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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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TAG's Access to Justice Week 2019

The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) will bring together institutional, political, and community justice system stakeholders throughout Ontario and build the infrastructure for collaboration, cross-sector innovation, and coordinated solutions to improve access to justice. Funding will support TAG’s 2019 Access to Justice Week activities including a conference on the topic of public legal education organized by the Ontario Justice Education Network and Community Legal Education Ontario, as well as panel discussions, roundtable workshops, and keynote speaker events.


$ 39,561
June 24, 2019

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Indigenous Realities of Navigating the Canadian Justice System Project

The Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) will expand the scope of their recently completed research project to conduct community-driven research (using its unique USAI Research Framework) into the impact of bail, remand, and other justice-related processes on urban Indigenous communities in Ontario, shedding light on the specific experiences of urban Indigenous people within these communities, as well as the specific partnerships, innovative program delivery solutions, and gaps in Friendship Centre services. OFIFC will build on its research by partnering with additional Friendship Centres in Ontario and broadening the geographic scope of this work. The work will provide valuable data to support policy discussions, program development, and contribute to the growing body of research regarding the treatment of Indigenous people in Ontario’s justice systems.


$ 100,000
June 24, 2019

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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
May 27, 2019

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Legal Aid Ontario Activities

To support Legal Aid Ontario activities.


$ 15,000,000
May 27, 2019

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Funding for International Legal Aid Group Conference

To support a conference of the International Legal Aid Group, a network of legal aid specialists from over two-dozen countries, to be held in Ottawa from June 17-19, 2019. The goal if the biannual conference is to improve evidence-based policy-making in the field of poverty legal services through discussion and dialogue on international developments in legal aid policy and research.


$ 22,500
May 27, 2019

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Still Waiting for Disruption: Understanding Barriers to A2J Legal Technologies

Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD) will conduct research to understand how Ontarians use technology to resolve civil legal issues and their satisfaction with the technologies used. OCAD will also explore how legal technology designers and innovators incorporate public legal needs and experiences into their designs. This grant will benefit the public as well as legal technology innovators, designers, and investors. Through this work, OCAD aims to promote an exchange of knowledge between traditional A2J legal service providers and the legal technology community. OCAD believes this will foster the development of technological tools that meaningfully impact the public and reduce barriers to accessing justice.


$ 57,417
May 27, 2019

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Trusted Help – Facilitating Access to Justice in Care Campuses across Ontario

The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging Foundation will conduct a needs assessment for the purpose of developing a model wherein frontline workers in long term care and retirement homes will assist older adults that live in its residences with their legal issues. This can include identifying legal issues, providing legal information, assisting in navigating the legal system, and assisting with completion of legal forms. This is a joint initiative of the Institute and Schlegel Villages, and will be done in partnership with the University of Waterloo, and Conestoga College.


$ 34,762
May 27, 2019

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Tech for Women’s Justice: Exploring the Intersections Between Violence Against Women, Access to Justice and Technology

Women Abuse Council of Toronto (Woman ACT) will conduct research to explore how women in the Greater Toronto Area who are experiencing violence use technology to obtain legal help and support. Partners include Working for Change. This grant will benefit women experiencing violence and stakeholders in the violence against women (VAW) sector. Through this research, Woman ACT aims to increase public understanding of how women experiencing violence can leverage technology to access justice. Woman ACT also aims to promote the need to consult with survivors on solutions or innovations within the VAW sector.


$ 39,033
May 27, 2019

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Catalyzing Access to Justice during Short Interactions with Low-Income Tenants

ACORN will undertake a two-step research initiative – an environmental scan and two focus groups – to identify legal issues experienced by low-income tenants in Ontario. It will then develop a portable and user-friendly tool and train its community organizers to use the tool to identify legal problems and to direct community members to sources of legal information and advice largely in the areas of housing and consumer rights issues. The new portable tool, whose primary purpose is to assist community members to address legal issues before they escalate, will be piloted in Toronto, Hamilton, and Ottawa.


