37.1. The period for which a certificate of eligibility is issued under section 66 of the Act respecting legal aid and the provision of certain other legal services (chapter A-14) begins on the date of the application for legal aid.
For the purposes of the first paragraph, an application for legal aid is considered to be made on the earlier of the following dates:
— the date on which the application, duly completed and signed, is received by the local legal aid centre or bureau; and
— the date on which an appointment is arranged with the local legal aid centre or bureau, either by the applicant or the advocate or notary acting for him, for the purpose of completing the application.
Despite the foregoing, where the certificate is issued for the legal services described in paragraph 1.1 of section 4.7 of the Act respecting legal aid and the provision of certain other legal services, the period for which the certificate is issued begins on the date on which the applications for legal aid of all the parties to the agreement are received by a local legal aid centre or bureau and on which the amounts they are required to pay under section 29.2 or the contributions exigible from them are paid in full, subject to, in the latter case, an agreement concluded under the second paragraph of section 29 between the director general and the applicant who meets the conditions of eligibility for contributory legal aid.