Canadian Environmental Law Association

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Canadian Environmental Law Association
Abbreviation CELA
Formation 1970
Type Law Association
Legal status active
Purpose advocate and public voice, educator and network
Headquarters Ottawa, Ontario
Region served
Official language
Website Canadian Environmental Law Association homepage

The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) is a non-profit, public interest organization established in 1970 to use existing laws to protect the environment and to advocate environmental law reforms. It is also a free legal advisory clinic for the public, and will act at hearings and in courts on behalf of citizens or citizens’ groups who are otherwise unable to afford legal assistance. Funded by Legal Aid Ontario, CELA is one of 79 community legal clinics located across Ontario, 15 of which offer services in specialized areas of the law. CELA also undertakes additional educational and law reform projects funded by government and private foundations. CELA was established at the same time as its sister organization the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy, which does not offer Legal Aid services but focuses on policy related to emerging and neglected environmental issues.

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