$ 28,033
April 25, 2019

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Legal Portal for Trusted Intermediaries

The Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes (AOcVF) will create a virtual legal information portal for trusted intermediaries in the Francophone violence against women (VAW) sector across Ontario. Partners include local AOcVF member organizations. This grant will benefit Francophone women survivors of violence who have also experienced other forms of marginalization including addiction and poverty. The objective of the project is to equip transitional housing support workers, family court support workers and other trusted intermediaries in the Francophone VAW sector with easily accessible and reliable resources to help survivors defend their rights in different legal areas including housing, social assistance, immigration, criminal, and family law.


$ 85,000
April 25, 2019

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Bridging the Gap Together - Enhancing LTB Legal Competency

Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA) will study existing service gaps at the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) to identify strategic responses available to frontline workers. It will work with a committee of community partners from across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to develop and deliver tools and training to build legal competency in frontline workers on LTB matters. Five in-person trainings will be delivered in the GTA and a training webinar will be available online. CERA will provide phone support to assist frontline workers with individual client case management. CERA’s primary project partners are Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services, East York East Toronto Family Resources, and LAMP Community Health Centre. This initiative will work to prevent evictions and homelessness among vulnerable renters facing hearings at the LTB.


$ 98,776
April 25, 2019

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Justice & Health Partnerships: Virtual Training Workshops & Community Forums for Healthcare Professionals

Community Advocacy & Legal Centre will create a series of virtual workshops using an action research methodology that healthcare professionals can access on-demand and provide justice & health forums for interested communities across Ontario. Workshops will build healthcare professionals’ capacity to identity, refer, and address legal issues. Forums will introduce this new vision for access to justice and collaborations with trusted intermediaries that will better reach vulnerable and low-income populations and, in particular, rural communities.


$ 100,000
April 25, 2019

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Regulatory Options for Smart Legal Forms

Community Legal Education Ontario will conduct an environmental scan around the regulation of smart legal forms designed for public use (both in Canada and internationally) and their impacts through an access to justice lens. Partners include the University of Ottawa. This research will benefit both service users and service providers by identifying relevant considerations for stakeholders for the regulation of this rapidly changing field in Ontario.


$ 15,950
April 25, 2019

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Community Legal Education for Literacy and Basic Skills Learners

Community Legal Education Ontario and Community Law School (Sarnia-Lambton) Inc. (CLSSL) propose to develop learning activities that will be piloted by CLSSL through at least one local literacy organization that trains and tutors adult learners, adapt the learning activities for province-wide distribution to the literacy sector, and conduct outreach and roll-out the learning activities to literacy organizations across the province.


$ 46,260
April 25, 2019

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Building a Model to Evaluate Online Interactive Resources for Access to Justice

Community Legal Education Ontario will build a model for evaluating online interactive tools, specifically the Guided Pathways tool. Partners include Cyber Justice Laboratory. The purpose of the project is to create an evaluation framework for online legal information and support tools. This grant will benefit service providers as well as clients utilizing interactive online tools in support of their legal needs.


$ 25,000
April 25, 2019

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Building Community Legal Clinic Capacity to Train Community Workers

Community Legal Education Ontario and the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario will collaborate to build engagement and capacity in community legal clinics across the province to train and support trusted intermediaries in their communities. The project aims to establish more consistent community engagement by community legal clinics and improve levels of assess to justice by expanding the use of trusted intermediaries in their respective communities.


$ 95,000
April 25, 2019

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High Risk Navigation Network and Protocol

The Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre, in partnership with the Thunder Bay and District Coordinating Committee to End Woman Abuse, will develop and pilot a high risk navigation model/response system protocol in Thunder Bay for women and children facing violent perpetrators. The partnership will also develop and deliver training for trusted intermediaries in gender based violence theory and practice, and in turn, they will provide training for legal system professionals through workshops and an annual professional training day. The project will increase collaboration between community-based advocates and the justice system to intervene in incidents with the most severe potential consequences.


