family justice


How are we reaching this goal?

Offer a broad range of services

Make family law services easier to find, including triage, early intervention, integrated and collaborative processes, parenting and financial services

Promote consensual resolution

Develop and expand proactive management of family issues and more consensual approaches and services, maintaining a focus on safety


Educate people about less adversarial approaches and experiment with new services and processes to create opportunities for consensus resolution

Restructure family courts

Locate all of the aspects of family law in the same place, including separation, custody and access, and divorce, ideally under one judge

This year's progress

A large number of people face family breakdown without the help of a legal professional. As they navigate the mix of legal, financial, social and parenting conflicts, people experience spiraling health, wellbeing, economic and employment issues. The extent of the access to justice crisis in family law warrants immediate attention. The projects undertaken in 2017 are just some of the responses to that crisis.

Click here to learn about 2017 activities to advance Goal 4: Improve Family Justice

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

Projects Advancing this Goal

Organization’s English Website


Organization’s French Website


National Self-Represented Litigants Project

Legal coaching for self-represented family litigants


Pro Bono Students Canada

Family Law Program 

Réseau National D’étudiant(e)s Pro Bono

Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family

Successfully Parenting Apart: A Toolkit



Pro Bono Law Alberta

Discovery House sessions. 


Alberta Legal Information Society


Alberta Legal Information Society

Aspire Legal Access Initiative

New model of family law services


Reforming the Family Justice System

Theory of Change, Lab approach and collaboration model



Ministry of Attorney General


Aboriginal Family Healing Court Conference pilot 

Comprehensive Child Support Service

Family Justice Counsellors

Family Justice Services through Technology

Child Protection Mediation program

Parenting After Separation sessions

Child Support Solution Explorer


Legal Services Society

Parents Legal Centre from Vancouver to Surrey



Family Justice Pathfinder


Mediate BC

Family Law Unbundling Toolkit


LSBC / Mediate BC

Roster of family law lawyers who offer unbundled legal services.


Supreme Court

Family Order Pick List



Community Legal Education Association

Self-help guide for people applying for an uncontested divorce.


Legal Help Centre of Winnipeg

Family Law clinic


Department of Justice

Family Justice Resources Centre

Department of Justice

Manitoba Courts

New child protection model and accompanying rota changes.

Les Tribunaux Du Manitoba

The Law Society of Manitoba

Family Law Access Centre



Public Legal Education and Information Society –New Brunswick

Family Law Handbook

Monthly Family law workshops

Service Public D’Education et D’Information Juridiques du Nouveau-Brunswick


Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador

Publications and presentations on Family Law



Department of Justice (Court Services)


High Conflict Information Program

Intake information sessions and the Parent Information Program

Resource book to assist judges, lawyers, court staff and other professionals to effectively manage high conflict family law cases.

Services Judiciaires Du Ministère de la Justice

Nova Scotia Courts

Guide to help those ineligible for Legal Aid to apply for state-funded counsel in their Child Protection appeals.



NWT Justice

A New Day program and curriculum to reduce family violence (for men)

Respectful Relationships program in corrections

NWT Justice

NWT Legal Aid Commission

New family law duty counsel

Gouvernement des territories du Nord-Ouest


Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution

Potential of technology to support families involved in the family law system. 

Family Justice & Mental Health Social Lab


Legal Innovation Zone at Ryerson University

Global Family Justice Initiative


LSO / Ministry of the Attorney General

Bonkalo Report on Family Law Services

Le Barreau et le ministère du Procureur général ontario


Ontario Justice Education Network

Family Law for Young Parents

Réseau Ontarien D’Education Juridique

The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG)

Re-Imagining Child Welfare Systems in Canada

Groupe D’Action Sur L’Accès À La Justice


Community Legal Information Association PEI

Best Interests of the Children in Custody & Access courses


Ministry of Justice

Children's Lawyer

Supervised access and exchange sites

Justice et Sécurité Publique


Pro Bono Quebec

Duty Counsel in the Superior Court Montreal

Pro Bono Quebec


Ministry of Justice

Family Matters program


Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan with Form Wizard


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