The Manitoba Law Foundation was created on October 23, 1986 by the Manitoba Legislature through an amendment to The Law Society Act, now called The Legal Profession Act. Under the statute, the objects of the Foundation are to encourage and promote legal education, legal research, legal aid services, law reform, and the development and maintenance of law libraries.

The Foundation is a statutory corporation. It is independent and is not an agency of the government. For tax purposes it is a “non-taxable corporation”, but it is not a registered charity.

The law foundations first came into existence in 1968 when the first law foundation was established in New South Wales, Australia. Lawyers visiting New South Wales from British Columbia at that time learned about how the interest on lawyers’ trust accounts was being used for the public good, and upon their return to Canada, recommended to the B.C. government that a similar foundation be formed. The Law Foundation of British Columbia, the first in Canada, was established in April 1969. From 1971 to 1986, similar law foundations were formed across Canada, and now exist in every province and territory. There are also similar foundations across the United States, where they are called “IOLTA” (for “interest on lawyers’ trust accounts”) programs; these programs were modeled on the Canadian law foundations.

Canadian law foundations belong to a national body, the Association of Canadian Law Foundations (the “ACLF”). The ACLF meets annually and allows law foundations to share information.


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Who We Are... The Manitoba Law Foundation is a not for profit foundation which funds law and justice related programs that benefit the public in the following areas: legal education, legal research, law reform, legal aid services; and the development and maintenance of law libraries. Our revenue comes primarily from the interest on the funds held in Manitoba lawyers’ pooled trust accounts maintained in financial institutions.