$ 91,728
April 25, 2019

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Evaluation of the Effect of Community Mediation on Parties’ Relationships

St. Stephen’s Community House will evaluate the effectiveness of community mediation and coaching, as practiced in the 12 services of the Ontario Community Mediation Coalition, in resolving immediate conflicts and especially in improving the ongoing capacity for communications and future conflict resolution in and among clients using these services. Partners include the Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution. The program evaluation will benefit both service providers and clients in giving and receiving community mediation services.


$ 25,000
April 25, 2019

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Trusted Intermediary Education Project

The Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) will establish the Trusted Intermediary Education Project, a professional development training for the OFIFC’s Community Justice Program (CJP) Coordinators who facilitate culture-based diversions for urban Indigenous communities throughout Ontario. The proposed project will provide CJP Coordinators with curriculum to train volunteers to support with the diversions process, best practices for program outreach, and training on developing effective memoranda of understanding. The program aims to establish more consistent levels of facilitation with increased effectiveness and improved outcomes for clients.


$ 100,000
April 25, 2019

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Assessing the Complexity of Interactive Court Forms Using a Functional Literacy Framework

University of Ottawa will examine how technology can be used to mitigate a barrier to the public effectively accessing justice: court form complexity. It will build on the academic researchers’ previous work evaluating the accessibility of paper-based court forms to examine the benefits and identify remaining challenges to making court forms easily accessible and usable for the public, with Community Legal Education Ontario’s (CLEO) Guided Pathways used as an example. Partners include Western University and CLEO. This grant will benefit academics, service providers, as well as service users.


$ 87,980
April 25, 2019

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Predictive Analytics in the Canadian Criminal Justice System

The International Human Rights Program (IHRP) will conduct research on the human rights implications of using predictive analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) in the criminal justice context, with primary focus on examining how predictive analytics is used to support community policing by police departments. Partners include Citizen Lab. This grant will benefit the general public as well as policy makers and legislators interested in the regulation of AI technologies. Through this work, IHRP aims to increase public awareness and understanding of the use of AI and predictive technology in the Canadian criminal justice system. IHRP also aims to promote discussions around appropriate oversight and accountability mechanisms for these technologies.


$ 100,000
April 25, 2019

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Measuring the Impact of Legal Service Interventions

Canadian Forum on Civil Justice will design the first longitudinal study to measure the impact of different types of legal interventions (e.g. full representation, summary advice, provision of legal information etc.) on the resolution of civil and family legal disputes. The study will focus on community legal clinics in Ontario. It will examine the impact of different legal services as provided by legal clinics (including full or partial representation). This grant will benefit service users as well as service providers.


$ 25,000
February 25, 2019

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The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act: Measuring the Real-World Impact of Public Legal Education

Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network will develop and implement a qualitative research protocol to evaluate, among people who use drugs and harm reduction service providers, both (1) their knowledge of and use of the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act and (2) the effectiveness of the public legal education resources proffered to date on this topic in Ontario. The objective of this project is to analyze and report on research findings, with a view to informing any ongoing legal barriers and public legal education gaps that prevent people who use drugs from calling emergency services during an overdose.


$ 25,000
February 25, 2019

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Justice & Health Partnerships: Measuring the Impact

Community Advocacy & Legal Centre will carry out a literature review and qualitative study on models of justice-health partnerships (JHPs) in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia. It will create an evaluation framework to assess the impact of existing and newly emerging Justice & Health projects, looking specifically at: (1) the changes created for patients/clients; (2) the changes created for health care providers as trusted intermediaries; and (3) how these projects improve legal health and/or increase access to justice. The objective of this project is to support efforts to implement more effective JHPs for the benefit of patients and care providers as well.


$ 25,000
February 25, 2019

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Research & Improved Knowledge Dissemination for Child Protection Cases Involving High Conflict Parental Separation

King’s University College will run a pilot project and related research study in Ontario that will address the needs of children and parents involved in “cross-over cases”, high conflict separation or divorce family cases that also involve the child protection system due to allegations of neglect and abuse. Partners include the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. The goal is to study the effectiveness of a program that will provide high conflict families with enhanced access to collaborative interdisciplinary responses (i.e. legal and child welfare) through an early targeted response initiative. The focus is on assisting families to receive timely, appropriate services to help them resolve parenting disputes in a child-focused, efficient way.


