Ontario is investing over $7 million in Ottawa’s justice system to increase access to justice, reduce delay in the system, and keep staff and the public safe.
With this investment, the province has:
In addition to these operational improvements, the province is also making systemic changes to ensure Francophone and Indigenous communities have equal access to justice services. In 2017/18 the province has:
Appointed a new and permanent French Language advisory committee chaired by Justice Paul Rouleau, to identify and help reduce barriers in the justice system faced by French speakers.
In addition, of the thirteen new judges announced in 2016, Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve of the Ontario Court of Justice has assigned two judges to Ottawa.
As part of the province’s commitment to reconciliation, Ontario has committed to a goal of 42 Gladue Writers and 42 Aftercare Workers in locations across Ontario.
“Our investments in eastern Ontario reflect our strong commitment to level the playing field and ensure that everyone in Ottawa and across Ontario have access to a justice system that is efficient, modern and responsive to their needs.”
— Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General
"Our government firmly believes that a strong Francophone community means a strong Ontario. Access to justice is an important priority for Francophones and the creation of the French Language Advisory Committee chaired by Justice Rouleau will ensure we address these issues across the province. "
— Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services | Minister of Francophone Affairs
“The Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa is proud to partner with the Government of Ontario on access to justice initiatives like pratiquO. This program is the first of its kind in Canada to provide continuing professional development in French to legal professionals so they can best serve the needs of francophone communities in Ontario.”
— Adam Dodek, Dean of Common Law Section, University of Ottawa-Faculty of Law
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