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Ottawa, October 22, 2020 | Thursday October 28, 2020 and Friday October 29, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., a virtual and free legal clinic will be offered to the public of North-East Ontario.

Organized by the Law Practice Program (LPP) of the Faculty of Law (Common Law Section) of the University of Ottawa and the Ontario Legal Information Center (the Center), this temporary virtual clinic will be accessible to all attendants, regardless the income level.

The candidates in the licensing process of the Law Society of Ontario and lawyers will attend the clinic and offer free 30-minutes information and legal orientation sessions in family law, employment law / human rights, housing law, wills and estates and income maintenance., all in English and French. This year, due to the pandemic, meetings will be by telephone.

According to Christiane Saad, Director of the LPP, the Clinic will give candidates a virtual practical experience with the public and will sensitize them to the reality of practicing law in the North of the province, in order to allow the population to have access to services of equal quality in both official languages. “From its inception, one of the mandates of the PPD in French was to promote access to justice in French in the North. This activity shows that our candidates are ready to serve the Francophone community in all corners of the province in all circumstances. "

Ms. Andréanne Charron, manager of the Centre, is delighted to have the opportunity to partake in this specific experience for northern litigants. Since its launch in January 2015, the Centre has offered more than 13,000 legal information meetings to litigants from across Ontario. "This mobile clinic is the perfect opportunity for the Centre to increase awareness of its services in the North.”

The consultations will take place over the phone :

  • Wednesday October 28, 2020 from 10 am to 6 pm
  • Thursday, October 29, 2020, from 10 am to 6 pm

To take advantage of these free legal information services, the public can call 613 562-5800, ext 1011 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Me Christiane Saad
Director of the Law Practice Program  
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613-562-5800 poste 1011

Me Andréanne Charron
Manager, Ontario Legal Information Center
1-844-343-7462 / 613-842-7462

Ottawa, September 9, 2020 - The Ontario Legal Information Centre (the Centre) has been recognized for its services by The Law Foundation of Ontario. 

The article, which appeared in early September, highlights touching stories of clients who have used the Centre's services following a milestone event. 

Extract: 

“A woman arrives at the CIJO in tears because she has an automobile debt that she does not understand. She bought a used car and then replaced it with another car. Things got complicated and she was no longer able to pay. An in-house lawyer helped her understand how her car costs were structured and the legal steps she could take to resolve the case. She was smiling when she left, relieved to know that she could take action about her debt." 

To read the full article, click here 

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The Center offers a free 30-minute meeting with a lawyer to anyone facing a legal problem. The lawyer provides legal information and directs Ontarians to appropriate resources in the region and province. Information, referral and support services are offered in French and English, in person and by telephone, on a confidential basis. 

The Legal Information Centre is an initiative of the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO). The AJEFO thanks the Department of Justice Canada in the cadre of the Action Plan for Official Languages – 2018-2023: Investing in Our Future as well as the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, for their financial contribution. The AJEFO also recognizes the financial support of the Law Foundation of Ontario.   

   

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Information   

Ms. Charlotte Calen, Communications Manager  

Ontario Legal Aid Information Centre   

613-842-7462, extension 229 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     

@InfoJuridiqueON |@LegalInfoON 

Ottawa, January 23, 2020 The Ontario Legal Information Centre (the Centre) is celebrating its 5th anniversary this month! It is the opportunity for the Centre to compile findings from its 5 years of existence with more than 11,000 people served, to take stock of 2019 and to set out its outlook for 2020. 

 

Current Services  

Since 2015, the Centre has offered a free thirty-minute meeting with a lawyer to any person facing a legal problem in Ontario. The Centre is a unique model in Ontario: the services are free, offered in French and in English, in person and over the telephone, and there is no eligibility requirement. Through its network of partners across the province, the Centre guides individuals within the legal system by directing them to the resources able to support them and by explaining to them the steps and the procedures required to navigate within the justice system.  

 

A Look Back on 2019 

This year, facing an ever-increasing demand, the Centre expanded its services and hired additional lawyers through funding from the Law Foundation of Ontario and from the Department of Justice Canada.  The demand for the Centre's services is so great that it is still frequently unable to meet the demand. “We can think of this as a nice problem to have, explains Andrée-Anne Martel, Executive Director of the Centre, but, above all, it  shows how the need for legal information continues to grow, and will continue to grow.” 

 

But, above all, it shows how the need for legal information is growing, and will continue to grow. 

 

2019 Statistical Portrait:  : 

  • 3,433 people served 
  • 22% Francophone  
  • 46% with less than $30,000 in annual income  
  • 96% were not represented by a lawyer 

 

Fields of law most solicited in 2019:  

  • Family: 16  
  • Civil procedure: 13 % 
  • Landlord and Tenant: 9 % 
  • Estates: 6 
  • Employment and labour: 5 % 
  • Immigration: 5 % 

 

Avenues for growth in 2020  

Always on track to offer local services, the Centre is prepared, with the help of funding from the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario, to offer its legal services in person in Sudbury in 2020 for a few weeks. “We have wanted to offer our services in person in Northern Ontario for a few years now, continued Ms. Andrée-Anne Martel. We really hope that this temporary experience will help show the need for our services and allow us to strengthen our presence over there.  

