and deliver programs and services that are responsive to the needs of the Indigenous community.


$ 150,000
October 24, 2019
Catalyst 2020

L’Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO) raises awareness, informs, and educates the general public and jurists about their legal rights in the official language of their choice. It will offer services at its legal information centre in Ottawa and public legal education on its CliquezJustice.ca portal. AJEFO also plans to enhance its services for the general public. It will offer different workshops about justice-related topics across the province. This benefits Franco-Ontarians and other Ontarians.


$ 149,170
October 24, 2019
Catalyst 2020

The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic’s Criminalization of Women Pro-Bono Program seeks to increase access to justice for women in the Greater Toronto Area who have experienced violence and have been charged with and/or convicted of criminal offences. Through the program, the Clinic provides women with summary legal advice and brief services for their criminal law matters. Program participants with more complex criminal law needs can access a community of pro bono criminal defense lawyers for legal advice. The program is for survivors of violence, particularly those facing multiple forms of discrimination, who come from underserved communities, and who have complex socio-economic and legal needs.


$ 150,000
October 24, 2019
Catalyst 2020

Canadian Civil Liberties Education Trust will provide workshops, seminars, and in-class sessions in schools, educational institutions, and faculties of education, educating students and teachers about their civil rights and freedoms. It prepares the next generation of Canadians for civic engagement by introducing teens to the exploration of civil liberties, critical thought, and the development of democratic habits.


$ 221,100
October 24, 2019
Catalyst 2020

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) will continue to serve as the central hub for all public legal education and information in Ontario. CLEO develops clear, accurate, and practical legal rights education and information to help people understand and exercise their legal rights, with a particular focus on support for trusted intermediaries. The use of trusted intermediaries significantly expands access to justice for low-income individuals and people from marginalized and vulnerable communities in Ontario.


$ 385,000
October 24, 2019
Catalyst 2020

The FCJ Refugee Centre serves refugees and others at risk due to their immigration status through all steps of the refugee determination and refugee appeals processes as well as assisting with the family sponsorship and family reunification processes. The Centre primarily works with refugee claimants, rejected refugee claimants, individuals with precarious immigration status, temporary foreign workers, and those who have been trafficked. It also provides training workshops and legal education materials for frontline workers who serve refugees in the Greater Toronto Area and other parts of southern Ontario on aspects of the immigration and refugee process and procedures. The Catalyst grant will help the Centre to ensure it has the capacity and expertise to serve its clients and assist other organizations to do so, as well as to ensure its evolution and sustainability.


$ 150,000
October 24, 2019
Catalyst 2020

Innocence Canada is dedicated to identifying, advocating for, and exonerating individuals convicted of a crime that they did not commit and to preventing such injustices in the future through legal education and justice system reform. The Catalyst grant will enable the organization to continue to coordinate and administer its pro bono program, which reviews and assesses claims of innocence, as well as to enable the continuation of its legal education program.


$ 253,000
October 24, 2019
Catalyst 2020

The John Howard Society of Ontario (JHSO) will create an innovative new program to scope and serve the unmet civil legal needs of JHSO clients in Ontario. This grant will benefit JHSO clients, which includes people in provincial or federal correctional institutions, those recently released from those institutions, and other at-risk clients. Through the Catalyst grant, JHSO aims to develop programming that is responsive to the particular circumstances of justice-involved individuals who have civil legal problems.


$ 150,000
October 24, 2019
Catalyst 2020

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) will conduct research, provide multidisciplinary analysis, and develop reports on current and emerging legal policy issues. Partners include various justice sector organizations such as the Citizen Lab and the Criminal Lawyers Association. This grant will benefit justice sector stakeholders and the general public. Through the Catalyst grant, the LCO aims to promote access to justice and contribute to public debate.


$ 550,000
October 24, 2019
Catalyst 2020

Law in Action Within Schools is a partnership between the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, and the Toronto District School Board that delivers a law and justice-themed academic and extra-curricular high school program designed to teach students about law and justice. It will support them to graduate from high school, access post-secondary education, and consider a justice sector or legal profession career.


$ 150,000
October 24, 2019
Catalyst 2020

Level’s Indigenous Youth Outreach Program provides interactive justice education workshops and mentorship activities. Indigenous youth will learn about the Canadian justice system, as well as the importance of incorporating Indigenous practices into criminal justice proceedings. The program helps to deconstruct barriers to justice by disrupting prejudice, building empathy, and advancing human rights.


