National Canadian Lawyers' InitiativeLawyers giving back during life-changing times
This is the moment to significantly alter access to justice in Canada. The Covid-19 pandemic has been felt by every person and community in Canada and has catalysed change toward a universal system of access to justice. We are calling on all law students, recent law graduates, as well as experienced, recently retired lawyers – to step forward and help.
Thousands of Canadians urgently need help
Small business owners, freelancers, trades workers, farmers, artists, and professionals are struggling. People need help with reneged or about to be broken contracts, leases, loans, mortgages, lapsed or pending permits, employment rights and a myriad of complex legal obligations. The list is endless. People need expert direction, guidance, and legal support.
Mission & Purpose
Our mission is to ensure a universal system of access to justice. We aim to develop a virtual platform where access to internet equals access to justice. We will connect graduate lawyers, students and new lawyers to expert, seasoned (practicing or recently retired) lawyers so we can together provide urgently needed legal advice and guidance to those in need.
There are thousands in need. Our intention is this will be a national Not-for-Profit, with a defined project life of 10 months, with operations in all provinces. This is a once in everyone’s lifetime opportunity: your time, the law, our virtual platform, our country.
"I am calling on all law school alumni, friends, fellow lawyers, and everyone in their networks, to step up and make this happen. Service is what we owe to our families, our fellow citizens, and our nation."
– Alex Don | President, NCLI
"Saving lives and saving livelihoods. . . is the key to defeating the pandemic. We need to act together. It is a moment testing out humanity."
– Kristalina Georgieva | Managing Director, IMF
"The future of our economy and our country relies on the opportunities and support we provide to Canadian students today. To promote a sustainable economic recovery, we need a strong workforce and good job opportunities for young people. That means giving them the support they need to continue their studies and encouraging them to serve their communities. Together, we will get through this difficult time.”
– Justin Trudeau | Prime Minister of Canada
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We have established a donation fund to help us finance and launch the National Canadian Lawyers’ Initiative. Your contribution will allow us to provide free legal advice and services to those affected by the COVID19 pandemic and economic shut down. Donate today to support NCLI.
News & Stories
So much about the legal system can feel unattainable. If it’s not the process of finding a great lawyer, it’s paying the price of a great lawyer. For business owners and Canadians across the country affected by the halted economy, finding legal aid has been...
Legal problem with landlords, loans, contracts or employee rights? A new, free service offers access to lawyers who can help
Lawyer Alex Don initially got the idea to form a network of legal professionals offering free advice to people in the face of the COVID-19 lockdowns in March.
Burlington native forms what he thinks can become a national program to aid people who need guidance finding the right legal help
The National Canadian Lawyers Initiative (NCLI), which currently has an office in Burlington, was founded on April 28 and received approval from the Law Society of Ontario to provide pro bono legal service on May 14.