$ 78,773
February 25, 2019

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Digital Rights and Access to Justice

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) will conduct research and consultations to understand how automated decision-making systems are being used in the justice sector in Ontario and across Canada. This grant will benefit the public and justice sector stakeholders that are interested in the regulation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies. The LCO aims to develop recommendations for a regulatory framework for algorithmic and AI technologies used by justice sector stakeholders. The LCO believes this work could influence successive access to justice research and policy‐making in the area of digital rights.


$ 100,000
February 25, 2019

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Impacts of Justice on Indigenous Peoples Living in Algoma District

NORDIK Institute will develop a participatory action research project to help identify how particular social determinants act as barriers for Indigenous people involved in the justice system. The research will formulate and test interventions in the areas of housing, transportation, and/or mental health or addictions treatment and determine whether they result in less frequent breaches of bail or probation conditions, thus leading to fewer convictions and incarcerations. Project partners include the Indian Friendship Centre and John Howard Society within Sault Ste. Marie the Canadian Mental Health Association, as well as First Nations (Batchewana, Garden River, Thessalon, Missanabie Cree, Mississauga, Sagamok, Serpent River, and Michipicoten), police services (Anishinabek Police Services, the City of Sault Ste. Marie Police Services, and the Ontario Provincial Police), Crown and defense attorneys, and Legal Aid Ontario. This project seeks to improve the experience of Indigenous people with the justice system in Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma District.


$ 24,695
February 25, 2019

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More Lawyers, More Litigation? Exploring Trends in Litigation and the Legal Profession

Ryerson University will research the correlation and potential relationship between the composition of the legal profession and trends in litigation in Ontario, in order to examine if there is a correlation between the number of legal professionals in Ontario and litigation trends. The researchers are interested in exploring the premise that the admission of too many lawyers to the Bar will, among other things, result in a supply-driven excess in litigation. The project will begin to identify the access to justice implications of a change in the legal labour force.


$ 25,000
February 25, 2019

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Access to Justice in Consumer Standard Form Contracts

University of Ottawa, Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) will conduct research on the subject of forum selection clauses, arbitration clauses, and class-action waivers in standard form consumer contracts in Canada. This research aims to help understand and address any imbalance in the implementation of these clauses in standard form contracts between businesses and consumers. CIPPIC will use traditional legal research and empirical research methods for this work, including an online survey of 5,000 consumers and focus groups of Ontario consumers. They will report on their findings, including a report on the state of standard form contracts across Canada, and develop a concise guide on which Canadian laws apply to forum selection clauses, arbitration clauses, and class-action waivers.


$ 88,046
February 25, 2019

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Secured Lending in Ontario: an Empirical Analysis

University of Toronto, Faculty of Law will obtain a complete record of all Personal Property Securities registrations in Ontario between 1990 and 2016 from the province of Ontario and undertake the first large-scale academic empirical analysis of secured lending in Canada, specifically relating to individual and small business lending. This research will provide a more complete and accurate picture of the landscape of consumer and small business debt in Ontario. The researchers will also make their cleaned up and anonymized dataset available to other researchers for non-commercial uses in both French and English. This database will be of benefit to a variety of disciplines, including law, finance, economics, and public policy, and will provide a whole new data source for analysis of secured lending practices for scholars from various fields.


$ 98,280
February 25, 2019

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Public Perceptions of Civil Justice in Ontario Longitudinal Trend Survey

York University, Institute for Social Research will undertake a longitudinal trend survey on public perceptions and issues in the civil justice system in Ontario. This research project expects to establish a data base of longitudinal trend survey research findings and provide insight into (1) what is working in the civil justice system and what can be improved, (2) which research issues and themes warrant further in-depth research; and (3) what are the similarities and differences within the data base between survey respondents with specific experiences with the justice system and those who do not have those experiences. The research will help address the gap in existing research on meaningful access to justice in Ontario that is person-centred or public-oriented. The survey will be developed collaboratively with community organizations such as Community Legal Education Ontario and Pro Bono Ontario.


