Pro Bono Ontario (PBO) bridges the gap between lawyers who want to donate their services and low-income Ontarians whose legal problems don’t attract government funding. Our goal is to harness the resources of individual lawyers, law firms, law associations and legal departments to address the unmet legal problems that interfere with low-income Ontarians’ ability to lead secure, healthy and productive lives.
PBO implements this mission by:
- Developing and directly managing pro bono programs that address unmet legal needs;
- Providing strategic consulting services and tailored technical assistance to third parties engaged in the provision of organized pro bono projects;
- Promoting the private bar’s role in the overall delivery of legal services in Ontario.
Since 2001, PBO has helped more than 100,000 clients who had nowhere else to turn.
- Operates three court-based centres and a province wide toll-free service for low-income self-represented litigants who have nowhere else to turn.
- Offers a continuum of services ranging from procedural information to full representation before the Small Claims Court, Superior Court, Court of Appeal, Federal Court and Supreme Court of Canada.
- Addresses legal problems that impact children’s health and well-being through medical-legal partnerships in five children’s hospitals.
- Helps children who are being bullied, unfairly excluded from school or unable to access special education services.
- Strengthens Ontario’s charitable and non-profit sector by engaging corporate lawyers from firms and legal departments to resolve their business law problems.