Legal Services for not-for-profit organizations

Community Legal Clinic ‚ Simcoe, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes is one of 80+ legal clinics in Ontario that offers a variety of legal services which include; client counselling, client representation, public education seminars, law reform and community development. Funded by Legal Aid of Ontario, their services are largely free of charge for low-income residents. They are mandated to increase access to legal services and to promote the legal well-being of the community, either through the delivery of direct legal services or engaging in law reform and/or community education. They are committed to adapting their services to meet community needs and working with individuals, groups and service providers to improve legal rights and promote access to justice.

The Clinic provides legal assistance for not-for-profit organizations
The Clinic’s Community Economic Development Project (CED) is dedicated to providing pro bono support to community organizations working with marginalized people in our society, particularly people who live in poverty. The goal of CED is to help community organizations tap into and leverage the resources of the private bar and other members of the profession to promote access to justice. CED lawyers will provide legal expertise to community-based groups that cannot afford to hire a lawyer; and, in return, these lawyers have opportunities to make pro bono contributions by volunteering their special skills.

Which organizations are eligible for the Clinic's CED assistance?
Institutions may take such forms as housing development corporations, business firms, credit unions, co-operatives and community development corporations (CDC's). They may also include organizations or services that upgrade the human and social environment in ways that increase the economic value and energy of the community.

What is the cost?
CED lawyers work for free, however it will be your responsibility to pay any incidental charges such as photocopying, filing fees, etc. (disbursements).

What type of legal service can be provided?
Non- profit groups may receive advice and/or assistance with respect to incorporation, board governance, taxation issues, human resources including employment law, and a wide range of legal issues that these groups may face.

What will a CED lawyer do for our organization?
It varies by case. The Clinic lawyer will discuss with you the extent of their involvement in your case at the first meeting.
If your group is a not-for-profit organization and you are in need of legal advice, you may qualify for CED assistance.

Jody Maltby, Project Administrator for the Central East Region
1-800-461-8953 1-800-461-8953 ext. 31