Continued funding for immigration and refugee legal aid

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 to the end of the 2017/18 fiscal year (March 31, 2018).

The two levels of government continue to discuss funding for the 2018/19 fiscal year. LSS has provided them with an analysis of the anticipated demand for immigration and refugee services in 2018/19 which indicates that a significant increase to the base funding of $1.9 million will be needed. Funding for 2018/19 will probably not be resolved until early 2019.