The Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects a number of rights of individuals in Canada—regardless of if they are an immigrant or refugee—including the right to life, liberty, and security of the person. Access to legal aid helps support these rights and uphold the integrity of the asylum system by ensuring fair adjudication of asylum claims while also supporting a timely, and efficient process. 244 Chapter 5 The federal government funds immigration and refugee legal aid services, in partnership with provinces and service providers, to support the fairness and integrity of the asylum system and access to justice for those who are coming to Canada—often fleeing violence, war, or persecution—but are unable to pay for legal assistance. Budget 2024 proposes to provide $273.7 million over five years, starting in 2024-25, and $43.5 million ongoing to the Department of Justice for immigration and refugee legal aid services.

At NPZ Law Group, our U.S. and Canadian lawyers seek to assist clients with regard to employment and family immigration issues. If you or your friends or family should have any questions about any aspect of U.S. and Canadian Immigration Law, please feel free to contact us at or you can call our office at 201-670-0006 (ext. 104). We look forward to being able to assist you.