A Profile of Legal Aid Services in Family Law Matters in Canada

2. Description of family law legal aid services in Canada (continued)

2. Description of family law legal aid services in Canada (continued)

2.14 Summary

The descriptive information dealing with service delivery models and financial eligibility contained in this chapter is summarized in Table 1. Most jurisdictions use a mixed model to deliver family legal aid services. Jurisdictions using primarily a staff model include Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Yukon and Nunavut. A primarily judicare model is used in Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia, and the Northwest Territories.

Table 1 also contains the annual income cut-off for financial eligibility for family legal aid for a single person. Caution should be used in interpreting these amounts since some jurisdictions use additional financial criteria. However, with the exceptions of Newfoundland and Québec, which have very low income cut-offs, the cut-offs are comparable for jurisdictions where this information was available.

A comparison of family law matters dealt with by each jurisdiction is provided in Section 3., Table 3.

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