Update: The Legal Services Society has received confirmation that the federal government will provide additional funding to ensure continued legal aid services for immigrants and refugees.
Effective August 1, 2017, the Legal Services Society will no longer accept applications for immigration and refugee cases due to a lack of funding. The global refugee crisis has resulted in a 145 percent increase in refugee cases over the past three years. Funding for refugee services, which is provided by the federal government, has, however, not kept up with demand. LSS must stop issuing new contracts for immigration and refugee services on August 1 to ensure it has enough money to pay for those contracts that have already been issued. For more information see our FAQ.