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Access to Justice Week


Thanks to Access to Justice Week partners and participants!

Visit our Access to Justice Week in Review page for event recaps, videos, and other material. Have feedback on this year’s program? Please complete our evaluation to help us plan Access to Justice Week 2018. Join our mailing list ​to stay up to date.




Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin

Statement in the House from MP Marco Mendocino

New Report


Millennials, Technology and Access to Justice

This report provides helpful insights and contributes to key questions that access to justice and legal technology advocates may be asking: Are Ontario Millennials ready for disruptive services in justice? Why would Ontario Millennials seek justice through technology? What are potential challenges to the adoption of digital justice initiatives? Results are from an online survey conducted by Abacus Data in September 2017 with 1,000 Ontario residents aged 18 to 36.

View report

Initiatives & Resources

Re-Imagining Child Welfare Systems in Canada – Roundtable Series

TAG is pleased to launch a series of roundtables with community and university partners in Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia aimed at advancing culturally appropriate models for Indigenous child welfare.


Access to Justice Initiatives in Ontario Communities

The Ministry of the Attorney General, Legal Aid Ontario, legal aid clinics and community service organizations work together to promote and enhance access to justice for low-income people throughout Ontario. This series of blog posts highlights some of the important work being done and how to access some of the services being offered.


Your Education Rights: Learn about your child’s rights at school

Kingston Community Legal Clinic, in conjunction with TAG – The Action Group on Access to Justice, is offering a free seminar on the legal rights of children in schools, as part of Access to Justice Week 2017.


Architects of Justice Students

TAG and OJEN have coordinated law students to talk to people about the legal system. We want to know what the public thinks and what’s happening on the ground. What’s working? How can it be improved?


French Plain Language Legal Workshop

Communicating in plain language is an art for legal professionals. The clearer the legal information is for your client, the better s/he will understand and be able to seek justice; an important step towards access to justice!


Twitter Chat – Improving Access to Justice in Canada’s Youth Justice System

How do youth in Canada (12 to 17-year-olds) experience police, courts, conflict, and discipline differently than adults? Can our youth justice system better serve the youth who interact with it? Join us for a national discussion on Friday, October 27 at 12:30 p.m. ET to discuss these challenges and ways forward for youth justice in Canada.


Webinar: Family Law Unbundled

Ontarians are more likely to be directly impacted by a family law dispute than any other type of legal problem. With increasing frequency, many are attempting to address a family law issue without the benefit of legal representation, either by choice or by necessity.


Architects of Justice Podcast

Exploring Access to Justice in Ontario is a podcast that explores how people are finding new ways to improve access to justice. By bringing together multiple perspectives including users, community workers, students, and legal professionals, our goal is to spotlight different conversations about how we can make a more effective justice system.


Access to Justice in French

As part of Ontario’s second annual Access to Justice Week, PratiquO and the French Law Practice Program Joint Conference on October 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Justice For All

#JusticeForAll is a national opportunity for people to check their legal health by doing a short online quiz. The quiz asks questions about everyday legal issues and then connects people to local resources and activities to learn more or get legal help.




Access to Justice Innovation

Monday, October 23

9am – 1pm
Law Society of Upper Canada

Videos from this event.

This half-day program kicks off Access to Justice week by profiling innovative, community driven work from across the justice sector. How is this work progressing, is it making a difference and what’s needed to keep moving access to justice innovation forward?

Improving Health, Improving Service

Improving Health, Improving Service

Monday, October 23

4pm – 6pm
Law Society of Upper Canada

Video from this event.

Recent studies have indicated that lawyers are at a higher risk for anxiety, substance abuse and depression than those in the general population. This susceptibility begins in law school and eventually has an impact on society by affecting people who rely on lawyers to manage their everyday legal problems.


The Millennial Influence

Tuesday, October 24

11:30am – 1pm
University of Ottawa

Video from this event.

Known for doing things differently, Millennials are digital natives that are the next generation of justice system users and legal professionals. What does this mean for access to justice?

Paralegals and Access to Justice

Paralegals and Access to Justice

Wednesday, October 25

4pm – 6pm
Law Society of Upper Canada

Video from this event.

This session features a panel discussion about how paralegals are advancing access to justice in communities. It will be followed by a presentation about how paralegal students are responding to local access to justice needs through legal clinic field placements.


Include. Inform. Inspire.

Thursday, October 26

10am – 4pm
Chestnut Conference Centre

Videos from this event

This full day forum is open to community workers and others interested in public legal education and information. Sessions will explore legal information and legal advice, the role of trusted intermediaries hands-on learning about clear language, clear design, and other skills.


A2J2017 – Get Involved

When you hear the term access to justice – what comes to mind? For me, these words are about ensuring that the public feels confident in the justice system, that communities understand their legal rights and see their experiences reflected throughout the sector.

I am pleased that The Action Group on Access to Justice is working with several partners to organize Ontario’s second annual Access to Justice Week from October 23rd to 27th. Participating in the week provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the justice system, the diverse people involved and the changes we can effect together. Last year, many productive insights and connections were made. This year, the program builds on that foundation with sessions about access to justice as it relates to mental health, technology, public legal education and the importance of community driven initiatives.

Lawyers and paralegals play a critical role in advancing access to justice but they are not alone. We all have a role to play in making the justice system more accessible whether you are a legal professional, a student, a librarian or an Ontario resident. No matter where you are in the province or what role you play in the justice system there are various ways to participate in the Access to Justice Week conversation. Seize this opportunity to share your insights, innovations and ideas on social media using #A2J2017.

A just society is one that represents everyone. Never in our recent history has a commitment to access to justice been more important. I look forward to your contributions.

Paul B. Schabas
Treasurer, The Law Society of Upper Canada







Catch up on Last Year

Check out TAG’s events and activity from last year.

Access to Justice Week in Saskatchewan

Check out Saskatchewan’s Access to Justice Week.