McInnes Cooper to provide pro bono legal counsel to disadvantaged immigrants on Prince Edward Island
September 15, 2014
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE September 15, 2014 – Qualifying immigrants to Prince Edward Island will have access to pro bono legal services as a result of a new partnership between McInnes Cooper and the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada (PEI ANC), a non-profit settlement agency that welcomes and supports immigrants.
McInnes Cooper, among the top business law firms in Canada, will provide legal counsel for qualifying PEI ANC clients whose access to justice is limited, primarily due to financial means.
“We are delighted to partner with the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada”, said Gary Scales, McInnes Cooper’s PEI Regional Lead Partner. “This partnership will make it easier for immigrants to access legal services that will facilitate their transition into Canadian society.”
PEI ANC will refer qualified pro bono clients to McInnes Cooper, and provide space for legal counsel and clients to meet.
“Immigration is essential to the future of our province,” said Craig Mackie, Executive Director of PEI ANC. “McInnes Cooper’s pro bono legal services will help disadvantaged immigrants navigate, what is to them, a new legal environment, and create opportunities for them to integrate more easily into the PEI community.”
About the PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada
The PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada is a non-profit charitable organization that provides short-term settlement services and long-term inclusion and community integration programs for new immigrants in the province of Prince Edward Island. The Association speaks publicly on immigrant issues and advocates on behalf of newcomers. PEI ANC also offers a range of programs to immigrants including: settlement & integration services, employment assistance, education, and community outreach. First generation Canadians serve on the PEI ANC volunteer Board of Directors. New immigrants are also employed as staff members of the organization, and contracted to provide interpretation and translation services.
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