The Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic is a community based legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario which provides free legal services to low income, non-English speaking clients from the Chinese, Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian communities in Toronto. We are non-profit and are independent from the government. Our Clinic is overseen by a volunteer community-based Board of Directors.
In addition to providing direct legal services, we empower the communities we serve through public legal education. Over the years, many people have attended our education workshops and have received the multi-lingual brochures we produce on various areas of the law.
Advocating for law reform is another priority of our Clinic. Our Clinic has been involved in test case litigation, organizing grassroots campaigns, and making numerous submissions to all levels of government and to international human rights bodies to advance the rights of our clients and the broader communities of disadvantaged groups.
The Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic is operated by five full-time staff members, each of whom speak at least one of the following languages: Cantonese, Mandarin and Vietnamese. Two of our staff members are lawyers, two are community legal workers and one is the office manager.
Our Board of Directors
We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected by our members. Our Board of Directors is chosen to reflect the diverse communities we serve. They oversee the administration and policies of the Clinic and ensure the Clinic’s services remain relevant to the needs of the communities.
We are funded by Legal Aid Ontario (LAO). LAO has a website, http://www.legalaid.on.ca which contains information about other legal clinics and legal aid services. The funding for this website is also provided by LAO.