Connecting Communities is a three-year pilot project funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario to improve access to legal information and services for those who don’t speak English or French or who live in rural and remote communities.
Connecting projects are developed through partnerships between legal and community agencies to train front-line community workers on legal education and referral. Your agency may be interested in creating a partnership between legal and community agencies to apply for a Connecting project. Read more about the project and the project criteria.
The Advisory Committee is made up of front-line service providers actively involved in community legal education. This group reviews and supports applications for projects.
Connecting Communities will create a province-wide network called the PLE Network. This will have an online component, and will provide a forum for discussion and learning for community and legal workers who are interested in community legal education and information.
Read more about Connecting Communities in the Ontario Lawyers Gazette, Summer 2011, Bridging Language and Distance for Greater Access to Justice.
Read more about three Connecting Communities projects that have been funded:
- Consumer Protection Education for Rural Ontario
- NewHome: Realizing Housing Rights in Non-Official Language Communities
- Reaching Out: Training on Employment Standards and Human Rights
For information about Connecting Communities contact Vivien Green, Project Manager, at 416-408-4420 ext. 835.