Alberta Law Foundation Increases Funding To Legal Aid Alberta
Friday, October 07, 2011
The Alberta Law Foundation Board of Directors recently approved a change in the Foundation’s annual contribution to Legal Aid Alberta for the next three years. Under current legislation, LAA is entitled to receive an annual amount equal to 25% of the revenue received by the Foundation from interest earned on lawyers’ general trust accounts in the preceding year. At current historically low interest rates, this would amount to about $2 million a year, but is still expected to leave LAA with a cumulative deficit of almost $10 million by the end of its 2014 fiscal year.
The recent ALF approval will see the Foundation contributing the greater of $5.5 million and the 25% statutory requirement in each of 2011, 2012 and 2013. Based on current forecasts, this represents an increase in ALF funding of $3 to $3.5 million each year, or about $10 million over three years. The additional support will provide greater stability and predictability to the LAA revenue stream and is expected to enable Legal Aid Alberta to better meet the legal service needs of low income individuals all across Alberta.