Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services (NALSC) Legal Aid issues legal aid certificates to Band members of NAN. If you are a Band member of NAN, you must be financially eligible and their legal matter must be covered by Legal Aid Ontario (LAO).

NALSC Legal Aid abides by the LAO guidelines in determining the financial eligibility of a person applying for legal aid.

If you are eligible and face a serious legal matter, you can apply for a free legal aid certificate through Legal Aid Ontario’s certificate program.

Depending on your income, you may need to make monthly payments towards the cost of some or all of your legal fees.

To find out if you qualify for a certificate, your legal problem has to be one that is covered by LAO. You will also need to take a financial test to see if your gross income from all sources is within the range of this chart:

Certificate eligibility

April  1, 2018, to March 31, 2019

Step 1: Certificate eligibility thresholds

You will likely qualify if your annual gross family income is lower than column 1. If it is higher, move to Step 2.

Step 2: Contribution agreement

Monthly payments may be required if your annual gross family income is higher than column 1, but lower than column 2

Number of Family Members Step 1: Income Step 2: Income For Domestic Violence, Gross Family
1 $14,453 $16,728 $22,270
2 $25,003 $30,110 $32,131
3 $28,503 $35,088 $39,352
4 $32,207 $40,307 $45,440
5+ $35,749 $45,446 $50,803
Single Boarders $9,501 $10,973 N/A

The Chart and information is also available on the Legal Aid Ontario website.