 

The Centre will receive the public during a two-week period at the 6th floor, suite 604, of the Rainbow Centre, located at 10 Elm Street, in Sudbury, in accordance with the following schedules: 

 

  • February 18, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  
  • February 19, from 9:00 a.m. to noon &  

                        from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

  • February 20, from 9:00 a.m. to noon 

                        from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

  • February 21, from 9:00  a.m. to noon 

 

  • March 9, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  
  • March 10, from 9:00 a.m. to noon 

                   from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

  • March 11, from 9:00 a.m. to noon 

                   from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

  • March 12, from 9:00 a.m. to noon 

 

 

The Legal Information Centre is an initiative of the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO). The AJEFO thanks the Department of Justice Canada in the cadre of the Action Plan for Official Languages – 2018-2023: Investing in Our Future as well as the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, for their financial contribution. The AJEFO also recognizes the financial support of the Law Foundation of Ontario.   

 

 

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Information  

Ms. Charlotte Calen, Communications Manager 

Ontario Legal Aid Information Centre  

613-842-7462, extension 229 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

@InfoJuridiqueON |@LegalInfoON  

 

 

Ottawa, October 23rd, 2019 – The Ontario Legal Information Centre (the “Centre”) celebrated an important milestone when it served its 10,000th individual. The Centre opened in 2015 to meet the growing need of individuals seeking legal information in the province. The Centre’s services are now more essential than ever!

A unique and valuable resource in Ontario

Since January 15th, 2015, the Centre offers a free 30-minute meeting with a lawyer to anyone facing a legal issue in Ontario. The Centre is one of a kind in Ontario: its services are free, offered in all areas of the law in both French and in English, and there are no admissibility criteria.

Thanks to its network of partners throughout the province, the Centre helps individuals navigate the legal system and discover pertinent resources across the province to resolve their legal issue.

Over the past six months, family law has been the most sought out area of law by people who have come to the Centre. Amongst the people that used the Centre’s services, 97% were not represented by a lawyer.

“Legal issues are on the rise, and the legal system is complex and difficult to navigate. In four short years, the Centre has become a central resource for individual having to navigate the legal system. The need for legal services such as the ones offered at the Ontario Legal Information Centre is so great that we have seen a steady increase in individuals seeking legal help. We hope to continue to make a difference by helping as many people as possible throughout the province to resolve their legal questions,” indicates Ms. Andrée-Anne Martel, Executive Director of the Centre.

Overview of statistics for the last 6 months (March to August 2019)

  • 35% of individuals served live outside of Ottawa
  • 29% were francophones
  • 48% of individuals served had a yearly income below $30,000
  • Most popular areas of law: family, civil, landlord and tenant, estate, and immigration
  • 97% of individuals were not represented by a lawyer

The Centre offers a free 30-minute meeting with a lawyer to anyone facing a legal issue. The lawyer provides legal information and steers Ontarians towards the appropriate local and provincial resources. Information, referral and support services are offered in English and French, in person or by telephone, on a confidential basis.

The Ontario Legal Information Centre is an initiative of the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO). The AJEFO would like to thank the Department of Justice Canada for its financial support by means of the Action Plan for Official Languages – 2018-2023: Investing in Our Future. The AJEFO also acknowledges the financial support of The Law Foundation of Ontario.

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For more information:

Ms. Charlotte Calen, Communications Manager
Centre d’information juridique de l’Ontario | Ontario Legal Information Centre
613-842-7462, ext. 229 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
@InfoJuridiqueON |@LegalInfoON

Ottawa, May 9, 2019 – Today, along with its community partners, the Legal Information Centre unveiled its new offices. The Centre is growing in order to meet the ever-growing demand for legal information services in Ontario. 

Since its grand opening in 2015, the Centre has served more than 9,000 Ontario residents through free telephone or in-person consultations with its lawyers. With a larger office space and an increase in human resources, the Centre will be able to help more people in a shorter amount of time.   

Among the guests at the event were Mr. Marc Smith, treasurer for the AJEFO, and Mr. Paul Le Vay, who was President of the AJEFO when the Centre was created. They reminded those in attendance of the importance of these services in order to improve access to justice. The Honourable Marc Labrosse, Superior Court of Ontario Justice, spoke of the strong support from the staff at the Ottawa Court House who refers many people to the Centre.

Nearly 3,000 people accessed the Centre’s services over the past year. 

We hope that anyone facing legal issues will find support and guidance at the Centre. It is of utmost importance that our services continue to be offered to as many people as possible, without any admissibility criteria and in both official languages”, explained Ms. Alexandra Waite, Acting Executive Director of the AJEFO and of the Centre. 

Overview of statistics for 2018-2019:

·        1 out of 4 of individuals served resided outside of Ottawa

·        24.29% were francophone

·        61.16% were anglophone

·        52.29% of individuals served had a yearly income below $30,000

·        82.81% of individuals served did not have a lawyer

    

 “We would like to thank our contributors, our community and government partners and the Department of Justice Canada, as well as the Law Foundation of Ontario for its support in the expansion of the Centre’s services”, stated Ms. Nadia Effendi, President of the AJEFO. 

 

The Centre offers a free 30-minute meeting with a lawyer to anyone facing a legal issue. The lawyer provides legal information and steers Ontarians toward the appropriate local and provincial resources. Information, referral and support services are offered in English and in French, in person or by telephone, on a confidential basis.

The Ottawa Legal Information Centre is an initiative of the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO). The AJEFO would like to thank the Department of Justice Canada for its financial support by means of the Action Plan for Official Languages – 2018-2023: Investing in Our Future. The AJEFO also acknowledges the financial support of the Law Foundation of Ontario and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.

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For more information:

Ms. Mathilde Hountchégnon, Communications Manager

Ontario Legal Information Centre |Centre d’information juridique de l’Ontario

613-842-7462 ext. 229 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

@InfoJuridiqueON |@LegalInfoON