2015-16 Report on Plans and Priorities (RPP) - Supplementary Information Tables

Details on Transfer Payment Programs (TPP)

Transfer Payment Programs of $5 Million or More During the Reporting Year

Access to Justice in Both Official Languages Support Fund

Name of transfer payment program

Access to Justice in Both Official Languages Support Fund (Voted)

Start date

April 1, 2003

End date

Ongoing

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2009-2010

Strategic Outcome

A fair, relevant and accessible Canadian justice system

Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

1.1 Stewardship of the Canadian Legal Framework

1.1.2 Justice System Support

1.1.2.5 Aboriginal and Northern Justice

Description

The Fund is designed to facilitate access to justice in both official languages through various means, including the creation of legal and linguistic tools, workshops and training to bilingual lawyers and stakeholders of the justice system, the development of related training material and provision of public legal education and information. Its objectives are to increase the capacity of the justice system and its stakeholders to offer justice services in both official languages and to increase awareness in the legal community and official language minority and majority communities concerning their rights and issues related to access to justice in both official languages.

Expected results
  • Canadians have access to a criminal justice system capable of offering services in both official languages.
  • Canadians have access to legal information regarding their rights and responsibilities in the official language of choice through a hub that will provide Canadians with legal information through a telephone helpline, online or in person.
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation

2012-2013

Decision following the results of last evaluation

Continuation

Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation

2017-2018

General targeted recipient groups
  • Canadian not-for-profit organizations
  • Provincial and territorial governments, regional and municipal governments, provincial and territorial Crown corporations
  • Canadian institutions/boards of education, including centres for jurilinguistics
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

The Department, through the Official Languages Directorate, consults regularly with official languages minority stakeholders to ensure that the Fund continues to respond to their needs and evolves accordingly. In addition, provincial and territorial representatives are engaged during the annual Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) meeting on access to justice in both official languages to discuss issues related to the needs of official languages minority communities in the area of access to justice.

Access to Justice in Both Official Languages Support Fund - Details of Transfer Payment Program
  Forecast Spending
2014–15
Planned Spending
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Total grants 121,070 600,000 600,000 600,000
Total contributions 6,185,831 5,892,845 5,892,845 5,892,845
Total transfer payments 6,306,901 6,492,845 6,492,845 6,492,845

Aboriginal Justice Strategy Fund

Name of transfer payment program

Aboriginal Justice Strategy Fund (Voted)

Start date

1991-1992 as Aboriginal Justice Initiative

End date

Ongoing

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2011-2012

Strategic Outcome

A fair, relevant and accessible Canadian justice system

Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

1.1 Stewardship of the Canadian Legal Framework

1.1.2 Justice System Support

1.1.2.5 Aboriginal and Northern Justice

Description

The Aboriginal Justice Strategy (AJS) enables Aboriginal communities to have increased involvement in the local administration of justice services and, as such, provides timely and effective alternatives to mainstream justice processes in appropriate circumstances.

Objectives of the AJS are: to contribute to a decrease in the rate of victimization, crime and incarceration among Aboriginal people in communities operating AJS programs; to assist Aboriginal people to assume greater responsibility for the administration of justice services in their communities; to provide better and more timely information about community justice programs funded by AJS; and to reflect and include Aboriginal values within the justice system.

Expected results

To provide a justice system that responds to the needs of Aboriginal people by providing culturally relevant programs. Performance indicator is the percentage of individuals (referred to an AJS program) who have completed the program.

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation

2011-2012

Decision following the results of last evaluation

Continuation

Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation

2016-2017

General targeted recipient groups

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

Capacity Building Fund – (a) First Nations, bands, Tribal Councils, local, regional and national Aboriginal organizations; (b) regional/municipal governments including their agencies and institutions; (c) non-profit community organizations, societies, and associations which have voluntarily associated themselves for a non-profit purpose; (d) provincial and territorial governments; (e) individuals; and (f) for-profit corporations, so long as these corporations will not make a profit on the work performed.

Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

The AJS regularly engages with its partners and recipients through various working groups, including the AJS Federal-Provincial-Territorial Working Group, and shares information via the AJS website and through telephone and email contact.

Aboriginal Justice Strategy Fund - Details of Transfer Payment Program
  Forecast Spending
2014–15
Planned Spending
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Total grants 50,000 50,000 50,000 0
Total contributions 12,450,000 12,650,000 12,650,000 2,900,000
Total transfer payments 12,500,000 12,700,000 12,700,000 2,900,000

Legal Aid Systems

Name of transfer payment program

Legal Aid Systems (Voted)

Start date

August 17, 1971

End date

Ongoing

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2013-2014

Strategic Outcome

A fair, relevant and accessible Canadian justice system

Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

1.1 Stewardship of the Canadian Legal Framework

1.1.2 Justice System Support

1.1.2.1 Criminal Justice and Legal Representation

Description

The objective of the federal Legal Aid Program is to contribute to sustaining a national system of justice that helps to ensure that economically disadvantaged persons have access to the justice system, through contribution funding in support of criminal, youth criminal and immigration and refugee legal aid services justice provided by the provinces (funding for criminal and civil legal aid in the territories is provided through the Access to Justice Services Agreements).

