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The Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario (ACLCO) is the representative body of Ontario's community legal aid clinics. / L'Association des Cliniques Juridiques Communautaires de L'Ontario (ACJCO) est un organisme représentant des cliniques juridiques communautaires.

Learn More about the ACLCO link Learn more about the ACLCO

Link to Statement of Principles Statement of Principles

As lawyers working for the ACLCO, we are proud to stand by the follwing principles: [read more]

Find a Community Legal Clinic linkFind a Community Legal Clinic near you.



What's New


2017 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report: Together Making the Equal Rights Dream a Reality (cover image)

The ACLCO is pleased to publish its 2017 Annual Report, "Together Making the Equal Rights Dream a Reality" intended to showcase the fine work done in our community legal clinics [more]



Annual General Meeting

Oakham House, RyersonU

The 21st Annual General Meeting & Conference is coming up on May 25-26th at Oakham House, featuring two days of important board and staff training and ACLCO business focused on the theme of "Building on our Successes".

Members can access conference materials in the Members area.



2017 Sydney B. Linden Award goes to Grace Plucino

Grace Pluchino February 22, 2018

Grace Pluchino, a community legal worker at the forefront of tenants' rights for the past 30 years, is this year's recipient of the Sidney B. Linden Award given by Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) to honour exceptional individuals who help low-income Ontarians in the pursuit of access to justice.

In a nomination jointly made by the community legal clinics in Rexdale, Downsview, South Etobicoke and Willowdale, Ms. Pluchino was lauded for her work in tenant advocacy on a corporate level—she had led several campaigns to pressure the Toronto Community Housing Corporation to live up to their standards over a 20 year period, speaking out with the City of Toronto's ombudsman and board and with Toronto city council—and on a personal level, getting clients assistance with groceries, cleaning and moving.

"I am honored to be the first non-lawyer to be given the Sidney B. Linden Award," says Ms. Pluchino. "I'm proud of the work legal clinics and community agencies have done together to continue to ensure that everyone has a place to call home."

LAO's chair, John McCamus, notes that legal aid clinics in Ontario offer public legal education, community development and law reform as well as individual case work.

"Working in legal aid clinics requires someone who is not only intelligent and willing to serve others, but someone with compassion, determination and a drive to help clients." McCamus says. "Grace Pluchino is a stellar example of what a community legal worker can achieve in a lifetime of dedicated work at a clinic."

Ann McRae, Director of Legal Services at Rexdale Community Legal Clinic, adds, "In the best tradition of legal aid clinics, Grace has used her experience 'in the trenches' to foster community development. With her clinic colleagues, Grace has been involved in projects to educate tenants about their rights and to coach clients to help themselves when legal resources were scarce. With public housing clients, Grace succeeded in getting the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, as Toronto's largest landlord, to improve its processes and demonstrate greater accountability to its tenants."

LAO honoured Ms. Pluchino in a ceremony in Toronto on February 22, 2018.

About the award

LAO's Sidney B. Linden Award recognizes exceptional individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to helping low-income Ontarians in the pursuit of access to justice. The award has been presented to ten recipients previously: Ryan Peck, Bob Richardson, William A. (Bill) Sullivan, Fergus J. (Chip) O'Connor, Peter G. Kirby, Michael Bossin, Barbara Jackman, J. Robert Kellermann, Paul Copeland, and the late Dianne Martin.


2016 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report: Together Making the Equal Rights Dream a Reality (cover image)

The ACLCO is pleased to publish its 2016 Annual Report, "Together Making the Equal Rights Dream a Reality" intended to showcase the fine work done in our community legal clinics [more]



Community Development Announcement

Survey Results

October 2016 - Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) and the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario (ACLCO) have created a joint working group to develop strategies that will help clinics do more community development and community organizing at the local level. Read the announcement here in English ou en français



Membership Survey Results

Survey Results

In July 2016, the ACLCO surveyed members about its services. We are pleased to share the results with you. Click here to download the document (PDF).



New Digs!

55 University Ave, Toronto

The ACLCO is finally in our permanent, new offices on the 14th floor at 55 University Avenue, Toronto. Please drop by and check out our new digs!

If you are sending items in the mail to us, please note our new address on the Contact Us page.



Annual General Meeting

Oakham House, RyersonU

The 19th annual Annual General Meeting & Conference was held May 27-28th at Oakham House, featuring two days of important board and staff training and ACLCO business focused on the them of "New Beginnings".

Members can access conference materials in the Members area.

Legal Aid Ontario's CEO David Field brought greetings to us and we are pleased be able to share his remarks. [View the Video]



Annual Report

2015 Annual Report: Together Making the Equal Rights Dream a Reality (cover image)

The ACLCO is pleased to publish its first Annual Report, "Together Making the Equal Rights Dream a Reality" intended to showcase the fine work done in our community legal clinics [more]



Community Legal Clinic
Transformation Projects

Community Legal Clinics across Ontario are engaged in projects to improve client services, tackle access to justice issues in their communities and streamline operations. These projects are as unique as the communities they serve. Read more about these exciting initiatives.



The Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario is proud to announce the release of a first-ever Strategic Plan for Ontario’s Community Legal Clinic system. Click Here



On Friday September 21st, 2012 the ACLCO hosted a live presentation entitled “A Practical Clinic Perspective on Mergers and Hubs – The Hamilton and Rexdale Experiences." To view the presentation Click Here


Community Legal Clinics in Ontario: Ensuring access to justice

ACLCO releases in partnership with its member clinics a new information booklet profiling the clinic system, what it does, and the impact on the clients it serves. Disponible en français.

Please Note: Due to the large file size this document may take some time to download.