$ 71,250
October 24, 2019
Catalyst 2020

Luke’s Place serves women needing family support who have been subjected to abuse and the frontline workers and lawyers who assist them. It supports women and their children through the family law process. It provides both direct services and systemic support in Durham region and provincially. The Catalyst grant will enable the organization to expand access to summary legal advice at its Oshawa-based pro bono clinic, improve upon and expand its virtual legal clinic to rural southwestern Ontario (currently, in partnership with over 20 women-serving organizations the virtual clinic serves urban and rural areas in northwestern and northeastern Ontario), update its legal information resources and training materials, and evaluate the overall impact of its work.


$ 150,000
October 24, 2019
Catalyst 2020

Luke’s Place serves women needing family support who have been subjected to abuse and the frontline workers and lawyers who assist them. It supports women and their children through the family law process. It provides both direct services and systemic support in Durham region and provincially. The Catalyst grant will enable the organization to expand access to summary legal advice at its Oshawa-based pro bono clinic, improve upon and expand its virtual legal clinic to rural southwestern Ontario (currently, in partnership with over 20 women-serving organizations the virtual clinic serves urban and rural areas in northwestern and northeastern Ontario), update its legal information resources and training materials, and evaluate the overall impact of its work.


$ 293,575
October 24, 2019
Catalyst 2020

Ontario Justice Education Network will carry out programs that facilitate and support broad-based activity by the judiciary, the bar, the courts, and the education community throughout Ontario, with a primary focus on students and the strengthening of links between the justice and education communities. It develops innovative educational tools that introduce young people to the justice system, helps them understand the law, and builds their legal capability, and prepares them to manage the legal aspects of problems that arise in their own lives.


$ 890,000
October 24, 2019
Catalyst 2020

Pro Bono Ontario (PBO) bridges the gap between low-income Ontarians who cannot afford a lawyer or qualify for legal aid, and lawyers who want to donate their services. Its programs include a legal advice hotline, litigation assistance programs in small claims court and Superior Court in Toronto and Ottawa, and medical-legal partnerships that operate out of five children’s hospitals. In addition to supporting these activities, the Catalyst grant will enable PBO to enhance its hotline services. The hotline currently provides free summary advice and legal drafting services in the areas of civil litigation, consumer debt and protection, employment law, housing, power of attorney for property and personal care, and corporate law (for nonprofits and small newcomer-run start-ups).


$ 880,000
October 24, 2019
Catalyst 2020

Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) will provide legal help without charge to low-income individuals and nonprofit organizations, and experiential learning opportunities to law students. With chapters in 22 of 23 Canadian law schools, PBSC develops legal placements for law students in a range of work settings, including clinics, nonprofit organizations, law offices, courts, and tribunals. Under the supervision of a lawyer, student volunteers draft memos, prepare policies and manuals, develop and deliver legal education workshops, assist lawyers and duty counsel with client intake, assist clients with document preparation, represent clients before tribunals and courts (under lawyer supervision), and provide legal information to clients.


$ 621,520
October 24, 2019
Catalyst 2020

The 519 aims to build on its capacity to support individuals through the justice system and provide the legal expertise necessary to increase access to justice. Partners include Pro Bono Students Canada and Community Legal Education Ontario. This grant will benefit members of the LGBTQ2S community, particularly those who are racialized, trans, low-income, under-housed or otherwise marginalized who have difficulty accessing high quality legal services


$ 150,000
October 24, 2019
Catalyst 2020

The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History will study and promote public interest in the history of the law, the legal profession, and the judiciary in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada. It does so by publishing books on Canadian legal history, and creating and preserving an oral history archive.


$ 195,700
October 24, 2019
Catalyst 2020

Workers’ Action Centre (WAC) will continue to provide information resources, train the trainer sessions, and educational workshops to people in low-wage and precarious employment in Ontario. WAC will continue to develop a robust and comprehensive public education program in order to rapidly respond to developing worker needs. WAC will also deepen engagement with regions and communities where it is currently active, and expand into new and emerging regions and sectors.


$ 149,707
October 24, 2019
BLSA Canada 29th Annual National Conference – Advancing the Vision: Continuing in the Spirit of Excellence

Black Law Students’ Association of Canada (BLSA Canada) will host its annual conference in Ottawa benefiting Black law students from across the country. BLSA Canada aims to foster connections between Black law students and lawyers to promote professional development, legal education, and cultural awareness within the legal sector.


$ 25,000
September 19, 2019
BIST’s Legal Educational Awareness Project (LEAP)

The Brain Injury Society of Toronto Legal Educational Awareness Project will develop, organize, and deliver in-person and web-based referral and education sessions for people with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) involved in the legal system. An innovative concept that will use technology to enhance supportive legal services and programming for people with ABI in both the City of Toronto and across Ontario. A better understanding of the condition by members of the legal sector will help to provide people with ABI access to justice by avoiding assumptions and misinterpretations of their behaviour.


