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Ontario Increases Funding to Mississauga Community Legal Aid Clinic

Province Enhancing Access to Affordable Legal Services

MISSISSAUGA--Ontario is enhancing access to affordable legal services in Mississauga by providing an additional $577,000 to Mississauga Community Legal Services.

As part of Ontario’s multi-year commitment to increase access to legal aid, Legal Aid Ontario is increasing the amount of funding it provides to its community clinics, including to Mississauga Community Legal Services.  The new funds will help Mississauga Community Legal Services hire more staff, expand existing services, or launch new services that support clients.

MPP Dipika Damerla made the announcement on Friday September 25th at the Mississauga Community Legal Services. “This additional investment is about ensuring those who need legal aid services in Mississauga can receive them.  It is about ensuring Mississauga gets its fair share of legal aid funding. I am very pleased that by working together we were able to increase funding for the Mississauga Community Legal Aid Clinic, ” she said.  

This year Legal Aid Ontario is investing an additional $1.5 million in community legal aid clinics with the fewest resources per low-income person. The investment supports Legal Aid Ontario’s strategy to expand financial eligibility and clinic law services for low-income Ontarians.

Expanding access to legal aid services is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan.

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“In times of need, community legal clinics are a valuable option for low-income Ontarians in search of legal advice and representation. I’m proud to support this initiative, which is providing an important boost to those clinics that can use it the most. I’m grateful to those community clinics and Legal Aid Ontario, who are doing such good work at the local level.”

— Madeleine Meilleur, Attorney General of Ontario

 “This additional investment is about ensuring those who need legal aid services in Mississauga can receive them.  It is about ensuring Mississauga gets its fair share of legal aid funding. I am very pleased that by working together we were able to increase funding for the Mississauga Community Legal Aid Clinic. ”

 —  Dipika Damerla, Member of Provincial Parliament for Mississauga East – Cooksville

 “With the new investment, our clinic is now able to expand its services in social assistance and immigration matters. It will also allow the clinic to begin services in new areas such as employment and human rights. This investment brings our community closer to similar services in Toronto and across the province.”

 — Terry Edgar, Mississauga Community Legal Services Executive Director

 

QUICK FACTS

 

  • Funding for this initiative is part of Ontario's multi-year commitment to increase access to legal aid. When fully implemented, an additional one million low-income Ontarians would be eligible for legal aid services.
  • Ontario’s legal aid system helps ensure Ontarians have access to the legal services they need, regardless of their ability to pay. Legal Aid Ontario is an independent agency with sole responsibility for managing its operations and finances.
  • Since 2003, Ontario has invested over $3 billion into Legal Aid Ontario.

 

Photo Caption: (L-R Terry Edgar, Executive Director Mississauga Community Legal Services; MPP Dipika Damerla; Charmaine Mitchell, Chair, Board of Directors, Mississauga Community Legal Services; Douglas Kwan, Associate Executive Director Mississauga Community Legal Services).

 

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