Results at a glance

Evaluation of the Access to Justice in Both Official Languages Initiative (June 2017)

The purpose of the Access to Justice in Both Official Languages Initiative is to provide Canadians from official language minority communities (OLMCs) with access to legal information regarding their rights and responsibilities in the official language of their choice and, where necessary, with access to a justice system that meets their needs in that language. The Initiative is based on two main pillars: the Information pillar and the Training pillar. The Information pillar aims to offer legal information services that will help minority Francophone and Anglophone Canadians learn about their rights, obligations and responsibilities in the official language of their choice. The Training pillar involves the training and development of bilingual justice professionals in order to improve their language skills, thereby increasing their ability to offer services in French outside Quebec and in English in Quebec as part of their work within the justice system, including in the area of criminal law.

What was found

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About the evaluation

The Department of Justice Canada’s programs are evaluated every five years to meet the accountability requirements of the Treasury Board’s Policy on Results, address requirements of senior management, and inform the renewal of programs and agreements.

This evaluation covers the activities of the program carried out during a period of four fiscal years, from 2013–14 to 2016–17, using information collected through three lines of inquiry to assess the relevance and performance of the Initiative.

For the full report, please visit the Evaluation Division website.