Inventory of Government-Based Family Justice Services

Mandatory Information Program (Ontario)

Province/Territory
Ontario

Type of service
Parent Education and Information

Services offered
Mandatory Information Programs (MIPs) are available at family court locations across Ontario. MIPs provide attendees with information about separation/divorce and the legal process, including:

  • The effects of separation and divorce on adults and children;
  • Alternatives to litigation;
  • Family law issues;
  • The family court process; and,
  • Local legal and non-legal resources and programs for adults and children
If either spouse/parent has started a family court case, both spouses/parents must attend the MIP as the first step in the case. There are some exceptions to this rule including:
  • Parties in cases that are proceeding on consent (where both parties agree to the order that is being requested);
  • Parties in cases in which the only claims made are for a divorce, costs, or an order incorporating the terms of an agreement or prior court order; or,
  • Parties who have already attended a mandatory information program.

Pilot or ongoing service
Ongoing service

Department responsible
Ministry of the Attorney General

How to access this service
Appointments are scheduled at the time the originating document is issued at the counter.

If you are not involved in a family court case, you can contact the family mediation and information service provider in your area to arrange to attend a MIP.

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)
The sessions are generally held in the courthouses in each community.
[ 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
The Ministry of the Attorney General website at: http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/parentinfo.asp

Costs
No charge

Governing legislation/legislative authority
Rule 8.1-Family Law Rules.

http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/regs/english/elaws_regs_990114_e.htm

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

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