The CELA Foundation, (formerly the Resource Library for the Environment and the Law), launched a new website this year. CELAfoundation.ca provides access to the library as well as the Environmental History Program, an extensive range of online resources reflecting and cataloguing the environmental history of Canada.
The CELA Foundation also provides a platform to enable CELA’s efforts to diversify our sources of funding. During 2019, provincial cut-backs of 30% occurred in the budget of Legal Aid Ontario (LAO), a funding decrease that was also passed on to CELA by LAO, our core funder. These cuts will be phased in over two years. As a result, CELA is commencing core fundraising efforts to replace that lost capacity.
Stay tuned for more information on those efforts in conjunction with our 50th anniversary events!
While cuts to our legal aid funding present huge challenges, we also see major opportunities for additional engagement with our communities going forward including through increased engagement and outreach on a regional basis across the province.