The Board governs the clinic, including acting as
the employer for all staff. While the Board does not engage in the
day-to-day management of clinic operations, it:
the administrative, personnel and financial management of
the clinic at monthly Board meetings
the clinic's casework and community work through
a multi-year strategic and annual action planning process
responsible for ongoing relations with Legal Aid Ontario and
other funding agencies, and for reporting and accounting for
responsible for overall policy development and governance and
the "vision" of the clinic
harmonious relations with staff, including negotiating with
the union that represents the non-lawyer staff
In its work with our funders, the Board helps to
ensure that funds received come without too many strings attached,
so we can do all the advocacy work we need to do both in individual
cases and in systemic law reform work.
Our clients sometimes ask us, rightly, "who pays
Clients often wonder how hard the clinic will
fight the government on their behalf, if that same government "pays"
the salaries of staff. The short answer to that question is that the
Board of Directors pays the staff's salaries and the clinic is
incorporated and independent of government. Although most of our
funding comes from Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), which is an independent corporation.
This site provides general information
only, specific to Ontario, Canada. It is NOT legal advice.
Please call us or a lawyer in your area for advice on your particular
situation. Visit the
Legal Aid Ontario site to find a clinic in your area.