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More eligible for legal aid in Ontario

Wednesday, April 05, 2017 @ 12:43 PM | By John Chunn

Legal Aid Ontario raised the income threshold for eligibility for legal aid by six per cent on April 1, enabling 144,000 more Ontarians to qualify for assistance.

Ontario’s 2014 budget committed to increasing the eligibility threshold by six per cent over multiple years. This increase has allowed Legal Aid Ontario to expand access to its services in areas such as family, immigration, refugee, mental health, criminal and poverty law.

The financial threshold for a single applicant without dependants rose from 2016’s $12,863 in gross annual income to $13,635 in gross annual income for 2017. That is far below Statistics Canada's 2014 estimated poverty line of almost $25,000 for a single person living in a metropolitan area.