An Analysis of Immigration and Refugee Law Services in Canada

COVERAGE OF IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE LAW ISSUES
Stage Activity Legal Aid Coverage by Province
B.C. Alta. Man. Ont. Que. Nfld.
Port of Entry S. 20 Admissibility Interviews No No No No No No
Eligibility Determinations No No No Yes No No
Inland Claims S. 27 Inland Violations of the Act No Yes* Yes$ No Yes Yes#
Eligibility Determinations No Yes* No Yes No No
Convention Refugee Determination Personal information form preparation Yes Yes* Yes Yes Yes Yes
Determination Hearings (preparation and attendance) Yes Yes* Yes Yes Yes Yes
Other Hearings (preparation and attendance) Yes Yes* Yes Yes Yes Yes
Immigration Appeals Appeals Yes Yes* Yes Yes# Yes Yes#
Adjudication Immigration Inquiries Yes Yes* Yes No Yes Yes#
Detention Hearings (first and other instances) Yes Yes* Yes Yes Yes Yes
Humanitarian/ Compassionate Applications Yes Yes* Yes Yes# No Yes#
PDRCC Applications Yes Yes* No No No No
Danger Opinions* Submissions to the Minister No Yes* No Yes No Yes
Federal Court Judicial Review and Appeals Yes Yes* Yes Yes Yes Yes
Supreme Court Appeals Yes Yes* Yes Yes Yes Yes
International Tribunals Appeals No Yes* No Yes No No

* In Alberta, the extension of legal aid coverage in all of these areas is subject to the submission of a favourable legal opinion by a private bar legal aid lawyer.
$ Coverage is provided only when there is an accompanying criminal charge.
# Respondents described the availability of coverage for cases in these areas as discretionary.

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