Department of Justice Canada

Department of Justice Canada

April 07, 2009 10:21 ET

Government of Canada Provides Funding to Assist the Law Courts Education Society of British Columbia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 7, 2009) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced $40,000 in federal funding to the Law Courts Education Society of British Columbia.

With this funding the Law Courts Education Society of British Columbia aims to develop, implement and assess an innovative model of public legal education and information (PLEI) service delivery in partnership with the "We Can End All Violence against Women" coalition of British Columbia. The project will introduce PLEI into campaign outreach materials and training programs, train coalition members on their use, ensure that PLEI is a part of campaign activities, and evaluate this innovative model of integrated PLEI and service delivery.

"Public Legal Education and Information activities provide Canadians with the legal information they need to make informed decisions and participate effectively in the justice system," said Minister Day. "These activities contribute to ensuring that Canada has an accessible and responsive justice system that meets the needs of its citizens."

The Law Courts Education Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving access to the legal system through hands-on, targeted, two-way education between the public and those working in the justice system.

The investment highlighted today falls under the Justice Partnership and Innovation Program, administered by the Department of Justice Canada, which supports activities that respond to the changing conditions affecting Canadian justice policy.

For more information on the Justice Partnership and Innovation Program: http://www.justice.gc.ca/en/ps/pb/prog/jpif.html.

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