$ 72,300
February 25, 2019

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Does Race Matter?: An Examination of How Ontario Courts Consider Anti-Black racism in the Sentencing of African-Canadians

York University, Jean Augustine Chair in Education, Community & Diaspora will undertake a qualitative research study to examine how Ontario courts, in the sentencing of African-Canadian offenders, understand and consider anti-Black racism in Canadian society. The long-term aim of the research study is to develop a framework to address the overrepresentation of African-Canadians in Ontario correctional facilities.


$ 96,160
February 25, 2019

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Eastern & Central Region Justice & Health Partnership Initiative

The Peterborough Community Legal Centre will create a fully integrated Justice-Health Partnership project in the eastern and central region of Ontario that will develop relationships with potential health partners, assess local needs and capacity, and design and implement project plans that are responsive to presenting justiciable issues in its communities. The project aims to demonstrate that enhanced access to justice through health service providers acting as trusted intermediaries can improve health outcomes, particularly for rural residents who face increased marginalization on the basis of geography, isolation, class, race, age, and ability.


$ 100,000
January 29, 2019

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Justice and Mental Health Rural Outreach Project

The Legal Clinic will Improve access to justice for vulnerable individuals struggling with mental health and substance abuse conditions by building partnerships with local health and non-health service providers to optimize service coordination and client outcomes. The project will serve the United Counties of Leeds & Grenville, the Townships of North and Central Frontenac in Frontenac County and the Township of Addington Highlands in the County of Lennox & Addington. The project aims to demonstrate that enhanced access to justice through health service providers acting as trusted intermediaries can improve health outcomes for individuals with mental health and addiction problems.


$ 100,000
January 29, 2019

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Enhancement and Remote Expansion of the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program

The Refugee Hub will connect refugee sponsors across Ontario to pro bono lawyers and law students who will provide in-person and virtual assistance with preparing sponsorship applications. The grant will benefit refugees and their sponsors, particularly sponsors seeking to reunite with family members in their home country. Through this work, the Refugee Hub aims to connect sponsors to effective support, while promoting a collective approach to addressing refugee protection issues within the legal community.


$ 99,996
January 29, 2019

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Annual Conference 2019

Black Law Students’ Association of Canada (BLSA Canada) will host its annual conference in Ottawa. This grant will benefit 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
December 18, 2018

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Worker's Rights Education for Caregivers

Caregivers Action Centre will develop and launch an outreach and education program for hard-to-reach caregivers and domestic workers who face substantial barriers to learning about and enforcing their employment rights.


$ 43,754
December 18, 2018

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A Pathway to End Violence Against Migrant Sex Workers: Access Safety, Dignity, and Justice

The Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter will produce legal materials and facilitate legal training workshops to frontline workers and migrant sex workers in Toronto. This project will benefit both frontline workers and migrant sex workers by increasing community capacity to support migrant sex workers who may experience, or have experienced, violence or exploitation, and also providing sex workers with legal training sessions about available legal supports.


$ 76,288
December 18, 2018

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Ethics, Civility and Advocacy - A Program for Junior Criminal Counsel

The Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa will provide a two-day intensive advocacy program for 40-50 junior lawyers of the Eastern and Northern Ontario criminal defence bars. The interactive programming will be delivered in partnership with volunteer senior criminal lawyers (including from the Crown Attorney’s office) and judges from all levels of Court. This grant will provide new lawyers, many of whom are practising on their own and without mentorship, with the opportunity to hone their advocacy skills.


$ 25,000
December 18, 2018

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C.A.R.E.: Court Accompaniment, Referrals, and Education for Women

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Kingston’s C.A.R.E program will provide court accompaniment, system navigation, and public legal education support to women 18 and over in Kingston and the surrounding area. Queen’s University’s chapter of Pro Bono Students Canada is a partner. This grant will benefit women in the Kingston community who have been charged with provincial and federal offences under the Criminal Code, as well as those involved in family law matters. The C.A.R.E program aims to empower women to navigate the court process from an informed and supported position.


