Meet legal needs


2.1 Focus on legal needs for everyone

Focus on addressing service gaps for basic, essential legal services including family law, wills, employment, housing and consumer issues

2.2 Encourage innovation

Develop and expand alternative ways to get legal help including different kinds of professionals, partnerships or ways of doing business

2.3 Expand scope of legal aid

Make legal aid available to more people and for a wider range of legal problems

2.4 Focus on access to justice

Emphasize the responsibility of lawyers and paralegals to fill access to justice gaps

Progress in 2018

Meeting everyone’s legal needs means building on what is already working and expanding and adapting service models to make more legal services available to more people. This includes legal help for the wide range of legal issues that people face, in language they understand, to pursue the legal options that work best for them. Meeting legal needs means expanding and innovating legal services while also maintaining existing legal aid and pro bono.

Meeting legal needs also requires finding ways to deliver legal services in different languages, reflecting different approaches to dispute resolution, available across big distances. Technology and creativity are being used to meet the same range of needs in remote and rural communities as in cities. New court-based models and alternatives to litigation are being integrated as dispute resolution options in both cities and small communities. This summary of projects and changes to legal services are some of the new ways to meet legal needs instituted in 2018. 

Click here to learn about 2018 activities to advance Goal 2: Meet Legal Needs

Read the whole report here: Working Toward Accessible Justice: Tracking Progress on the JDGs in 2018

Read the 2017 Report: Tracking Progress on Canada's JDGs:


Organizations advancing this Goal:

Organization’s English Website


Organization’s French Website


Justice Canada


Ministère de la Justice

National Self-Represented Litigants Project



Pro Bono Students Canada


Réseau national d’étudiant(e)s pro bono


Alberta Legal Services Project



Pro Bono Law Alberta



Reforming the Family Justice System







Access Pro Bono BC



Ministry of Attorney General



Mediate BC




Community Legal Education Association



Legal Aid Manitoba



Legal Help Centre of Winnipeg, Inc.




Ministry of Justice and Public Safety


Ministère de la Justice et Sécurité publique


Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador



Newfoundland and Labrador Courts




Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia



Nova Scotia Courts



Nova Scotia Legal Aid


Aide juridique de la Nouvelle-Écosse

Department of Justice (Court Services)



Department of Justice




Law Society Nunavut


Barreau Du Nunavut

Ministry of Justice


Ministry of Justice


NWT Legal Aid Commission


NWT Legal aid Commission


Pro Bono Ontario




Community Legal Information Association PEI



PEI Courts




Justice Quebec


Justice Quebec

Mobile Legal Clinic


Mobile Legal Clinic

Pro Bono Quebec



Cour du Québec


Court of Québec


Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City Inc. (CLASSIC)



Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan



Ministry of Justice



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