Legal Aid Ontario continues its service delivery initiatives of diversifying LAO’s refugee service model by supporting community-based legal services.

LAO has selected the Rexdale Community Legal Clinic to run a yearly pilot project to provide refugee claimant’s with the full-time services of an in-house paralegal. During this pilot project, the Rexdale paralegal will work with the clinic’s refugee claimants under the supervision of two experienced refugee lawyer. It is expected that the licensed paralegal will:

  • interview refugee claimants
  • prepare Basis of Claim (BOC) forms
  • help claimants gather evidence (such as medical reports) to support their claim
  • file BOC forms with the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) of the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB)
  • prepare refugee claimants for hearings before the IRB
  • review files and supporting evidence
  • represent clients at hearings before the RPD of the IRB.

LAO will evaluate the initiative by the end of the pilot period.

For details about the Rexdale Community Legal Clinic, please click here.

For a more detailed description of the project, please click here.