$ 98,739
December 18, 2018

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Hamilton Education Law Project

Empowerment Squared will provide legal information and referral support to racialized newcomer and immigrant students in Hamilton and the surrounding area. Partners include the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic and Justice for Children and Youth.This grant will benefit racialized newcomer and immigrant students experiencing education law issues and their families. Empowerment Squared aims to connect students and families to the information and resources needed to advocate for students’ rights and challenge schools’ disciplinary decisions, when necessary.


$ 99,680
December 18, 2018

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Summary Advice Drop-in Clinic for Migrant Farmworkers

Justice for Migrant Workers will partner with University of Windsor, Faculty of Law to deliver bi-monthly drop-in summary advice clinics on immigration and employment law for migrant farmworkers in the Winsor/Essex/Leamington area of southwestern Ontario utilizing the services of pro or low-bono legal professionals. It will benefit migrant farmworkers facing multiple barriers to accessing legal services. In addition to linguistic barriers, migrant workers often experience geographic isolation, limited access to transportation, intersecting legal issues, and a lack of knowledge about basic Canadian laws and rights.


$ 86,080
December 18, 2018

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Annual Comprehensive 2019-2020

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 18, 2018

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WellCoMs (Wellington County Mobile Legal Service)

Legal Clinic of Guelph and Wellington County will offer a mobile legal clinic, called Wellington County, Mobile Legal Service (WellCoMS), to enhance the network of rural supports available to low income residents of Wellington County. This 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.


$ 100,000
December 18, 2018

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Legal Education for Migrant Agricultural Workers in Niagara

Migrant Workers Alliance for Change will provide public legal education directly to migrant agricultural workers on employment, immigrant, worker compensation, and human rights in the Niagara and Durham regions. It will also help to consolidate regional services and referral partnerships in these regions to better serve migrant workers. This will strengthen local support services for the workers and give them the tools to self-advocate for their rights and improved access to justice.


$ 36,780
December 18, 2018

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Communication Engagement Officer

Nokiiwin Tribal Council (NTC) includes six Nokiiwin communities in the Robinson Superior Treaty Territory of northwest Ontario: Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek; Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek; Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek; Pic Mobert First Nation; and Fort William First Nation. NTC provides services in the access to justice, health and wellness, community development, and education fields. The agency has hired a full time communications engagement officer to develop a detailed outreach and communication strategy to inform people about NTC’s justice-related services. The communications engagement officer will visit the six communities on a regular basis to provide residents with information about the NTC’s justice department including the work of the community legal worker, restorative justice coordinator, victim support services coordinator, and the half time lawyer who is available to provide legal advice to people with a low income. It is expected that these outreach activities will improve access to justice for First Nations people in the largely rural region.


$ 100,000
December 18, 2018

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Northern Region Transformation Project (NRTP) Indigenous Legal Needs Assessment

The Northern Region Transformation Project, which is comprised of 11 legal clinics in northern Ontario, will undertake research to better meet the clinic law-related needs of Indigenous peoples, both on and off of reserves. The research will build an accurate picture of poverty and poverty/clinic law needs in Indigenous communities, explore the role of Indigenous languages and cultural interpretation in effective service delivery, and gather wise practices and gaps in resources and services. The quantitative and qualitative information collected will enable the clinics to enhance service and explore internal and collective organizational changes.


$ 223,044
December 18, 2018

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Indigenous Youth: Designing a Better Justice System

Ontario Justice Education Network will continue the collaboration of a previous grant, “Aboriginal Youth Designing a Better Justice System”, a project undertaken in partnership with the Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution, Justice for Children and Youth and the Ontario Child Advocate. This next phase will focus on working with a group of Indigenous youth to develop one of the three youth-conceived technology prototypes from the August 2017 workshop. The objective of the project is to promote the involvement of Indigenous youth in the justice system and improved relations with law enforcement officers.


$ 87,000
December 18, 2018

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Annual Comprehensive 2019-2020

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 18, 2018

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Annual Comprehensive 2019-2020

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 18, 2018

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Second Chance Scholarship Foundation Inc.