$ 96,685
September 19, 2019
Improving access to primary law in Ontario, with a focus on family court decisions

Canadian Legal Information Institute will improve access to legal information pertaining to family law for Ontarians by scanning and loading the decisions from the Reports of Family Law onto their website. This project will ensure that the core primary law and most important court decisions for this practice area from the last 48 years will become readily available to Ontarians without subscription to or purchase of research materials.


$ 26,240
September 19, 2019
Mental Health Laws and Advocacy Course Development

The Community Law School will develop a Mental Health Laws and Advocacy course for inclusion in the Certificate in Community Advocacy Program that will encompass five crucial legal issues/processes and four governing statutes impacting people dealing with mental health issues. This grant will benefit trusted intermediaries, as well as friends, family, and other people supporting those dealing with mental health issues. The objective of the project is to empower people supporting individuals with mental health issues to understand and better navigate legal processes.


$ 37,400
September 19, 2019
Access to Opportunities: Legal Education Project for Refugee Women

Council of Agencies Serving South Asians will provide legal education in the City of Toronto and London, Ontario to benefit refugee women. The objective of the project is to disseminate up-to-date, customized legal information related to childcare, housing, employment, education, healthcare including maternal and sexual health by bringing lawyers and refugee women together in education forums and by developing and disseminating legal toolkits in many languages spoken by refugees.


$ 62,600
September 19, 2019
Jail Accountability & Information Line (Phase 2)

The Jail Accountability & Information Line aims to develop its capacity to offer prisoners and their families legal information and connections to legal services in an effort to improve conditions of confinement at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre. Partnerships will be developed among the Faculty of Social Sciences and Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University, Community Legal Education Ontario, and Legal Aid Ontario. With the assistance of two part-time coordinators, up to eight undergraduate social sciences students will be partnered with up to eight law students to participate in call intake and resolution work.


$ 69,135
September 19, 2019
Childhood Arrivals Support & Advocacy Program

The Childhood Arrivals Support and Advocacy Program works to support undocumented childhood arrivals. These are young people who were moved to Canada as children who have lived all their lives without official authorization or documentation, and thus are vulnerable to deportation to birth countries where they have little to no connection. Program activities include outreach to youth, teachers, and parents through schools and community programs and legal system navigation, including pro bono legal support, in an effort to file permanent residence applications.


$ 100,000
September 19, 2019
ID Bank

Keewaytinok Native Legal Services will develop an ID Bank in Moosonee with satellite offices in Moose Factory, providing services all along the James Bay coast to some of Ontario’s most remote communities, such as Attawapiskat, Kashechewan, Fort Albany, and Peawanuck. The project will help clients to get or replace essential ID documents as well as provide storage of ID documents. The objective is to ensure residents in the area are able to get essential ID, have it stored in a safe space, and ensure that their basic legal needs are met with required documentation.


$ 100,000
September 19, 2019
RHP Video Project Pilot Project - Kitchener and Windsor Chapters

Matthew House will pilot an expansion of its Refugee Hearing Program (RHP) by creating an RHP chapter in the Kitchener-Waterloo area that uses video-conferencing to provide legal education to local refugee claimants. This innovative program helps claimants prepare for their hearings by providing them with an understanding of what to expect in their hearing. The preparation allows them better represent themselves at the hearing and receiving a more objective and fair outcome.


$ 106,476
September 19, 2019
Legal Education to Ensure Migrant Workers' Access to Open Permits and Permanent Residency

Migrant Workers Alliance for Change will conduct outreach and legal education for migrant workers, agricultural workers, and their support organizations in rural Ontario in order to support them in accessing new work permit and permanent residence immigration programs.


$ 43,700
September 19, 2019
Safe and Secure Futures

Partners for Planning will develop and disseminate accessible, plain-language resources, including a printed book, facilitator guide, and planning e-course. The resources are on important legal topics for families that support a relative with a disability and wish to create a good life for them and ensure their future is safe and secure, both financially and socially. The project enhances the participants’ knowledge so they can use all the available tools and legal instruments to provide the maximum security possible for their loved ones.


$ 95,000
September 19, 2019
Sentencing Parole Project

The Sentencing and Parole Project will develop, launch, and evaluate an initiative that seeks to address the mistreatment and misunderstanding of Black offenders in criminal sentencing and parole. The primary activity is the professional preparation of in-depth Impact of Race and Culture Assessments that provide comprehensive insight into how an individual’s experiences with racism and socio-economic disadvantage in their community may have contributed to their conduct, choices, and current or past contact with the criminal justice system. The reports provide context for judges to craft unique sentences that are just to the offender, and for parole boards to ensure offenders have access to resources and help that is attuned to their concerns.


