Table 258-0007 12
Legal aid plan expenditures, by type of expenditure
annual (dollars x 1,000)


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by Type of expenditure; Geography= Canada
Legal aid plan expenditures, by type of expenditure, annual (dollars x 1,000)
Type of expenditure 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015
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Total legal aid plan expenditures 13 752,091 779,955 816,864 814,135 850,322
Direct legal aid service expenditures 14 619,149 645,328 676,240 665,005 686,337
Criminal legal aid matters 320,420 337,119 358,319 351,608 356,431
Civil legal aid matters 298,729 308,209 317,921 313,397 329,906
Central administrative expenditures 15 93,592 96,155 103,635 107,246 117,118
Other legal aid plan expenditures 16 39,350 33,141 36,989 41,884 46,867

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Data are based on the fiscal year (April 1st to March 31st). Figures are as of March 31. For further definition of terminology used in the table, consult the Legal Aid Survey: http://www23.statcan.gc.ca/imdb/p2SV.pl?Function=getSurvey&SDDS=3308&lang=en&db=imdb&adm=8&dis=2.
All historical data prior to 2002/2003 can be found in CANSIM table 258-0002 which is now archived.
While the Legal Aid Survey is a national survey, is important to note that, from year-to-year, some limitations on coverage of the survey exist and some legal aid plans may be unable to report all or some of the survey data elements. Due to these limitations, the Canada-level total may not include all provinces and territories. Coverage can be determined by selecting all provinces and territories in the geography category. The total categories reflect the total of all subcomponents, regardless of whether the subcomponent was reported to the Legal Aid Survey for the reference year.
Data for Prince Edward Island are not available for 2005/2006, 2008/2009 and 2009/2010. Prince Edward Island Legal Aid is administered directly by the province. There is no commission of administration office separate and apart from direct service offices. All legal aid staff are involved to some extent in direct services.
In 2002/2003, "other expenditures" in Nova Scotia included the Youth Court Support Workers Program, the cost of which was absorbed into the program in 2003/2004, and is no longer reported in this category. In 2014/2015, expenditures for Nova Scotia increased due to a salary increase which was retroactive for a five year period. The amount paid out during the 2014/2015 was $4.7 million.
Data for New Brunswick are not available for 2009/2010.
For Quebec, the breakdown between direct legal service and central administrative expenditures is estimated.
Ontario has 76 legal aid clinics that are independent, non-profit organizations funded by the legal aid plan. Staff lawyers and community legal workers at these clinics provide legal aid services primarily in "other" civil matters, particularly in the area of poverty law which includes, social assistance/income maintenance, landlord and tenant, workers' compensation, criminal injuries compensation, and refugee and immigration matters. A change in the method used to estimate this figure resulted in a one-time increase in direct legal services expenditures (affecting criminal and civil matters) of $33.6 million in 2005/2006. In 2014/2015, these clinics accounted for about 21% of total direct legal aid expenditures. Ontario's figure for direct legal aid expenditures includes an estimate for work done by private lawyers, but not billed to the legal aid plan by year-end.
The major change from 2009/2010 was due to an adjustment made in the previous year for an accrual for civil service pension and severance. Legal Aid Manitoba converted 23 staff positions from contract to civil service in the prior year.
Organizational structure and delivery of services changed in 2010/2011. Regional front line offices in Alberta were transformed into legal service centers providing information, brief services, expanded duty counsel and decisions for full certificate coverage. The creation of legal service centers resulted in realignment of direct legal services and central administration.
For the first time in 2002/2003, direct legal service staff expenditures for Northwest Territories are included in total direct legal aid expenditures rather than other program expenditures. Prior to 2005/2006, a breakdown of direct legal aid expenditures by type of matter is not available, but they are included in the figure for total expenditures. Legal aid expenditures for Northwest Territories are understated because certain costs that are included in their accounting model cannot be reported according to the survey definitions.
In 2009/2010, a breakdown of direct legal aid expenditures by type of matter is not available in Nunavut, but they are included in the figure for total expenditures. Data for Nunavut are not available for 2007/2008 and 2010/2011. Prior to 2010/2011, figures for legal aid expenditures were based on an accounting system administered by the Government of Nunavut Departments of Finance and Justice. In 2010/2011 a new accounting system was developed by a third-party accountant on behalf of the Legal Services Board (LSB) of Nunavut. Consequently, legal aid expenditures reported since 2010/2011 are not comparable to previous years.
Expenditures refer to the actual gross dollars expended by the legal aid plan in a given fiscal year. Expenditures made on behalf of the plan by other agencies are not included. The sum of the sub-components of total legal aid plan expenditures may not add to the total due to rounding.
Direct legal service expenditures are the sum of payments made to private law firms and the costs of legal service delivery by legal aid plan staff. These expenditures include monies spent on the provision of legal advice and representation services to clients including special target groups. All law office and contracted community clinic expenses are included (for example, staff salaries, benefits and overhead expenses). The expenditures can be for criminal or civil matters.
Central administrative expenditures include monies spent on legal aid head office functions and on offices that do not employ staff to advise and represent clients.
Other expenditures refer to any other monies expended by the legal aid plan and may include, among other things, capital expenditures.
Figures for Newfoundland and Labrador were revised for the reference period 2012/2013, as a result of a financial audit and therefore caution must be taken when comparing 2012/2013 data with previous years.

Source:  Statistics Canada. Table  258-0007 -  Legal aid plan expenditures, by type of expenditure, annual (dollars),  CANSIM (database). (accessed: )
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