Roy & Ria McMurtry Endowment 2018

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 18, 2018

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Tools for Tenant Rights

Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton will undertake a public legal education initiative for tenants in two of Hamilton’s low income neighbourhoods related to preventing displacement due to gentrification. The project will use popular education to increase the knowledge and capacity of tenants to respond to landlords’ attempts to displace them. This will allow tenants to better advocate for themselves in the legal process.


$ 100,000
December 18, 2018

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Youth Court Screening Pilot

Turning Point Youth Services (TPYS) will screen youth entering the criminal justice system for mental health and other needs and connect them to available supports. This pilot will take place at the Ontario Court of Justice at 311 Jarvis St. in Toronto. Partners include Justice for Children and Youth. This grant will benefit youth facing criminal charges at 311 Jarvis. TPYS aims to connect youth to available supports as early as possible to increase the likelihood that they will be diverted from the criminal justice system.


$ 99,986
December 18, 2018

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Annual Comprehensive 2019-2020

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 18, 2018

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Annual Comprehensive 2019-2020

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 18, 2018

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Accessing Justice: National Online Guides to Police Oversight Procedures

University of Toronto, Faculty of Law’s David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights will produce plain-language public legal information guides describing the relevant procedures for when a member of the public wishes to make a complaint about the police. The project will benefit members of the public. The objective of the project is to make more accessible the various complex police oversight complaints mechanisms.


$ 59,350
December 18, 2018

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Annual Comprehensive 2019-2020

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 18, 2018

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Annual Comprehensive 2019-2020

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 18, 2018

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Annual Comprehensive 2019-2020

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 18, 2018

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Support for the 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
December 18, 2018

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Compensation for Victims of Crime Advocacy (CVoCA) Project

Community Law School will provide training in the Sarnia, Barrie, and London areas to frontline social service workers and at various provincial umbrella organizations connected to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. The training will enable frontline workers to support their clients throughout the Criminal Injuries Compensation process. Four training webinars will be produced in cooperation with Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) using the intensive training materials and be made available through CLEO’s Your Legal Rights website for use by numerous social service agencies across the province. Victims of violence will benefit from this program while they assist them in obtaining compensation.


$ 44,282
November 19, 2018

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Trans Youth and the Law

The Gilbert Centre for Social and Support Services will conduct workshops on legal information and system navigation training for frontline workers, parents, and community leaders with respect to transgender children, youth and families, and the law. This project will promote a better understanding of the rights of transgender and gender variant children and youth and parents, and provide frontline workers and educators knowledge about their legal rights.


$ 18,100
November 19, 2018

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Before You Sign

YWCA St. Thomas Elgin will work with project partners and participating communities to design and deliver workshops, training material, and podcasts for immigrants and newcomers to provide them with basic legal information on high-need areas such as landlord-tenant, consumer, and contract law. Frontline workers also will be trained. The project will benefit immigrants and newcomers by supporting trusted intermediaries to better equip members of these groups with the legal basics to navigate Canadian society.


$ 45,546
November 19, 2018

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The Pilot Clinic Law Initiative for Muslim Communities Project

Canadian Muslim Lawyers’ Association (CMLA) will provide pro bono legal education workshops, summary legal advice, and referrals in Toronto. Partners include the Arab Canadian Lawyers’ Association. This grant will benefit low-income Muslim communities in Toronto. CMLA aims to connect underserved Muslim communities to linguistically and culturally sensitive legal services.


$ 15,000
October 29, 2018

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Supporting Family and Friends of Those With Mental Health Challenges: Mental Health Laws and Advocacy

Community Law School will develop workshop materials on various mental health laws for the community in Sarnia. Partners include the Lambton Mental Wellness Centre. This grant will benefit the family and friends of those living with mental health challenges. Community Law School aims to bolster the ability of families to help their family members who are living with mental illness and experiencing legal issues.


