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LEGAL AID WORKER

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Hiring Organization  Legal Aid Ontario
Post Name  LEGAL AID WORKER
Qualification  LLB
Industry  Private
Employment Type  Full Time
Work Hours  8 Hours
Salary  CAD 50515 To CAD 75404 Per Year
 Location   Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 2C2

Legal Aid Ontario employees are committed to making a difference in the lives of our clients.

As an integral partner in the Justice system, working at Legal Aid Ontario is more than just a job. It’s an opportunity to help people who need it the most; to ensure each client receives the access to justice afforded to them under the law.


If you are looking for a new challenge in your already meaningful career with a team dedicated to justice, and innovation in a flexible and supportive work environment consider this opportunity below.

Primary function

This position is responsible for supporting the District Offices by advancing a client’s legal matter. The LAW will work under the direct supervision of a lawyer manager who will assess complex and high-risk cases and will have decision-making authority in immigration and refugee, criminal, and family matters.

The LAW will review financial and legal information with clients and provide them with procedural information and referrals. The LAW will provide directors, managers, and staff lawyers with the details of the client’s legal matter. The LAW will assist with reporting and collecting data as required.

Reporting to: Manager, Certificate Services, GTA Centralized Services Office

Legal Aid Ontario has a COVID-19 vaccination policy that requires all staff to be fully vaccinated with a Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine or undergo regular testing. Individuals with valid medical or other human rights-based exemptions will be considered for appropriate accommodation within the policy.

Key Accountabilities

  • Review and determine financial eligibility of complex case files, including big case management.
  • Assist in managing mid-level and big case files in coordination with other LAO departments; determine financial eligibility for complex matters, as necessary
  • Co-ordinate decision-making with other LAO departments, such as Investigations, Case Management(PCMO), etc
  • Implement performance measures in order to track certificate savings
  • Provide general information, including procedural legal information, by responding to in-person, written, and phone inquiries from lawyers, clients, and other legal system partners, on the status of applications, appeals, and referrals.
  • Perform client and certificate file management activities, including providing clients with information related to legal aid and court proceedings, and authorizations on family and criminal law matters
  • Support panel management through issues reviews and report any issues to the director’s General.
  • Support appeal processes, including making entitlement decisions based on LAO’s financial eligibility and policy criteria and preparation of files for the Eligibility Review Office and PCMO(Internal appeals)
  • Prepare payment agreements, Directions, certificates, forms, and correspondence
  • Outreach work with stakeholders, including clinics and other community agencies to promote and expand service co-ordination opportunities
  • In-custody application and client intake through the video process
  • Provide feedback to the Director on significant trends in certificate management with respect to legal and financial issues
  • Perform other duties as required

Required skills & experience

  • Advanced writing skills
  • Advanced knowledge of PeopleSoft
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and interview skills
  • Solid understanding of processes, rules, and practice directions for all levels of court;
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation;
  • Detailed functional and theoretical knowledge of legal aid application rules and procedures, including Section 30 process, legal and financial eligibility criteria, and LAO policies and practices.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other departments, districts, and offices.
  • Legal workers experience an asset
  • French is an asset

To apply submit a cover letter & résumé. This position is represented by OPSEU and the employee will be governed by the provisions of the collective agreement and union dues will be deducted bi-weekly from the date of hire


Only those candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

Please note that all applicants are encouraged to provide a valid email address for communication purposes. Applicants may receive written correspondence regarding this job posting directly to the email address provided on their resume or to the one used to set up their Candidate Profile if applying on Njoyn. As an applicant, it is your responsibility to ensure that you check your email regularly.

First time applying to LAO? You will need to create a profile AND then apply for the position. Already have a Njoyn account? Just sign in and select “my jobs” to apply. Once you have successfully applied you will receive a confirmation email.

Legal Aid Ontario values integrity, respect, responsiveness, excellence, independence, accountability, openness, and consistency. Our recruitment process reflects our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Accommodations are available upon request.

Legal Aid Ontario encourages applicants from equity-seeking groups, including but not limited to individuals who are of First Nations, Inuit, or Métis descent, persons with disabilities, women, members of racialized communities, and the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

We recognize the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion and are committed to addressing systemic barriers and attracting and retaining a diverse staff. All interested and eligible people will be considered, with due consideration to all protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

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