The Connecting Project
The Connecting Project is an innovative project aimed at improving access to legal information and services for two population groups:
- People who do not speak English or French
- People who live in rural or remote areas
The Connecting Project was created to implement recommendations in the Connecting Report. The Law Foundation of Ontario commissioned that report to examine barriers facing the two target groups. The full name of the report is “Connecting Across Language and Distance: Linguistic and Rural Access to Legal Information and Services”.
Through the Connecting Project, the Foundation:
- Provides Articling Fellowships for students who serve linguistic minorities in their own language or work in rural and remote areas.
- Improves the capacity of frontline workers at community organizations (such as settlement workers) to provide basic legal information and legal referrals.
- Enhances co-ordination at a regional level to ensure that clients receive continuous help as they address their legal issues.
- Supports training for language interpreters and legal service providers to improve the interpretation services provided to clients in the legal sector.
The Connecting Report
The Connecting Report was commissioned by The Law Foundation of Ontario after we identified the need for greater access to justice for linguistic minorities and rural or remote residents. Read the report.
Connecting Communities is a partnership of legal and community organizations with the aim to improve the capacity of frontline workers to provide basic legal information and referrals to their clients.
A Connecting Region program, Connecting Ottawa is a network of over 45 legal and social service agencies working together to improve access to justice for Ottawa residents who speak neither English nor French or who have communication impairments.
Connecting Legal Interpretation
The Training for Sign Language Interpreters program trains Deaf and American Sign Language interpreters to work with Deaf clients who have been victims of domestic violence.
Connecting Articling Fellowships
Connecting Articling Fellowships provide funding for articling placements at community legal clinics and legal aid offices in order to serves linguistic minorities in their own language or work in a rural or remote areas of Ontario.