Legal Aid BC - Profil
Legal Aid BC is a non-profit organization created by the Legal Services Society (LSS) Act in 1979 to provide legal information, advice, and representation services. Our priority is to serve the interests of people with low incomes, but many of our services are available to all British Columbians. We're funded by the provincial government, with additional –
Careers with Legal Aid BC
If you want a challenging and meaningful career, consider the available positions with Legal Aid BC. Whether providing direct service to our clients or working behind the scenes, we're looking for people who want to make a contribution to justice and make a difference to the lives of people in need. Fun people at LSS Legal Aid BC is an independent, non-profit organization that provides legal aid for people with low incomes in BC. Our vision is a British Columbia where all people are able to find timely and lasting solutions to their legal issues
Why legal aid matters
To learn why legal aid matters, watch this short video of our CEO Mark Benton.
Why work here?
Our employees are proud of the work they do and committed to making a difference for our clients. We emphasize developing innovative ways to provide clients with the type of services they need to help them with their legal problems. We also work closely with other service providers to ensure the justice system meets the needs of our clients. As you can probably tell, client service is a top priority at Legal Aid BC and going the extra mile is what we strive for in everything we do. We also provide a positive and supportive work environment for our employees. Our generous and comprehensive benefit package includes: - BC Medical Services Plan - Extended health care - Dental coverage - Group life insurance - Accidental death & dismemberment insurance - Sick leave - Family illness leave - Long-term disability - Municipal Pension Plan - Paid vacation (four weeks to start) - Modified work week schedule for some positions - Statutory holidays, including 1/2 days for Christmas Eve & New Year's Eve - Maternity, parental, & adoption leaves with generous top-up pay - Employee and Family Assistance Program - Training assistance & professional development - Employee Wellness and Recognition Programs - Healthy work/life balance - Fun Club (yes, we like to have fun too!) Legal Aid BC is a unionized environment. Our lawyers belong to the Professional Employee’s Association (PEA). Our other professional, technical, and support staff belong to the BC Government Employee’s Union (BCGEU). Our Human Resources Department, located in the Vancouver Regional Centre, is responsible for recruiting staff.
What we do
Every year we help tens of thousands of British Columbians with: - serious family problems - child protection matters - immigration issues - criminal law issues We do this by providing a range of services that help people resolve their legal problems. We determine the services we offer as part of our obligations under the LSS Act. Our services are offered at legal aid locations throughout the province. Legal Aid BC is committed to reconciliation and improving access to legal aid services for Indigenous people. Our Reconciliation Action Plan describes how we are moving forward. We're also committed to working with our many partners in the justice system, sharing knowledge, and improving access to justice for the disadvantaged.
Our vision, mission, and values
Our vision, mission, and values statements guide our work and reflect our commitment to an integrated legal aid model. Our vision is client-focused legal aid that ensures access to justice for all. Our mission is to provide the legal aid services people need, and to promote better access to justice. Our values Service: we respect the people who use our services and strive to deliver services that improve their lives. Diversity: we reflect diverse perspectives, beliefs, and cultures in our work. Integrity: we make principled decisions that earn the trust of the people who use our services, our staff, and the public. Accountability: we spend public funds responsibly and our actions and processes are transparent. Leadership: we promote improvements to the justice system that benefit all British Columbians.
Legal aid clients are among the province’s most vulnerable and marginalized citizens. Our clients don't have the financial resources — or frequently the educational, social, or health resources — to effectively access the justice system when their families, freedom, or safety are at risk. We strive to engage our clients in finding solutions to their legal problems. By taking an integrated approach, legal aid services can help clients prevent future legal issues and increase their ability to positively contribute to society. Of the approximate 24,000 individuals who were referred to a lawyer in 2019/2020, 45 percent had less than a high school education, 26 percent were Indigenous, and 33 percent were women.
In addition to the Ministry of Justice and our clients, stakeholders include our non-government funders — the Law Foundation and the Notary Foundation — our local agents and community partners, lawyers who deliver legal aid services and the organizations that represent them, such as the Canadian Bar Association (BC Branch) and the Trial Lawyers Association of BC, and the judiciary. Other important stakeholders include public legal education and information service providers, social service agencies, community agencies, and advocates that provide support to our clients.