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Media Contacts

Ministry of Attorney General

Media Relations
250 893-7081

Viveca Ellis

Centre for Family Equity
604 366-1008

Kait Woodman

Interim manager of communications
West Coast LEAF
604 684-8772, ext. 226


Changes to eligibility requirements for accessing family law legal aid

Government is investing $29.1 million over the next three years to support LABC in implementing these changes. Additionally, the following changes to eligibility requirements when applying for family law legal aid will ensure that more people can access services from Legal Aid BC (LABC):

  • Beginning April 1, 2024, the income threshold for eligibility will be aligned with whichever is higher: LABC’s 2022 eligibility thresholds or the most recent Market Basket Measure published by Statistics Canada.
  • In 2025 and 2026, the amount will be aligned with the most recent Market Basket Measure plus 2% on April 1 of each year.
  • When calculating financial eligibility for applicants experiencing family violence, the applicant’s assets will be excluded if the applicant is seeking family law legal aid within six months of leaving their abusive partner.
  • When calculating financial eligibility for family law legal aid for applicants experiencing family violence and who do not fit within the asset exclusion described immediately above, certain accounts will be excluded from the calculation, including accounts with a combined value of $30,000 or less that are established for retirement, children’s education and supporting an applicant’s disability or their dependents’ disability.

To be eligible for services from the new multidisciplinary intensive family law clinic, applicants must be financially eligible for LABC family law standard representation services and be experiencing family violence as well as one or more family law issues covered by LABC’s standard representation services.