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.

Read the Connecting Project progress report