Effective April 1, 2015, a new increase of financial eligibility for legal aid services comes into effect.

For Legal Aid Certificates:

Family size Annual gross income
Nov. 1, 2014 April 1, 2015 April 1, 2016
1 $11,448 $12,135 $12,863
2 $19,805 $20,993 $22,253
3 $22,577 $23,932 $25,367
4 $25,511 $27,042 $28,664
5+ $28,317 $30,016 $31,817

Certificates can be obtained for the following services:

  • Criminal charges with the likelihood of a jail sentence
  • Complicated or serious family law matters
  • Immigration and refugee matters

For Duty Counsel Services:

Family size Annual gross income
Nov. 1, 2014 April 1, 2015 April 1, 2016
1 $19,080 $20,225 $21,438
2 $28,620 $30,337 $32,131
3 $32,860 $34,832 $36,921
4 $39,220 $41,573 $44,068
5+ $45,580 $48,315 $50,803

Duty counsel services include:

  • Giving advice about legal rights, obligations and the court process
  • Providing assistance in the courtroom for bail hearings and sentencing
  • Assist with diversion, guilty pleas and adjournments
  • Review or prepare court documents to be filed

For Clinical Services:

FAMILY SIZE ANNUAL GROSS INCOME
NOV. 1, 2014 APRIL 1, 2015 APRIL 1, 2016
1 $16,748 $17,753 $18,818
2 $19,398 $20,562 $21,796
3 $22,684 $24,045 $25,488
4 $27,083 $28,708 $27,572
5 $45,580 $48,315 $30,430

FOR A MORE DETAILED LIST AND ELIGIBILITY PLEASE REFER TO LAO’S WEBPAGE HERE.