The Law Foundation of Ontario had made grants to support hundreds of organizations and projects that are advancing access to justice. Click on the story titles to read about the inspiring work of our grantees.
That’s Not Fair!: New book helps children understand their rights and freedoms
That’s Not Fair!: New book helps children understand their rights and freedoms As soon as children can say “that’s not fair!”, they’re ready to think critically about what it means…
Network provides holistic approach to helping clients
Connecting Ottawa is a unique project model, initiated and funded by The Law Foundation of Ontario. It is a network of more than 50 frontline service agencies that operate in a wide variety of sectors, such as the legal, health, immigration, and social services. By working together, these organizations can better address clients’ legal issues.
Free legal help to resettle Syrian refugees
Lifeline Syria and the Refugee Sponsorship Support Program work together to provide private sponsors with free legal services to help them navigate the refugee sponsorship process.
Legal services for Indigenous peoples experiencing discrimination
Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres and the Human Rights Legal Support Centre deliver trainings to Friendship Centre staff to promote access to legal services for Indigenous people experiencing discrimination.
Youth use media to educate and empower
Youth & the Law participants learn about and create TV and radio talk shows and dramas about issues such as landlord and tenant, copyright, education, child protection, sexual assault and human rights.
Promising Young People bringing restorative justice
The Promising Young People program brings the restorative justice approach to young people within schools and youth centres to help them find better ways to apply the law and find better remedies.
Making Law School Accessible for Aboriginal Peoples
The Native Law Centre at the University of Saskatchewan offers legal education, skills instruction and financial support to Aboriginal students from across the country who have been admitted to law school.
In Support of Diversity
“Diversity” has many complexities and nuances. We profile three distinct grant projects to illustrate some of the less frequently recognized aspects of diversity as it relates to law and the legal profession.
Creating a Just and Supportive Environment for Refugee Claimants
Adapting to a new country, culture and language can be challenging under the best of circumstances. For refugees who have lost everything fleeing violence and oppression, a complex immigration process can seem insurmountable.
Making Friends with the Justice System
The People’s Law School works to make sure we all know and can exercise our legal rights. Its Justice Theatre group developed two interactive plays about cyberbullying and hate crimes and took the plays to 23 communities.
A Significant Change for Klemtu
Klemtu is a very remote and isolated island community on the central coast of BC. Legal advocate Anne Fletcher’s support in helping with Legal Aid applications and building local capacity in this area has made a significant difference.
Overcoming Barriers: The Mentorship Initiative for Foreign Trained Professionals
Even with the experience of 21 years as a lawyer in Pakistan, Akbar Durrani faced many barriers to the Canadian workforce. Then he received help from the Mentoring Initiative for Foreign Trained Professionals.
Seeing Wrongs Put Right
It was the loan of the book The Trial of Steven Truscott that sparked Susannah Chung’s interest in miscarriages of justice, and ultimately led her to complete her articles with the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted.
Advancing Social Justice for Women
Silmi Abdullah’s experience articling with METRAC re-affirmed her belief that lawyers have a tremendous responsibility to bridge the gap between the legal system and the broader community.
It’s the Commute That’ll Get You
Brian O’Neill studied law in Halifax and Victoria, but was drawn to one of Canada’s lesser-known coasts for his articles – to the Moosonee and Moose Factory offices of Keewaytinok Native Legal Services.