LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAM - VOTE 304

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LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAM - VOTE 304

This program supports the role of the Attorney General as Chief Law Officer of the Crown by providing the government with expert legal advice, advocacy and representation before tribunals and at all levels of court. Timely and high quality legal advice and services are critical to the governments ability to develop and deliver on its core businesses, policies, programs and services.

This program includes the Office of Legislative Counsel responsible for drafting all provincial bills and regulations in English and French, and providing legal advice on legislative matters to the Legislative Assembly and Cabinet. It also consolidates statutes and regulations. The program also provides for the operation of the agencies, boards and commissions within the ministry including the Assessment Review Board, Ontario Municipal Board, Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.

The Ministry is also responsible for the administration of public inquiries.

VOTE SUMMARY
($)
ITEM # ITEM

Estimates
2007-08

Estimates
2006-07

Difference
Between
2007-08
and
2006-07

Actual
2005-06

  OPERATING EXPENSE        
1 Agencies, Boards and Commissions 43,811,500 47,829,900 (4,018,400) 44,820,844
2 Legal Services 18,846,400 16,422,100 2,424,300 14,197,653
3 Legislative Counsel Services 4,425,700 3,846,600 579,100 3,744,654
  Total Including Special Warrants 67,083,600 68,098,600 (1,015,000) 62,763,151
Less: Special Warrants 27,673,000 - 27,673,000 -
  TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSE TO BE VOTED 39,410,600 68,098,600 (28,688,000) 62,763,151
Special Warrants 27,673,000 - 27,673,000 -
Statutory The Proceedings Against the Crown Act 1,000 1,000 - 35,218,353
  Total Statutory Appropriations 1,000 1,000 - 35,218,353
  Total Operating Expense 67,084,600 68,099,600 (1,015,000) 97,981,504



Standard Account by Item and Sub-items
($)
VOTE -ITEM
#
STANDARD ACCOUNT BY ITEM AND SUB-ITEMS      
  OPERATING EXPENSE      
304-1 Agencies, Boards and Commissions      
  Salaries and wages     20,494,800
  Employee benefits     2,539,500
  Transportation and communication     2,377,100
  Services     16,759,500
  Supplies and equipment     640,600
  Transfer payments      
     Public Inquiries - Community Assistance     1,000,000
  Total Operating Expense     43,811,500
  Sub-Items:      
  Assessment Review Board      
  Salaries and wages   4,028,900  
  Employee benefits   463,000  
  Transportation and communication   738,500  
  Services   2,163,700  
  Supplies and equipment   224,900 7,619,000
  Ontario Municipal Board      
  Salaries and wages   5,009,600  
  Employee benefits   648,600  
  Transportation and communication   700,700  
  Services   334,300  
  Supplies and equipment   91,000 6,784,200
  Ontario Human Rights Commission      
  Salaries and wages   10,463,400  
  Employee benefits   1,297,500  
  Transportation and communication   639,500  
  Services   1,289,000  
  Supplies and equipment   270,600 13,960,000
  Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario      
  Salaries and wages   712,900  
  Employee benefits   89,400  
  Transportation and communication   54,800  
  Services   64,400  
  Supplies and equipment   20,000 941,500
  Public Inquiries      
  Salaries and wages   280,000  
  Employee benefits   41,000  
  Transportation and communication   243,600  
  Services   12,907,100  
  Supplies and equipment   34,100  
  Transfer payments      
     Public Inquiries - Community Assistance   1,000,000 14,505,800
  Royal Commissions      
  Services   1,000 1,000
  Total Operating Expense     43,811,500
304-2 Legal Services      
  Salaries and wages     97,348,300
  Employee benefits     9,102,000
  Transportation and communication     215,600
  Services     2,908,200
  Supplies and equipment     251,900
  Transfer payments      
     Civil Remedies for Illicit Activities - Civil Remedies Act - Victims Compensation   50,000  
     Civil Remedies for Illicit Activities - Civil Remedies Act - Cost Recovery   5,000  
     Civil Remedies for Illicit Activities - Civil Remedies Act - Grants   300,000 355,000
  Subtotal     110,181,000
  Less: Recoveries     91,334,600
  Total Operating Expense     18,846,400
  Sub-Items:      
  Civil and Constitutional Law      
  Salaries and wages   16,637,100  
  Employee benefits   2,086,100  
  Transportation and communication   215,600  
  Services   2,908,200  
  Supplies and equipment   251,900  
  Transfer payments      
     Civil Remedies for Illicit Activities - Civil Remedies Act - Victims Compensation 50,000    
     Civil Remedies for Illicit Activities - Civil Remedies Act - Cost Recovery 5,000    
     Civil Remedies for Illicit Activities - Civil Remedies Act - Grants 300,000 355,000  
  Subtotal   22,453,900  
  Less: Recoveries from other ministries and activities   3,608,500 18,845,400
  Seconded Legal Services      
  Salaries and wages   80,711,200  
  Employee benefits   7,015,900  
  Subtotal   87,727,100  
  Less: Recoveries from other ministries and activities   87,726,100 1,000
  Total Operating Expense     18,846,400
  Statutory Appropriations      
  Other transactions      
Statutory    The Proceedings Against the Crown Act     1,000
304-3 Legislative Counsel Services      
  Salaries and wages     5,401,500
  Employee benefits     539,400
  Transportation and communication     33,800
  Services     260,000
  Supplies and equipment     55,000
  Subtotal     6,289,700
  Less: Recoveries     1,864,000
  Total Operating Expense     4,425,700
  Total Operating Expense for Legal Services Program     67,084,600