The Law Foundation of BC is a non-profit foundation created by legislation in 1969 to receive and distribute the interest on clients' funds held in lawyers' pooled trust accounts maintained in financial institutions. The Legal Profession Act directs the Law Foundation to distribute these funds in five areas: legal education; legal research; legal aid; law reform; and law libraries.
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Our major funders include the Law Foundation of British Columbia, the Law Society of British Columbia, the Notary Foundation of British Columbia, the Province of British Columbia, and the Vancouver Bar Association. We acknowledge generous donations from many individual donors, in-kind assistance from the Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia, and fundraising support from the BC Branch of the Canadian Bar Association.
The Notary Foundation of BC is the recipient of the interest which BC credit unions, Canadian chartered banks and trust companies must pay on clients’ funds when they are held in trust by a BC Notary Public. The Foundation receives and distributes the funds earned each year in accordance with its legislated mandate and the goals and objectives set by the Board of Governors. Most of the money is paid to the Legal Services Society, specifically to provide legal aid in the province. Grants are also made available to other organizations in BC in the following areas: legal education, legal research; and law libraries.
The Vancouver Bar Association was founded in 1892 and is a voluntary association of approximately 2,500 lawyers from the County of Vancouver. The various activities of the VBA are directed at fulfilling the purposes of the VBA, which include: upholding the honour and dignity of the profession of the law; and encouraging a high standard of legal education, training and ethics.
The CBA is a professional, voluntary organization which was formed in 1896, and incorporated by a Special Act of Parliament on April 15, 1921. Today, the Association represents 38,000 lawyers, judges, notaries, law teachers, and law students from across Canada, of which more than 6,400 are members of the BC Branch. A main purpose of the Association is to promote fair justice systems and facilitate effective law reform.
Bordered by the Coast Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is recognized as one of the world’s most livable cities with one of the smallest carbon footprints of any major city in North America. The City of Vancouver is renowned for its innovative programs in the areas of sustainability, accessibility and inclusivity. APB receives support from the City of Vancouver through its Community Grants Program.