Justice Partnership and Innovation Program
We are currently not accepting unsolicited funding proposals.
If you would like further information about the Budget 2021 funding regarding independent legal advice (description below), please contact PB-DGP@justice.gc.ca.
Budget 2021: Free Legal Advice
To help ensure access to free legal advice and legal representation for survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence, no matter where they live, Budget 2021 proposes to provide $85.3 million over five years, starting 2021-22, for Justice Canada. Funding will support a national program for independent legal advice and independent legal representation for victims of sexual assault, as well as to support pilot projects for victims of intimate partner violence.
The Department of Justice manages the Justice Partnership and Innovation Program, which supports activities that respond effectively to the changing conditions effecting Canadian justice policy. Whether it is promoting or supporting newly reformed justice systems or improving the delivery of justice services, the Program allows the Department to develop and test these approaches in collaboration with organizations other levels of government.
Who is eligible?
- Canadian not-for-profit organizations;
- Provincial and territorial governments, regional and municipal governments, provincial and territorial Crown corporations;
- Canadian educational institutions/boards of education;
- International governments or international non-governmental organizations, including bodies associated with organizations of which Canada is a member;
- Bands, tribal councils, self-governing First Nations and Inuit.
The objectives of the Program are:
- To promote and encourage involvement in the identification of emerging trends, issues and/or gaps and possible responses with respect to the justice system.
- To promote innovations in the justice system to ensure greater access to the justice system.
- To build knowledge, awareness, understanding and informed dialogue among justice stakeholders and/or the public on justice issues including access to justice, racism, official languages, anti-terrorism, sentencing and other emerging justice issues, including justice related issues in the international fora.
- To inform Canadians about access to justice issues and the justice system in order to contribute to increased public understanding, participation, confidence and trust in the justice system.
- Workshops, conferences, symposiums;
- Training sessions;
- Pilot, demonstration and research projects;
- Public legal education and information projects.
How to Apply for Funding
To apply for funding, please fill out the Funding Application Form.
In support of Section 41 of the Official Languages Act, the Department is committed to facilitate the participation of official language minority communities and their organizations in the development and assessment of the Department's policies, programs and services having significant impact on the development of the communities; and to take measures to ensure that the Department of Justice's programs and services reach official language minority communities. In the context of project funding, these measures include:
- outreach to official language minority communities to enhance their understanding of the Department of Justice funding programs; and
- encouraging contacts between organizations that are receiving financial assistance and official language minority organizations/groups to ensure that the needs of these communities are taken into consideration in relation to the proposed projects to be considered for Department of Justice Canada funding.
The Department of Justice encourages you to submit proposals electronically. If you submit your application on paper, please consider printing on both sides of the paper. These actions will minimize environmental impacts.
Publications and Resources
Contribution Funds for Non-Governmental Organizations, a Handbook (HTML)
We designed this guide as a reference tool to help you better understand and comply with the financial requirements described in contribution agreements. We recommended that you review this handbook if you receive funding for your project.
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