New Legal Aid Ontario mediation initiative

woman's hands holding cellphone and on laptop keyboardLegal Aid Ontario is launching a pilot project in which it will cover the cost of a family lawyer to support clients who choose mediation. Mediation clients in the pilot communities (Brampton, Toronto, Scarborough, Etobicoke, North York, Kingston, Sudbury, Simcoe, Owen Sound, Milton, Muskoka, London, Kitchener and Hamilton) can call LAO’s toll-free number (1-800-668-8258) to find out if they qualify for up to 6 hours with a lawyer who can assist the client before, during and after entering into any legal agreement based on mediaton.

Clients will be able to receive legal advice about the mediation process and assistance in preparing for mediation as well as information about other options available to them. The lawyer can also assist the client to obtain a court order or binding agreement to enforce the terms of the mediation agreement.