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Eligibility

The Access to Innovation (A2I) project is open to a broad range of innovative technological legal services (ITLS) providers involving any legal function. Providers’ tools or programs must feature the innovative delivery of legal services via technology. Applications will be accepted from any type of provider – lawyer or paralegal licensee, non-licensee, law firm, business or not-for-profit organization.

Approval to participate in the A2I project means that a provider can operate in Ontario for an agreed period of time, subject to operating and reporting requirements that protect the public. Participants must have obtained all other applicable permissions, such as business permits, to operate their ITLS tool or program in Ontario.

Application Process

Innovative technological legal services (ITLS) providers may apply to join the Access to Innovation (A2I) project at any point during the five-year pilot period, rather than at certain fixed intake periods. This rolling admission offers participants the flexibility to apply at whatever stage in their development works best for them.

The A2I project is currently accepting proposals to participate via letters of intent.

Letters of intent should include the following information:

  • A description of the legal services you are proposing to deliver;
  • Information about whom you expect to use your proposed services;
  • Information about your organization, including the credentials of those involved in delivering the proposed services;
  • A description of any rules or regulations that are currently preventing you from delivering your proposed services in the desired manner;
  • A description of the potential risks to users of your proposed services and how you address and mitigate those risks; and
  • Any other relevant information that would help us understand your proposal.
 

Apply now by sending your letter of intent to accesstoinnovation@lso.ca.

In the coming months, an application form will be published.

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