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Legal aid is provided free of charge (also called gratuitous legal aid) if the applicant’s situation fits the eligibility criteria established by the Act respecting legal aid and the provision of certain other legal services and the Regulation respecting legal aid.

Eligibility criteria

  • Annual income - all sources of income: CSST, tips, etc.
  • Family situation - spouse, children, etc.
  • Value of certain assets - house, RRSP, etc.
  • Liquid assets - savings, investments, etc.

Any person who receives a benefit, other than a speciel benefit, under a last resort financial assistance program provided for by the Individual and Family Assistance Act or any member of a family receiving such a benefit is deemed financially eligible for a gratuitous legal aid.

Am I eligible for free legal aid?

Only the Legal Aid Office closest to the place of residence of the person applying can determine if someone is eligible.

For the period of January 1st to December 31st, 2015, the financial eligibility scales for free legal aid are as follows:

Annual income schedule (gross)*

Single person16 306 $
Adult and one child19 948 $
Adult and two or more children21 296 $
Spouses22 691 $
Spouses and one child25 389 $
Spouses and two or more children26 737 $



 




*In some remote regions, the amounts in the table above are increased by 20%.



SERVICES REQUIRING A CONTRIBUTION


 

 A person eligible for contributory legal aid is entitled to legal services upon payment of a contribution of between $100.00 and $800.00 toward the cost of services, depending on his or her situation. With this type of legal aid, it is possible to know the cost of the legal services in advance.

 Determining financial eligibility

In determining an applicant's eligibility, the income, property and liquidities of the applicant and his spouse are taken into account. The Regulation respecting legal aid sets out a scale for each of these elements. When the property scale or liquidities scale is exceeded, deemed income is computed by adding an amount equal to 100% of the excess liquidities and 10% of the excess property to the maximum amount of income giving the right to gratuitous legal aid according to family size and excess income. The deemed income may entitle the applicant to legal aid in consideration for the payment of a contribution. The contribution is calculated in increments of $100, up to a maximum of $800, according to a scale. It must be paid within 15 days following the date of issuance of the certificate of eligibility, but it can be paid by way of staggered instalments over a maximum period of 6 months if the director general of the community legal centre allows it.

Have you checked if you are eligible?

Only the Legal Aid Office closest to the place of residence of the person applying can determine if he or she is eligible.

For the period January 1st to December 31st, 2015, the eligibility scales for contributory legal aid are as follows:

Annual income schedule (gross)*

Single person16 307 $ to 26 309 $
Adult and one child19 948 $ to 32 185 $
Adult and two or more children21 297 $ to 34 360 $
Spouses22 692 $ to 36 616 $
Spouses and one child25 390 $ to 40 965 $
Spouses and two or more children26 738 $ to 43 141 $







*In some remote regions, the amounts in the table above are increased by 20%.

The contribution can be spread over several instalments. If the actual cost of services required is less than expected, the contribution may be partially refunded.

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