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A message from Legal Aid BC’s Board of Directors

Legal Aid BC’s Board of Directors advises that LABC CEO, Michael Bryant, will be leaving LABC effective Tuesday, April 9, 2024. The Board wishes him well in his next chapter.

People’s Law School Assumes Publication of Several Legal Aid Resources

Effective immediately, People’s Law takes over publishing essential information on welfare benefits, mortgage default, and sponsorship breakdown, formerly managed by Legal Aid BC.

$29 million legal aid expansion for people experiencing family violence

More people in B.C. will soon have access to legal aid services through a new family law clinic model and a significant expansion of legal aid eligibility criteria.

LABC Executive statement for Black History Month

Black Excellence, A Heritage to Celebrate; A Future to Build

CEO statement for National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

How can we accelerate our decolonization and Reconciliation work?

Minister of Justice Response to our CEO

The Minister of Justice’s response to a letter sent by Legal Aid BC CEO Michael Bryant in April, 2023.

Duty Counsel Day: Celebrating legal superheroes 

October 27 is Duty Counsel Day across Canada.

Legal Aid BC has increased financial eligibility guidelines 

Legal Aid BC has increased the amount someone can earn to receive legal aid. 

Legal aid service helps people find early resolutions to their criminal legal problems

Legal Aid BC’s expanded service focused on earlier resolutions for criminal cases has been evaluated and the results are in – it’s making a significant impact.

New, ongoing funding for Legal Aid BC welcome news

The Ministry of Attorney General has announced it is committing almost $7.5 million in new, ongoing annual funding for Legal Aid BC (LABC) services.

One-on-one help needed to achieve digital equity

A Legal Aid BC study finds digital legal resources may be effective for some, but not for others — especially for people who face fundamental barriers.

Legal Aid BC’s CEO receives award

LABC CEO Mark Benton, QC, received the President’s Award from the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice at its conference in Vancouver on November 182021.

LABC staff are elected to the Law Society Benchers

Legal Aid BC congratulates three staff lawyers on their election to the Law Society 

BC Attorney General and Chief Judge celebrate duty counsel

BC Attorney General David Eby and BC Provincial Court Chief Judge Melissa Gillespie celebrated the inaugural Duty Counsel Day on October 272021.

Truth and Reconciliation Day and Legal Aid BC

On September 30, Legal Aid BC will observe the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Legal aid for Fairy Creek protestors 

Legal Aid BC is providing legal aid for people facing criminal enforcement proceedings relating to the court injunction at Fairy Creek, or other criminal charges due to part

Legal Aid BC announces new CEO

Michael Bryant will be LABC’s next Chief Executive Officer, starting January 172022.

Duty Counsel Day: raising awareness of the impact of dedicated lawyers

Duty counsel are legal aid lawyers who make a difference in the lives of Canadians. Now there’s a day to celebrate them.

Distressing news from Kamloops

I know that many of you, like me, are disturbed by the discovery of unmarked graves at the former Residential School in Kamloops, in Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nati

LABC launches broad range of new services during first year of pandemic

Legal Aid BC continued to deliver legal aid services and introduced many new initiatives to support access to justice for British Columbians over the past year.