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Holiday Closure

North Peel & Dufferin Community Legal Services will be closed on Wednesday, November 11th for Remembrance. We will re-open on Thursday November12th.

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OUR SERVICES DURING THE PANDEMIC

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, our office building has been closed. Please do not come to our office as you will not be able to get in. Please telephone us at 905-455-0160 or email us at NpdInfo@lao.on.ca or use our online intake form on the Contact Us page of this website.

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Gay Pride Month

June is Pride month, a month long celebration for the LGBTTQ+ communities. Sadly, there will not be public parades or other demonstrations of support this year, due to COVID-19. However, there will still be on-line and physically distant celebrations! North Peel & Dufferin Community Legal Services offers a safe space for members of the Queer community and we wish everyone a joyful Pride Month.

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STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY WITH THE BLACK COMMUNITY

Many in Canada and elsewhere are protesting against anti-Black racism. Sparked by recent incidents, the protests have grown to encompass frustration over the continuing presence of racism in Canada and the lack of progress on this front. Canada has a long history of racism and systemic racism continues to be imbedded in our society.

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New Legal Aid Legislation

North Peel & Dufferin Community Legal Services is pleased that the new legal aid legislation introduced by Attorney General Doug Downey specifically recognizes the role of community legal clinics in protecting vulnerable members of our communities and providing them with critical legal services. We applaud the Attorney General for his leadership in announcing that funding cuts to legal aid planned for 2020-21 will not take place.

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Ford Government Review of Legal Aid and Funding Cuts

The Ontario government is conducting a review of legal aid services: the Legal Aid Modernization Project. We are proud of the service that we provide and welcome the opportunity to work with Legal Aid Ontario and the Ontario government to continue to improve the services provided by community legal clinics. However,

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Legal Clinic Takes Online Applications

We now have an intake form on our website. On the Contact Us page, click on the link for our intake form and you can make a request for assistance whenever suits you – not just during our open hours. On the form we also ask you when is a good time (or a bad time) to try to reach you and how you prefer to be contacted (phone,

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Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day!

We join with the indigenous peoples of Canada in celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, 2019. Our community legal clinic will be open on that day to serve our clients, including our indigenous clients. We will also be joining in the celebrations and recognizing the importance of this day.

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Future of Legal Clinics Uncertain

Ontario’s community legal clinics were notified of their 2019-20 funding by Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) on June 12, 2019. Most legal clinics, including North Peel & Dufferin Community Legal Services, had their funding reduced by a small amount (roughly 1% of total funding). Much deeper cuts are expected next year and the year after.

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