Media Release

CELA reacts to Legal Aid Funding Decision

Jun 12 2019

While we are disappointed in Legal Aid Ontario’s decision to reduce CELA’s allocated operating funding by almost 17% this year and by 35% next year, we remain focused on, and committed to, our priority mission –seeking justice for those harmed by environmental pollution and advocating to advance policies for the betterment of the environment. CELA is proud of our nearly 50-year history of working in collaboration with colleagues and partner organizations to represent the interests of those most vulnerable to environmental degradation in Ontario and across Canada.

Protecting the environment against increasing threats is one of the most pressing issues of our generation. Unfortunately, these challenges will only increase in severity with time. For this reason, CELA will remain focused on advocating in support of environmental justice at every opportunity. We have been and will continue to be at the forefront in making our environment cleaner, healthier and safer. We will continue to welcome support from those who are seized with the need to address environmental issues, and we thank both the provincial government and our donors for their continued support.

CELA looks forward to the opportunity to continue working in tandem with all partners to advance environmental protection, involve low-income and vulnerable populations in the environmental decision-making process and defend the rights of those who are experiencing negative environmental health impacts.                                                        

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For more information, please contact:

Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director, CELA

theresa@cela.ca  • Tel: 416-960-2284 ext. 7211 & ext. 7215