Law for the People
SCLS was founded in 1981 as a community legal clinic to provide "poverty law" services. Poverty law includes work in areas of law that are particularly important for low income people.
We have on staff:
- Community Legal Workers
- Intake Workers
- Support staff
We are run by a volunteer Board of Directors elected by members of the community. Our funding comes from Legal Aid Ontario, an agency that handles the funding for all legal aid services in the province. The community legal clinics are independent corporations that decide their own priorities for service, and are able to advocate for people who are fighting government decisions such as a denial of disability benefits.
For many years SCLS has primarily worked to assist people with tenancy problems or income support issues. The demand for services in these areas was so great that we focused our efforts there in order to best serve our community. We are pleased to report that recently the Ontario government provided more funding to expand legal aid services. Because Scarborough is one of the communities with the least poverty law resources, our clinic received new permanent funding. Therefore as of 2016 we are able to also provide help for people with employment and/or immigration legal issues.
Report on our Work in 2016
For a more detailed description of the legal services we have provided, and our significant accomplishments in the past year, see the annual report in the link below.