Diversion - Text version


This infographic presents data collected via the 2016 (N=1,863) and 2017 (N=2,019 and N=2,027) National Justice Surveys (NJS). In 2017 some questions on diversionFootnote 1 were proceeded by scenarios depicting three persons who could be in the criminal justice system.

Canadians believe that the increase use of diversion could make the criminal justice system:

  • 79% more efficient
  • 69% more effective

42% diversion the preferred response for anyone accused of non-violent crime (unless specific case elements warrant more restrictive measures).

30% diversion should be used for first time offenders accused of non-violent crime.  


  • Sexual assault involving a minor
  • Reckless discharging a firearm
  • Trafficking in opioids while carrying a concealed weapon

52% to 68% favour diversion

Community-Based alternatives

A greater use of community-based alternatives to prosecution could:

A pie chart representing 55% with a description below that says: 55% reduce the over-representation of Indigenous people in the CJS.

A pie chart representing 50% with a description below that says: 50% reduce the over-representation of those with mental health and cognitive functioning issues.

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