Address Everyday
Legal Problems


How are we reaching this goal?

Educate early

Provide targeted, free, accessible public legal education about frequent legal issues, different types of solutions and the process of enforcing rights


Foster legal capability so that people can spot legal issues early, get preventative or proactive help and anticipate, avoid or manage frequent legal issues

Offer a continuum of services

Develop and expand legal services to include the full continuum of information, advice, help lines, online services, in-person services, and partial or full representation

Reflect Canadian society

Put the services people need in the communities where they live with the resources to address the barriers they face

This year's progress

Across the country, there have been new efforts to address everyday legal issues. These activities are a sample of the expansion of early education and resolution efforts across the country, meeting the needs of a diverse and changing population. The 2017 projects are in addition to the regular ongoing programming of non-profits, legal clinics, courts, pro bono organizations, governments and individual lawyers. 

Click here to learn about 2017 activities to advance Goal 1: Address Everyday Legal Problems

Read the whole report here: Tracking Action on Canada's JDG's

Projects Advancing this Goal

Organization’s English Website


Organization’s French Website


Canadian Bar Association

Just a Bystander Project and Podcast

L'Association du Barreau canadien

National Self Represented Litigants Project

SRL Primers: Reading and Understanding Case Reports: A Guide for Self-Represented Litigants

Podcast: Jumping Off the Ivory Tower with Prof Julie MacFarlane



Calgary Legal Guidance

Monthly legal information sessions at the public library

Legal and cultural supports for urban Indigenous Peoples


Community Public Legal Education Alberta

“Top 5 Legal Questions” now available online. Answers to top questions about the law to help make your life a little easier

Tipsheet on new amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act to support victims of domestic violence


Reports highlighting the roles that housing providers can play in supporting families affected by domestic violence.


Edmonton Community Legal Clinic

Public Legal Education monthly workshops





Access Pro Bono BC

Access Pro Bono Advice-a-Thon

Residential Tenancy Program,

Employment Standards program,

Mental Health Program Telephone Clinic

Free Legal Clinic for Low-Income Temporary Foreign Workers


 Provincial Court BC

New Support Person Guidelines Poster

Twitter Town Hall (#AskChiefJudge)


Courthouse Libraries BC

ClickLaw website


Community Legal Assistance Society

BC Human Rights Clinic: Know Your Rights – What to do about discrimination


Justice Education Society

JES - a virtual assistant


Legal Services Society

Everyday legal Needs Infographics

New plain language booklet Your Gladue Rights.

New publications Link


Ministry of Attorney General

Justice Innovation and Transformation Initiatives

Civil Resolution Tribunal 


People's Law School

Community-based sessions on civil legal needs





MB Community Legal Education Association

 Call Line Number


Drop-in Legal Information Clinics

Family Law and Consumer Protection appointments

Educational Workshops on family law court processes (eg. case conferences)





Public Legal Education Information Service of  New Brunswick

A resource on family law for newcomers

Family law workshops in both English and French across the province every month

Service public d’education et d’information juridiques du Nouveau-Brunswick




Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador

Gathering Place Legal Assistance Clinic





Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia

A free online web-based will tool

Free Divorce Info Sessions


Nova Scotia Courts

New child protection booklets in French & English and Mi'kmaq

African Nova Scotian and Indigenous lawyers who want to become a judge can now apply for judicial mentorship.



Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society



Nova Scotia Legal Aid

On-line chat service

Aide juridique de la Nouvelle-Écosse

Nova Scotia Family Law

Family Law videos on several family justice topics: affidavits, divorce, financial statements.





Law Society of Nunavut

Access to Justice portal

Barreau Du Nunavut




Law Society of the Northwest Territories

Updated Inventory of NWT Justice Services, Programs and Resources


Legal Aid Commission, Department of Justice

Legal Aid Commission’s Outreach Program (Clinics)





Community Legal Education Ontario

Online Refugee Hearing Preparation Training

Steps to Justice

Community Legal Education Ontario


 Legal Innovation Zone

Youth Access to Justice Initiative


Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN)

“This is Where we Live” video featuring youth from Regent Park and St. Jamestown

Réseau ontarien d’education juridique (ROEJ)


Pro Bono Ontario

Pro Bono Ontario Projects

Refugee Sponsorship Program

New Law Help Line


The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG)

Architects of Justice Podcast

Groupe d’action sur l’accès à la justice




Centre de justice de proximité du Grand Montréal

The Centre de justice de proximité du Grand Montréal

Centre de justice de proximité du Grand Montréal


Small Claims Resources

Divorce and Separation: Step-by-Step Guides


Pro Bono Quebec

Comprehensive list of Quebec resources on everyday legal problems.

Pro Bono Quebec

Justice Québec

Montérégie Community Justice Center, located at 6300 Auteuil Avenue, Suite 503, in Brossard

Justice Québec




A2J Committee

Town Hall on the Future of Legal Services Provision in Saskatchewan

Free Legal Resource Fair

Walk-in Family Law Information Clinic


The Saskatchewan Access to Legal Information Project

Saskatchewan Access to Legal Information Project


Family Law Information Centre

Public legal education sessions.

Centre d’information sur la droit de la famille



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