Thanks to discussions between the federal and provincial governments, the Legal Services Society has received a commitment for additional immigration and refugee funding that will ensure the continuation of services through the end of our fiscal year (March 31, 2018). Earlier this year, continuation of these services was in question due to a lack of funding to keep up with the increased demand.
We would like to thank everyone who took time to bring this important issue to the attention of elected officials, the media, and other influential organizations. Your efforts made legal aid and refugees a topic of public debate and have helped the Legal Services Society get additional funding to help those who are most in need of assistance as they try to start a new life in Canada.
The two levels of government continue to discuss funding for the 2018/2019 fiscal year. LSS has provided them with an analysis of the anticipated demand for immigration and refugee services, which indicates that a significant increase to our funding will be needed to provide these services for the entire year.