The Government is committed to working with its provincial and territorial partners to reform the criminal justice system, striving to make it as fair, effective and efficient as possible. Knowledge of Canada’s legal system is paramount for a fair system.
Today, Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Heritage, on behalf of the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced funding of $350,000 over 5 years to the Community Legal Information Association of Prince Edward Island so that it may continue to deliver public education and information about the Canadian legal system to the citizens of Prince Edward Island.
The goal of public legal education and information (PLEI) is to create an informed citizenry that is knowledgeable about the law, able to recognize and exercise their lawful rights, fulfill their legal obligations, and perform their duties as participants in a democratic society.
Grant funding from the Government of Canada will begin in 2017 and conclude in 2021 for $70,000 per year.
“Our justice system is best served when citizens know how it works. Increasing knowledge about the justice system makes it more accessible, and with more accessibility comes more fairness. Public Legal Education is a way of increasing knowledge so that everyone’s rights can be understood and protected.”
The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
“The Community Legal Information Association of PEI has more than 32 years of service to the Island with more than 4,000 client inquiries a year. They provide free legal information in plain language and have seen a 12% increase in client inquiries over the past two years. The funding for this organization will help better serve the Island with much-needed public legal information. The Government of Canada is pleased to be a valued funding partner of CLIA serving PEI.”
Sean Casey, M.P.
Member of Parliament for Charlottetown
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Heritage
“Access to Justice is an essential element in promoting community safety and well-being. CLIA aims to keep providing legal information in ways that are easy for all Island residents to understand. Although CLIA is a registered charity, we would not be able to succeed in our work without financial support from the Government of Canada. Our Board of Directors and our staff are very grateful for this renewed funding.”
- The Department of Justice provides funding to community organizations and other levels of government that are working to ensure Canada is a just and law-abiding society with an accessible, efficient, and fair system of justice.
- Funding programs are designed to support Aboriginal communities, victims of crime, people with lower incomes, families and young people. Also supported are projects that help Canadians understand the law.
- Public Legal Education organizations can be found in all provinces and one territory. They connect people with the appropriate legal services in their region and help them understand how the legal system can resolve their legal issues.
- The National Public Legal Education Association of Canada recently held its 2017 conference in Charlottetown.
Community Legal Information of PEI http://www.cliapei.ca