Expected results

Provinces are enabled to provide legal aid services to eligible persons involved in serious criminal, youth criminal justice, and immigration and refugee matters.

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation

2011-2012

Decision following the results of last evaluation

Continuation

Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation

2016-2017

General targeted recipient groups

Provinces

Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

Ongoing meetings with the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Permanent Working Group on Legal Aid to support the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Deputy Ministers responsible for Justice and Public Safety on matters relating to legal aid such as policy development and funding.

Legal Aid Systems - Details of Transfer Payment Program
  Forecast Spending
2014–15
Planned Spending
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 120,327,507 120,327,507 119,827,507 108,327,507
Total transfer payments 120,327,507 120,327,507 119,827,507 108,327,507

Youth Justice Services

Name of transfer payment program

Youth Justice Services Funding Program (Voted)

Start date

April 2, 1984

End date

Ongoing

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2012-2013

Strategic Outcome

A fair, relevant and accessible Canadian justice system

Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

1.1 Stewardship of the Canadian Legal Framework 

1.1.2 Justice System Support

1.1.2.3 Youth Justice

Description

The overall objective of this Program is to support the policy directions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act by financially assisting the provinces and territories in their provision of a range of youth justice services and programs that are consistent with federal policy objectives. The specific objectives of the individual agreements with provinces and territories are to support and promote an appropriate range of programs and services that encourage accountability measures for unlawful behavior that are proportionate and timely; encourage the effective rehabilitation and reintegration of young persons into their communities; target the formal court process to the most serious offences; and target detention and custody to the most serious offences.

Expected results

A sustainable youth justice system that is capable of innovation and supports federal youth justice priorities.

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation

2010-2011

Decision following the results of last evaluation

Continuation

Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation

2015-2016

General targeted recipient groups

Provinces and territories

Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

Recipients are engaged through the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Working Group on Youth Justice Cost Sharing and Programs which serves as a forum for ongoing monitoring and discussions of inter-jurisdictional issues concerning youth corrections.

Youth Justice Services - Details of Transfer Payment Program
  Forecast Spending
2014–15
Planned Spending
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 141,692,415 141,692,415 141,692,415 141,692,415
Total transfer payments 141,692,415 141,692,415 141,692,415 141,692,415

Supporting Families Experiencing Separation and Divorce Fund (Supporting Families Fund)

Name of transfer payment program

Supporting Families Fund (Voted)

Start date

April 1, 2009

End date

March 31, 2017

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2009-2010

Strategic Outcome

A fair, relevant and accessible Canadian justice system

Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

1.1 Stewardship of the Canadian Legal Framework

1.1.2 Justice System Support

1.1.2.4 Family Justice

Description

The Supporting Families Fund is a key component of the Supporting Families Experiencing Separation and Divorce Initiative (Supporting Families Initiative), which was announced by the Minister of Justice in September 2008 and launched on April 1, 2009. The Fund, renewed on April 1, 2014, for three years ending on March 31, 2017, is aimed at facilitating access to the family justice system for families experiencing separation and divorce through various services, programs, and information resources, particularly those that promote compliance with financial support and custody/access obligations. The Fund provides support to provincial and territorial governments for the development and delivery of family justice programs and services. The Fund also supports non-governmental organizations for developing information and training resources that promote public awareness about parental obligations, compliance, and the family justice system.

Expected results
  • Expanded accessibility of custody/access, support and enforcement services
  • Enhanced awareness and understanding of family law obligations, compliance, and the family justice system
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation

2013-2014

Decision following the results of last evaluation

Continuation

Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation

2016-2017

General targeted recipient groups

Provincial and territorial departments, agencies, or other organizations designated by provincial and territorial governments as responsible for child support, the enforcement of support orders and agreements and parenting arrangement programs and services, are eligible to apply for contribution funding under the Family Justice Initiatives and the Pilot Projects components of the Fund.

Any of the following may apply for contribution or grant funding under the Public Legal Education and Information and Professional Training component of the Fund:

  • individuals
  • non-profit professional organizations, societies or associations
  • other non-profit organizations, societies or associations
  • educational institutions
  • private sector organizations sponsoring non-profit projects in partnership with federal, provincial, or territorial governments.
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

The Family, Children and Youth Section (FCY) will continue to engage its provincial and territorial partners on an ongoing basis to discuss issues related to family law policy development, legislation and the Supporting Families Fund. In addition, the FCY Section and the Programs Branch will continue to share program information with applicants and recipients through the Department of Justice Canada website and other means such as e-mail or telephone contacts.

