Canadian Bar Association British Columbia

Canadian Bar Association British Columbia

April 15, 2013 18:42 ET

Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC) Supports Legal Aid Funding Resolutions

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - April 15, 2013) - Kerry L. Simmons, president of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch (CBABC) issued the following statement today in recognition of recent decisions to support a legal aid funding resolution:

"The CBABC appreciates the initiative of the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC) in supporting this resolution and recognizing the importance of legal aid in our communities. We also extend our thanks to the members of Lantzville Council for joining our efforts to put justice issues at the forefront for British Columbians.

"Earlier this year, one of our members (Lantzville Councillor Jennifer Millbank) was successful in presenting a legal aid resolution to Council. Yesterday, AVICC voted in favour of ensuring the resolution is considered at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Annual General Meeting in September.

"The CBABC has been working tirelessly to increase legal aid funding in BC, and has been seeking support through local municipalities, chambers of commerce and political parties with a number of submissions and economic briefs. It is fitting that during Law Week 2013 we continue to see Access to Justice issues raised by businesses and communities throughout BC."

Learn more:

Learn about the business case for legal aid funding in BC (

AVICC Resolution (R30/pg 57 in Supplementary Materials Package) presented April 14, 2013

Submission to the BC Chamber of Commerce

Various submissions to government and other advocacy papers

Learn about the CBABC's An Agenda for Justice platform document here

Learn about Law Week 2013 activities here (

The Canadian Bar Association is the professional organization representing more than 38,000 lawyers, judges and law students in Canada, including 6,900 members in British Columbia.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Bar Association of British Columbia
    Maureen Cameron
    Director of Membership, Volunteers and Public Affairs