Community-Based Justice Fund


The Community-Based Justice Fund supports community-based justice programs in partnership with Aboriginal communities. Programs are cost-shared with provincial and territorial governments and designed to reflect the culture and values of the communities in which they are situated.

The AJS currently funds 197 community-based programs that serve over 750 communities.

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Community-based justice programs use various approaches to make the justice system more responsive and effective and to address the justice needs of the community or communities they serve, such as:

  • diversion;
  • the development of pre-sentencing options;
  • sentencing alternatives (circles);
  • use of Justices of the Peace;
  • family and civil mediation; and,
  • additional community justice services , including victims support or offender-reintegration services that support the overall goals of the AJS.

Activities can fall at any point along the justice continuum, including prevention, pre-charge, post-charge and reintegration.

Who is eligible?

Any of the following may be eligible for contribution funding under the Community-Based Justice Fund:

  • First Nations, bands, Tribal Councils, local, regional and national Aboriginal organizations;
  • regional/municipal governments including their agencies and institutions;
  • non-profit community organizations, societies, and associations which have voluntarily associated themselves for a non-profit purpose; and,
  • provincial and territorial governments (in the case of flow-through agreements).

How to Apply

There is no call for proposal process for this program stream. If you are interested in discussing a funding proposal, we encourage you to contact a Regional Coordinator in your jurisdiction.

Proposals received are reviewed by the Regional Coordinator in consultation with the Provincial/Territorial partners. Assessment factors may include community requirements and the availability of funds.

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