$ 14,350
October 29, 2018

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LAWS Summer Job Program 2019 - Public Interest Positions

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
October 29, 2018

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Restorative Justice and the Youth Justice System

Peacebuilders will create a video on restorative justice and its place in the youth justice system in Ontario, including how and at what points during the justice process youth can access restorative programming. Partners include Youth Justice Ontario and Ontario Justice Education Network. This grant will benefit youth in contact with the justice system as well as youth justice practitioners. Peacebuilders aims to consolidate information on the restorative justice resources available to youth and foster coordination among youth justice organizations.


$ 15,000
October 29, 2018

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Youth and the Law: Working the System

Regent Park Focus will create multi-media public legal education materials with youth in Toronto. Partners include Downsview Community Legal Services and Toronto Police Services, 51 Division. This grant will benefit youth living in the Regent Park and Lawrence Heights neighbourhoods. Regent Park Focus aims to promote public legal education and foster legal capability among youth in a creative way.


$ 15,000
October 29, 2018

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2018 World Indigenous Law Conference

The University of Windsor, Faculty of Law will host the 2018 World Indigenous law conference under the title and theme, “Waawiiatanong Ziibi: where the river bends, the application of Indigenous laws in Indigenous communities and in the courts”. Partners include Elders and scholars from Canada and abroad. This grant will benefit the Indigenous community, the law faculty, and the legal community. The University of Windsor, Faculty of Law aims to foster meaningful discussions on Indigenous law and teachings as well as promote the exchange of knowledge among Indigenous communities.


$ 10,000
October 29, 2018

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Applying for State-funded Counsel: a Guide for Parents in Child Protection Cases

The National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP) will create and disseminate a detailed guide to drafting, filing, and arguing applications for state-funded counsel in Ontario. This grant will benefit parents involved in child protection proceedings who have been denied legal aid and cannot afford legal representation. NSRLP aims to provide low-income parents with the information needed to secure legal representation and meaningfully participate in child protection proceedings.


$ 15,000
October 29, 2018

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Catalyst 2019

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
September 20, 2018

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Catalyst 2019

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
September 20, 2018

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Catalyst 2019

The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic’s Criminalization of Women Pro-Bono Program seeks to increase access to justice for women in the GTA 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
September 20, 2018

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Catalyst 2019

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
September 20, 2018

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Program Activities 2018

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) will continue to serve as the central hub for all public legal education and information (PLEI) 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.


$ 46,667
September 20, 2018

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Catalyst 2019

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) will continue to serve as the central hub for all public legal education and information (PLEI) 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
September 20, 2018

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Catalyst 2019

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
September 20, 2018

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Catalyst 2019

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 20, 2018

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Catalyst 2019

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
September 20, 2018

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Catalyst 2019

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
September 20, 2018

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Catalyst 2019

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
September 20, 2018

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Catalyst 2019

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
September 20, 2018

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Catalyst 2019

Luke’s Place serves women needing family support who have been subjected to abuse and the frontline workers and lawyers who assist them. Located in Oshawa, it supports women and their children through the family law process. It provides both direct services and systemic support, both in the 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
September 20, 2018

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Catalyst 2019

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.


$ 293,575
September 20, 2018

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Catalyst 2019

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
September 20, 2018

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Catalyst 2019

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. It develops and manages programs that enable the provision of pro bono legal services including a free 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 20, 2018

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Catalyst 2019

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 tribunal and courts (under lawyer supervision), and provide legal information to clients.


$ 595,396
September 20, 2018

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Catalyst 2019

Sudbury Workers’ Education and Advocacy Centre (SWEAC) seeks to provide public legal education to workers in Sudbury and surrounding area about their workplace rights. Youth are an especially important target population. Over the past two years the organization has developed ties with social service agencies in the surrounding regions including Espanola, North Bay, Timmins, and Sault Ste. Marie. SWEAC will continue to develop partnerships in the North. SWEAC’s outreach will also focus on the local First Nations to ensure that Indigenous workers are aware of their rights and the recourse available to them.


$ 126,635
September 20, 2018

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Catalyst 2019

The 519 Church Street Community Centre 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
September 20, 2018

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