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TAG’s report provides helpful insights and contributes to key access to justice questions.

  • 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. 

    Report Highlights:

    • More than half (58%) of Millennials say finding information about even the basics of the Ontario’s legal system is a key challenge. 
    • The most frequent legal challenges experienced by Millennials were employment and work-related matters (16%) and housing law (16%). 
    • Millennials show keen interest in a range of access to justice initiatives. The most appealing was an online legal database that allows user to search for information about common legal problems, learn from other people’s experiences, or find a legal professional in their area. Nine in ten (91%) respondents felt this initiative was a good or very good idea. 

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    *Updated report posted on October 26, 2017
  • Public Perceptions of Access to Justice in Ontario

    TAG is pleased to release the results of Public Perceptions of Access to Justice in Ontario. Conducted by Abacus Data, this online study surveyed 1,500 Ontarians ages 18 and over in August 2016. 

    Highlights from the study include: 

    • 40 per cent of Ontarians do not believe that they have fair and equal access to the justice system 
    • Of those who have needed legal help, most of the respondents (46 per cent) sought advice from lawyers and almost one third (32 per cent) turned to friends or family for advice 
    • ​Surprisingly, only 26 per cent turned to the internet for information.

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  • Indigenous Justice: Examining the Over-Representation of Indigenous Children and Youth Exploratory Report

    Almost half—48.1 percent—of children and youth in foster care across Canada are Indigenous children, though Indigenous peoples account for only 4.3 percent of the total Canadian population. In Ontario, 25.5 percent of children in care are Indigenous, in a province where Indigenous children make up just 3.4 percent of the youth population.

    This disproportionate over-representation of Indigenous children and youth in care has reached crisis proportions. The reasons for this over-representation are complex and deeply rooted in Canada’s history: disenfranchisement and abuse across generations, segregation, discrimination, poverty, addiction, scarcity of resources and inaccessibility of support systems.

    The child welfare and justice systems are intertwined—participation in one often leads to contact with the other. This connection represents an opportunity: those with the power to remove barriers to the justice system stand not only to improve access to justice for all Canadians, but to reduce the over-representation of minority groups in care.

    For this reason, The Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) has convened an Indigenous Justice cluster to examine the over-representation of Indigenous children and youth in care in Ontario. The method is exploratory, focused on identifying potential action areas where TAG, as a facilitator, convenor or partner could make a useful contribution to addressing this critical justice issue.

    TAG employed consultant Wendelyn Johnson to facilitate two preliminary engagement sessions, one with Indigenous youth and one with representatives of the larger community responsible for Indigenous children and youth in care, in Toronto,ON in March and May, 2016. These sessions were approached through the lens of reconciliation and access to justice for First Nations, Métis Nation and Inuit peoples. 

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