Improving Access to Justice for all Canadians

Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (Québec)

WHEREAS equal access to the justice system is essential to Canadian democracy;

WHEREAS a report by the Canadian Bar Association found that middle and lower income Canadians are finding it increasingly difficult to properly access Canada's justice system due, in part, to the high cost of legal representation;

WHEREAS research for the Department of Justice found that the legal difficulties of economically-disadvantaged Canadians often create further socio-economic and health problems for these individuals;

WHEREAS the federal government's funding for legal aid has decreased significantly over the past 25 years;

WHEREAS provincial and territorial justice ministers have unanimously called for increased federal funding for legal aid;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada asks the Liberal government to:

  • increase the federal government's contributions to legal aid funding;
  • increase the access of legal aid to the middle class by increasing the financial eligibility;
  • establish a dedicated civil legal aid contribution, in consultation with provinces and territories;
  • take a leadership role in supporting innovative approaches to improving access to justice for Canadians.