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B.C. legal aid will cease to accept immigration, refugee applications as of August

Thursday, July 06, 2017 @ 7:27 AM | By Amanda Jerome

British Columbia’s Legal Services Society (LSS) has announced that it will no longer accept applications for immigration and refugee cases as of Aug. 1 due to lack of funding.

The federal government is responsible for funding immigration and refugee legal aid. According to the Legal Services Society, the federal government gives the B.C. government $900,000 annually for immigration legal aid which the province gives to the LSS, along with an additional $800,000, for a total of $1.7 million each year.

Based on current projections, LSS estimates...