Pro Bono & Community Work

Access to justice for all

A Commitment to Benefit our Communities

Corporate social responsibility at McCarthy Tétrault reflects our long-standing commitment to meet our clients in the communities in which they conduct their business. To respect those engaged at every level, and to work together to make a difference.

Working closely with our clients in their communities provides us with a greater understanding of their needs and challenges. Through an improved, shared understanding of what drives us socially, we can do more to ensure our clients’ communities thrive.

Our firm has a long and proud history of giving back to our communities. We enjoy each opportunity to provide pro bono legal services and to participate in community programs that create openings for all Canadians to succeed.
We regularly support organizations at both the national and local level. These include a number of civic, health and social causes that directly contribute to building their community. The United Way, hospitals, organizations that focus on medical research, national and local charities and arts organizations make up a significant portion of the philanthropic organizations we support.

The McCarthy Tétrault Foundation also provides funding for law school awards and bursaries and programs such as Pro Bono Students Canada and specific capital campaigns.

Pro Bono: A McCarthy Tétrault Tradition

McCarthy Tétrault provides pro bono services to the community in areas as diverse as civil liberties, human rights, and financial, business, labour and employment law.

“Partner without Borders” of Lawyers without Borders Canada

McCarthy Tétrault and LWBC entered into a partnership in 2008, making McCarthy Tétrault a "Partner without Borders" of LWBC, the Canadian branch of the Lawyers without Borders world movement.

By becoming the first major Canadian law firm to be granted the status of "Partner without Borders," McCarthy Tétrault continues its long tradition of providing pro bono legal services and community outreach.

Pro Bono Students Canada’s National Law Firm Partner

McCarthy Tétrault is helping to make a real difference for law schools, students and communities in need through financial support and as the sole national law firm partner of Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC). This national organization of more than 6,500 law students works with more than 500 public interest and community groups in need of legal services. This is a quadruple-win situation — for law students, law schools, the community and McCarthy Tétrault lawyers.

McCarthy Tétrault supports law students in gaining practical law experience — both at universities and at the firm's offices. The firm offers a challenging work environment for students and articling students, one that provides valuable experience in all aspects of the law. McCarthy Tétrault aims to attract the strongest students and to offer them a dynamic and exciting opportunity to explore their potential. Pro Bono Students Canada is a national organization that engages students from almost all of the law schools across Canada in pro bono legal work. The program is headquartered at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. 

Unaccompanied Minors Project

In partnership with Pro Bono Law Ontario and the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, we launched the Unaccompanied Minors Project. This program matches McCarthy Tétrault lawyers with children who arrive alone at Toronto’s international airport from foreign countries. As designated representatives, our lawyers assist these children with navigating the complicated refugee claim process.

ArtScape

A group of McCarthy Tétrault lawyers is involved helping ArtScape, a non-profit organization devoted to enhancing creativity in communities. Our lawyers help in negotiations for the lease of land, land-use planning and zoning, easement agreements and sub-leases for artists and others.

Regent Park Community Redevelopment Initiative

McCarthy Tétrault is also involved in a 12-year project to transform this area of Toronto with new streets, parks and community services. This project, which is also a partnership with Pro Bono Law Ontario, has involved our lawyers on right of return agreements for residents, labour and employment matters, contracts and a small business incubator.