Inventory of Government-Based Family Justice Services

Family Mediation Services

Province/Territory
Ontario

Type of service
Mediation

Services offered
Mediation is a voluntary way of resolving disputes where a trained mediator (usually social workers, lawyers, psychologists or other professionals) helps parties of relatively equal bargaining positions to resolve their family law issues.

Voluntary family mediation services are an integral part of the family justice system and clients are encouraged to make use of these services as an alternative to the court process. These services include mediation of most issues arising due to relationship breakdown: custody, access, support, possession of the matrimonial home and division of property/equalization of net family property.

Onsite mediation services are available to deal with narrow issues for parties on that days court list, and are free of charge. For parties with more complex issues or who require more than one session, off-site mediation services are available for a fee. The off-site services are available to all clients regardless of whether or not they have filed a court application.

Pilot or ongoing service
Ongoing. Mediation services are delivered by external service providers.

Department responsible
Ministry of the Attorney General

How to access this service
Self-referrals, referrals by judges, lawyers, duty counsel, court staff, community agencies.
The contact information for the family mediation and information service providers in each area can be found at the following website: http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/service_provider_by_family_court_location.asp

Location(s)
Government funded family mediation services are available in all family courts in Ontario.
[ Service(s) offered ]

Language(s)
English. French services are available in Barrie, Blind River, Brampton, Chatham, Cochrane, Collingwood, Cornwall, Elliot Lake, Espanola, Haileybury, Hamilton, Hearst, Kapuskasing, Kenora, Kingston, Kirkland Lake, Leamington, London, L’Orignal, Midland, North Bay, Orillia, Ottawa, Parry Sound, Pembroke, Renfrew, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Timmins, Toronto, Welland, and Windsor.

Publications/information
For more information about the court connected family mediation services visit the website at: http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/mediation.asp

Costs
User fees for the off-site mediation services are based on a sliding scale geared to income and number of dependants. There is no fee for on-site mediation.

Governing legislation/legislative authority
Not applicable

Contact person(s)
Program Management Branch
Ministry of the Attorney General
720 Bay Street, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2S9
(416) 326-3970 (tel.)
(416) 326-3070 (fax)

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