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International Legal Aid Group Conference Country Report: Canada

By: Michele M. Leering, Legal Services Society British Columbia, Legal Aid Ontario

The responsibility for delivering legal aid services in Canada lies with the provincial and territorial governments. The governing legislation and the administrative structure for operationalizing the services differs in each province and territory.

For the purposes of this 2015 National Report, two Canadian provinces, British Columbia (B.C.) and Ontario, are featured. Both are engaged in transformation efforts designed to improve the breadth and reach of their services to low income individuals and disadvantaged and vulnerable communities.