POLITICS
06/01/2019 10:08 EDT | Updated 07/05/2019 17:00 EDT

Investigating The Impact Of Ontario's Legal Aid Cuts

UNAIDED is a HuffPost Canada series that examines the effects of recent funding cuts to Ontario’s legal aid system and the impacts on the vulnerable people who rely on it to navigate our complicated justice system.


Legal aid union and lawyers are fighting back against the province’s 30 per cent budget
Legal aid union and lawyers are fighting back against the province’s 30 per cent budget cut.
Clinics will be forced to turn away thousands of people a year, a director
Samantha Beattie/HuffPost Canada
Clinics will be forced to turn away thousands of people a year, a director says.
Unless the federal government steps in, refugee claimants will have to attend their hearings without representation.By Emma
Unless the federal government steps in, refugee claimants will have to attend their hearings without representation.

By Emma Paling
Legal Aid Ontario says the targeted cuts were necessary to preserve services in the North and rural areas.By Samantha Beattie...
Legal Aid Ontario says the targeted cuts were necessary to preserve services in the North and rural areas.

By Samantha Beattie, Emma Paling
Legal Aid Ontario is slashing the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario budget by 25 per cent.By Emma
Legal Aid Ontario is slashing the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario budget by 25 per cent.

By Emma Paling
Private lawyers will no longer be paid to represent the vast majority of their most impoverished clients during bail hearings...
Private lawyers will no longer be paid to represent the vast majority of their most impoverished clients during bail hearings.

By Samantha Beattie
The clinic for injured workers is losing four frontline staff members.By Emma
The clinic for injured workers is losing four frontline staff members.

By Emma Paling
A legal clinic that serves injured workers is having its budget slashed retroactively.By Emma
A legal clinic that serves injured workers is having its budget slashed retroactively.

By Emma Paling
Two staff members at the Workers’ Health and Safety Legal Clinic have lost their jobs.By Emma
Two staff members at the Workers’ Health and Safety Legal Clinic have lost their jobs.

By Emma Paling