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Canadian Environmental Law Association

 

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CELA is a legal clinic that specializes in environmental law and is part of the Ontario-wide network of clinics funded by Legal Aid Ontario. We provide free legal services to individuals and groups across Ontario that qualify for legal aid. Our mission is to protect human health and the environment by advocating for justice for those affected by pollution and working to create policies that prevent such problems from occurring. As a Legal Aid Clinic, our main focus is to represent low-income individuals and communities and to advocate for those with limited influence in decision-making.

Through our landmark legal cases, we have influenced government and industry approaches to pollution and other environmental threats, resulting in polluters being held accountable for cleaning up their actions. We also provide public legal education to help people understand the law and their environmental rights in Ontario.

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