Since launching in 2001, Pro Bono Ontario has become one of Canada’s most prominent access to justice organizations. We have received  15 awards in recognition of our contribution to access to justice, including the Ontario Bar Association’s President’s Award, the American College of Trial Lawyers Emil Gumpert Award, American Lawyer Magazine’s Law and Technology Award,  Lexpert Zenith Awards and the National Pro Bono Program Award.


2018 – National Pro Bono Program Award for our Free Legal Advice Hotline, presented at the 7th National Pro Bono Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia

2014 – Ruth Hindmarsh Atkinson Award (for our medical-legal partnerships for children)

2012  – National Pro Bono Program Award for Law Help Ontario, presented at the 4th National Pro Bono Conference in Montreal, Quebec

2010  – Lexpert Zenith Awards (for projects created by PBLO):

  • Evergreen Brickworks (Blakes), Environmental
  • RBC Law Group Pro Bono Committee (RBC), In-house Legal Department
  • Unaccompanied Minors Project (McCarthys), Most Impact on Child or Children
  • Rights of Grandchildren in the Care of Grandparents (Fraser Milner Casgrain-now Dentons Canada), Political Pro Bono
  • Visual Artists Legal Clinic of Ontario (Torys), Pro Bono in the Arts
  • Artscape Whychwood Barns (McCarthys), Pro Bono in the Arts

2010 – Lexpert Zenith Awards (for projects directly managed by PBLO):

  • Child Advocacy Project, At-risk Youth and/or Justice Award
  • PBLO at SickKids, Multi-Disciplinary Pro Bono
  • Law Help Ontario, Pro Bono by Law School Student or Students

2010 – American Lawyer Magazine’s Law & Technology News Award for Best Use of Technology in a Pro Bono Project

2009 – American College of Trial Lawyers, Emil Gumpert Award

2008 – Ontario Bar Association, Presidents Award

2003 – Ontario Trillium Foundation, Investing in Communities Certificate