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Department of Justice Canada

July 14, 2016 16:17 ET

Government of Canada Helps Make Family Justice More Accessible in Calgary

Funding for Family Law Education Program for Chinese immigrants

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - July 14, 2016) - Department of Justice Canada

It is important that families experiencing separation or divorce have access to information, tools and services to help them make decisions and resolve issues in their children's best interests. Language, cultural and social barriers can present challenges to some families. In these circumstances, non-profit organizations can provide important support.

Today, Darshan Kang, the Member of Parliament for Calgary Skyview, announced funding of $58,404 to the Calgary Chinese Community Service Association for the development of a family law education program aimed at making family law information more accessible to Chinese immigrants in Calgary. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

The funding was provided through the Supporting Families Fund, which supports initiatives aimed at helping families experiencing separation or divorce. This fund is administered by the Department of Justice Canada.

Quotes

"I am very pleased that our government is providing funding to help make family law information more accessible to Chinese immigrants in Calgary. In Canada, we value diversity and the contributions made by immigrants. Helping those in need strengthens our community as a whole."

- Darshan Kang, Member of Parliament for Calgary Skyview

"The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that everyone in Canada has access to justice. The funding provided to the Calgary Chinese Community Service Association for its Family Law Education Program will go a long way towards making family justice more accessible to Chinese families in Calgary."

- The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

"Over the past few years, we have seen a steadily growing need for family law information and services presented in a way that Chinese families in our community can understand. We are grateful to the Government of Canada for providing funding for our Family Law Education Program to help meet the family law needs of Chinese families in Calgary."

- Lily Kwok, Executive Director, Calgary Chinese Community Services Association

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Backgrounder

Supporting Families Experiencing Separation or Divorce

Separation and divorce can be very stressful for families. In cases where there is ongoing high conflict between parents, there can be long-term, negative effects on children. When parents can come to arrangements without going to court, the separation and divorce process can be less stressful, less time-consuming and more efficient.

This backgrounder highlights some of the ways in which the Government of Canada helps families make decisions and resolve issues related to separation or divorce out of court.

Supporting Families Fund

This fund is administered by the Department of Justice Canada. Its main objectives are:

  • to make family justice more accessible to families experiencing separation or divorce; and
  • to encourage people to comply with family obligations such as child support following separation or divorce.

Since its establishment in April 2009, the Supporting Families Fund has contributed $15.5 million annually to the provincial and territorial governments for the development and implementation of family justice services and programs such as mediation and parent education. These services help parents make decisions and reach appropriate agreements about child support, parenting arrangements, and other important matters related to separation or divorce.

Funding assistance is also available to non-government organizations for the development of information and activities to help families experiencing separation or divorce. Non-government organizations are particularly helpful in reaching families that may have difficulty accessing family justice because of language, cultural or socio-economic barriers.

Non-governmental organizations may also receive funding to develop training resources for professionals who regularly deal with family law issues.

Free Resources

The Department of Justice Canada has produced a variety of free resources to help families deal with separation and divorce. Some examples are:

- a parenting plan guide, checklist and tool with sample clauses to help parents set up and agree on a workable parenting plan that will be in their children's best interests;

- a step-by-step guide and an online child support table lookup to help parents calculate an appropriate amount of child support under the Federal Child Support Guidelines; and

- a booklet and an online calendar to help children understand and adapt to the changes taking place in their family.

These products and other general information related to separation and divorce can be found on the Government of Canada website at www.Canada.ca/family-law.

The parenting plan guide, the step-by-step guide for calculating child support, and the booklet for children are also available in print, free of charge. This is particularly helpful for people who do not have easy access to the Internet.

These free publications and general information about family law can be obtained by calling the Department of Justice Canada's toll-free family law information line at 1-888-373-2222 or by sending an email to fcyinfofea@justice.gc.ca.

The Department of Justice Canada does not give out legal advice or interpret the law for members of the public. People who need that type of information should contact a lawyer who practises family law.

July 2016

Department of Justice Canada

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    Office of the Minister of Justice
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