$ 150,000
September 19, 2019
Class Action Clinic (Start-Up Fund)

University of Windsor will establish a Class Action Clinic, a legal resource and services clinic focused on the needs of class action class members, with a mandate to provide public legal education and services to class members so that they may better understand and exercise their rights.


$ 99,990
September 19, 2019
Support for the Wiyasiwewin Mikiwahp Native Law Centre's Mandate

Native Law Centre (NLC) will implement a range of legal education initiatives, including its national legal research and publications program and the Native Law Centre Summer Program. This grant will benefit Indigenous law students and lawyers as well as the broader legal community. Through its initiatives, NLC aims to contribute to public legal education on Indigenous peoples and Indigenous law and promote access to legal education for Indigenous students.


$ 20,000
September 19, 2019
Fostering National A2J Coordination

The National Action Committee (NAC) is a national body created in 2008 to work across the justice sector on access to justice issues facing Canadians in civil and family matters. NAC is a national catalyst for reform, fostering engagement, pursuing a strategic collaborative approach to reforms, and coordinating the efforts of all participants. It will undertake various activities including: implementation of its new governance model; holding its annual summit, regional colloquia, and communities of practice events; and, continuing to work on its justice development goals and justice metrics.


$ 50,000
June 24, 2019
A Home of My Own Guide to Tenant Rights & Responsibilities

Bridges to Belonging will develop a plain language guide for people living with disabilities on their rights and responsibilities as a tenant. The resource will allow individuals in the Waterloo region to better understand the laws governing tenancy regardless of their level of literacy and facilitate more independent living arrangements. It is hoped the format will be disseminated to other agencies in the province to increase access to justice and independence for people with disabilities.


$ 15,000
June 24, 2019
A Feasibility Assessment for a L(legal)-Consult System to Bring Timely Legal Information to Underserved Populations Using Community Primary Healthcare

The Bruyere Research Centre will conduct a feasibility assessment for a L(Legal)-Consult system that would establish web-based communications between primary care health practitioners and legal workers to provide appropriate and timely legal information to patients with legal issues. The assessment would set the stage for a 12 to 24 month implementation and evaluation of such a system which if successful, would allow the implementation of legal-medical partnerships by facilitating communication between health and legal workers without the need for the services of an on-site lawyer.


$ 14,955
June 24, 2019
Artificial Intelligence as a Tool for Telecom Policy Review

Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic proposes to create a fully public information portal that uses artificial intelligence to process, and provide information regarding telecommunications policy, to be used in consumer protection.


$ 98,595
June 24, 2019
Human Rights and Eviction Prevention Services 2.0

Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) will establish, promote, pilot, and evaluate new online service interfaces for its existing direct services program that serves approximately 1,300 `Ontario renters each year who are facing eviction or have a human rights-related housing issue. The project will improve access to CERA’s programming, advancing the legal rights of people with respect to their housing.


$ 15,000
June 24, 2019
Increasing Access to Justice for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence

A collaborative of organizations who work in the intimate partner violence field are working together on a proposal to improve and expand training and support to a wide range of trusted intermediaries working in various sectors across Ontario to support frontline workers as they help women to use the law to make a difference in their lives.


$ 89,958
June 24, 2019
The Data & Development Project

The Northside Hip Hop Archive housed at Ryerson University (NSHHA) will develop plain language materials on copyright and intellectual property laws geared at Canadian hip hop artists, with an emphasis on helping artists keep pace with the evolving digital music landscape and understand how to utilize new digital tools to protect their art. This grant will benefit local hip hop artists in Ontario and across Canada. Through this work, NSHHA aims to equip artists with the information needed to protect their art and to seek out legal remedies when they feel their rights have been infringed.


$ 36,930
June 24, 2019
Trans ID Clinic

SKETCH will establish the formal administration and management for its Trans ID Clinic to provide confidential legal guidance to young people aged 16-29 in the Greater Toronto Area to make changes to their name and gender markers on government identification documents. The clinics will be run in conjunction with Pro Bono Students Canada with pro bono legal services provided courtesy of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Intensive training for lawyers and law students regarding transgender identities and the law will be provided by lawyers from the Justice for Children and Youth specialty clinic with assistance from a trans Peer Trainer. Complete and accurate government identification allows trans individuals increased access to secure housing, employment, and healthcare.


$ 15,000
June 24, 2019
TAG's Access to Justice Week 2019

The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) will bring to