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Additional federal funding for immigration and refugee legal aid

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. LSS announced last month it would stop taking applications for immigration and refugee services effective August 1, 2017, due to a lack of funding to keep up with increased demand.

The new funding allows LSS to maintain services until November 2017 and federal-provincial discussions regarding immigration and refugee legal aid in BC are concluded.

“Refugees are an extremely vulnerable group. Many have faced persecution and torture and they need help to navigate our complex legal system,” said Mark Benton, QC, Chief Executive Officer of the Legal Services Society. “This new funding demonstrates the federal government’s commitment to helping those who need our support and assistance.”

The need for increased funding is the result of the global refugee crisis, which resulted in a 145 percent increase in legal aid refugee cases at LSS over the past three years. The new funding is necessary at this time because LSS, unlike other legal aid plans, cannot reallocate funding from other services to cover a deficit in immigration services.

[Update] LSS will no longer accept applications for immigration and refugee cases effective August 1, 2017

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.

Hot off the press: Need Help with Your Refugee Claim
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We’ve reprinted the Spanish version of Need Help with Your Refugee Claim? infocard and translated the card into three new languages: Dari, Kurdish, and Pashto. It’s also available in French. All versions are available in print and online. This card promotes legal aid services for refugees. It highlights the LSS immigration phone service and intake hours at the Vancouver legal aid office.