Coming soon, again … Law Library Hub

In February 2020, just before the start of the pandemic, we started a drop-in program to provide legal information and assistance to members of the public who were struggling with dealing with the courts. While the pandemic put a quick end to the drop-in idea, the need for legal information assistance didn’t dry up with it.

Since February 2021, the Law Library Hub has been operating on a virtual basis by appointment only. As of October 4, 2021, we are thrilled to announce we will be open again to in person service.

Under the supervision of a practising lawyer, law students will be available to provide assistance in the Great Library at the Winnipeg Courthouse on Monday afternoons between 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Appointments can be booked using the form available here.

This program is run in partnership with the Law Society of Manitoba, Manitoba Department of Justice, Pro Bono Students Canada, and others, and funded by a grant from the Manitoba Law Foundation. The goal of the project remains the same: to provide information and assistance to members of the public. Representation without legal counsel is difficult and challenging, particularly when trying to follow the rules and procedures that the legal system requires, and puts extra pressure on judges and parties who are represented. Additional assistance for self-represented litigants is important in order to increase fairness and access to justice.  

As part of the pilot project, data will be collected on the types of problems people are encountering and the number of people the Hub assists.

Report on Law Foundation Granting

[Reprinted with permission from the October 2018 edition of Communiquéby Karen Dyck, Executive Director, The Manitoba Law Foundation.]

The Manitoba Law Foundation’s Board of Directors recently met to allocate and approve the Foundation’s statutory and discretionary grants for the 2018/2019 fiscal year. The Legal Profession Act provides in s.90(1) that the Foundation allocate specific portions of interest on lawyers’ trust accounts received in the previous fiscal year to The Legal Aid Society of Manitoba (50% or a minimum of $1,007,629) and The Law Society of Manitoba (16.67% or a minimum of $335,383) for its educational purposes and to offset the cost of monitoring trust accounts.

Due in large part to increases in the prime rate in 2017, Foundation revenues for the year ending March 31, 2018 were significantly higher than has been the case in recent years. Based upon that income, the Foundation was able to allocate statutory grants for 2018/2019 as follows:

The Legal Aid Services Society                           $1,607,151
The Law Society of Manitoba                                $ 535,824

In addition to the required grants paid under the provisions of the Act, the Foundation also makes discretionary grants under s.90(4) and in accordance with the objects of the Foundation. These grants are allocated from the surplus at the end of the previous fiscal year after the deduction of operating expenses, mandatory grants, and, in years when revenues are sufficient and where the Reserve requires it, a contribution to the Foundation’s Reserve for Future Grants.

For 2018/2019, the Foundation’s board approved 12 discretionary grants totaling $851,666 to:

Community Legal Education Association (General)

$ 50,000 

CLEA (Law Phone-In and Lawyer Referral Service)

$ 60,000

Community Unemployed Help Centre

$ 20,000

E.K. Williams Library (Faculty of Law)

$ 82,000

Faculty of Law Sessional Program

$ 95,166

Legal Help Centre

$ 80,000

Legal Research Institute (Faculty of Law)

$ 80,000

Manitoba Law Reform Commission

$ 92,500

Native Law Centre (University of Saskatchewan)

$ 12,000 

Pro Bono Students Canada (Manitoba Chapter)

 $ 14,000

Public Interest Law Centre (Legal Aid Manitoba) 


University Law Centre (Legal Aid Manitoba)

$ 86,000

In addition, the Foundation has approved two Small Grant Applications. Dr. Michael Weinrath of University of Winnipeg’s Criminal Justice Department was awarded a grant of $4,986 for the Winnipeg Police Diversion Research Project. Level was awarded a grant of $7,100 for delivery of their Indigenous Youth Outreach Program in Manitoba.

Through these direct grants into the community, The Manitoba Law Foundation is able to fulfill its mission of advancing legal knowledge, fostering excellence within the legal profession and facilitating community understanding of the justice system.

For more information on the Foundation’s granting or any of the organizations funded by The Manitoba Law Foundation, please visit our website or contact us directly at:

Please note: The library will be closing early on Friday, March 1 at 11:00am for a special event.