Legal Aid Ontario has launched a new program to help immigration detainees


On March 16, 2021, Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), an organization providing help for financially eligible low‑income Ontarians, published a news release about the launch of the new program three years program aimed at helping immigration detainees to obtain legal representation. The Immigration Detention Representation Program (IDRP) allows immigration detainees to get an attorney in their detention review hearings free of charge. The duration of the IDRP is for one year. In December 2020, LAO also announced the increase of hours available on legal aid certificates by up to three hours of preparation time for each detention review hearing, in addition to the time spent in the hearing.