The Canadian Human Rights Commission says a form of free legal aid is not a law but is a service.
The new rule is being released as part of the government’s ongoing commitment to crack down on money laundering and terrorism financing.
The CRTC says the new form, called the Free Legal Form (FFL), provides the same services as legal aid, including access to an interpreter, but provides the person with the legal documents necessary to access the financial aid.
The form is free of charge, and can be accessed at all Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) offices, CRA offices, and other tax-exempt organizations.
However, it is a form that is not legally binding.
“The FFL is not intended to replace or replace the legal aid that is provided,” says a news release.
“It is meant to provide an alternative for those who would otherwise have difficulty accessing legal aid.”
The government says the FFL will provide information about financial aid eligibility to Canadians who are unable to afford it or are seeking assistance for other reasons.
The form will also be available to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.”FFL is a safe, easy-to-use service for people to access information about legal aid and services that are not normally available to them,” says the release.
It is not the first time the CRTC has raised the issue of how to address money laundering.
In December, it said it will look into how to regulate the use of legal aid.