Supporting Families Experiencing Separation and Divorce Fund (Supporting Families Fund) - Details of Transfer Payment Program
  Forecast Spending
2014–15
Planned Spending
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Total grants 0 50,000 50,000 0
Total contributions 16,000,000 15,950,000 15,950,000 0
Total transfer payments 16,000,000 16,000,000 16,000,000 0

Victims of Crime

Name of transfer payment program

Victims of Crime (Voted)

Start date

Victims of Crime Initiative (VCI) April 1, 2005, and Federal Victims Strategy (FVS) April 1, 2007

End date

Ongoing

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2012-2013

Strategic Outcome

A fair, relevant and accessible Canadian justice system

Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

1.1 Stewardship of the Canadian Legal Framework

1.1.2 Justice System Support

1.1.2.2 Victims of Crime

Description

The Victims Fund is a grants and contributions fund designed to support the objectives of the Federal Victims Strategy to give victims a more effective voice in the criminal justice system. The Victims Fund provides funding to governmental and non-governmental organizations to implement a wide range of victim-focused projects and activities. The Fund also provides financial assistance to eligible Canadians victimized abroad as well as to registered victims of crime to attend Parole Board of Canada hearings.

Expected results
  • A more effective voice for victims in the criminal justice system
  • Enhanced capacity for the delivery of appropriate, responsive victim services
  • Increased awareness and knowledge of victim issues, legislation and services available
  • Expanded scope and reach of victims services
  • Reduced financial hardship for victims of crime
  • Increased access to services for victims interacting with the criminal justice system
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation

2010-2011

Decision following the results of last evaluation

Continuation

Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation

2015-2016

General targeted recipient groups

(a) Not-for-profit non-governmental organizations; (b) Professional organizations, such as the Canadian Bar Association; (c) Canadian educational institutions/Boards of Education; (d) International governmental and non-governmental organizations, including bodies associated or affiliated with organizations of which Canada is a member; (e) Private sector organizations sponsoring non-profit projects/activities; (f) Bands, Tribal Councils and self-governing First Nations who are working to provide services and assistance to victims of crime in Aboriginal communities; (g) Provincial, territorial, municipal and regional governments and agencies; and (h) Individuals

Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

The Policy Centre for Victims Issues (PCVI) engages provincial and territorial partners, as well as non-governmental stakeholders from a variety of fields, on an ongoing basis to discuss issues related to policy development, legislation and the Victims Fund. Victims Fund applicants and recipients are engaged through specific calls for funding proposals, for example in support of the National Victims of Crime Awareness Week. Finally, regular outreach and communications activities of PCVI (e.g., updated PCVI website, PCVI newsletters, and the National Victims of Crime Advisory Committee) continue to engage applicants and recipients in on-going issues of mutual interest.

Victims of Crime - Details of Transfer Payment Program
  Forecast Spending
2014–15
Planned Spending
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Total grants 1,891,713 3,250,000 3,250,000 3,250,000
Total contributions 9,611,510 9,148,159 9,381,406 9,497,948
Total transfer payments 11,503,223 12,398,159 12,631,406 12,747,948

Youth Justice Services - Intensive Rehabilitative Custody and Supervision Program

Name of transfer payment program

Youth Justice Services - Intensive Rehabilitative Custody and Supervision Program (voted)

Start date

April 1, 2002

End date

Ongoing

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2012-2013

Strategic Outcome

A fair, relevant and accessible Canadian justice system

Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

1.1 Stewardship of the Canadian Legal Framework

1.1.2 Justice System Support

1.1.2.3 Youth Justice

Description

The Intensive Rehabilitative Custody and Supervision (IRCS) Program provides federal funding to all provinces and territories to ensure that they have the capacity required to carry out assessments and provide therapeutic programs and services to youth convicted of serious violent offences and who are suffering from mental health issues. The overall objective of this Program is to financially assist the provinces and territories in providing the specialized services required for the implementation of the IRCS sentence pursuant to paragraph 42(2)(r) and subsection 42(7) of the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other sentencing options applicable under the Act to serious violent youth offenders with mental health issues. It is expected that these services might reduce the likelihood of further violence in those convicted of the most serious violent offences.

Expected results

Provinces and territories will have the financial capacity to implement sentencing options that involve specialized treatment programs to address the mental health issues of serious violent youth offenders.

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation

2010-2011

Decision following the results of last evaluation

Continuation

Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation

2015-2016

General targeted recipient groups

Provinces and territories

Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

Recipients are engaged through the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Working Group on Youth Justice Cost Sharing and Programs which serves as a forum for ongoing monitoring and discussion of inter-jurisdictional issues concerning youth corrections.

Youth Justice Services - Intensive Rehabilitative Custody and Supervision Program - Details of Transfer Payment Program
  Forecast Spending
2014–15
Planned Spending
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 10,748,000 11,048,000 11,048,000 11,048,000
Total transfer payments 10,748,000 11,048,000 11,048,000 11,048,000

Implementation of Official Languages Requirements under the Contraventions Act

Name of transfer payment program

Implementation of Official Languages Requirements under the Contraventions Act (Voted)

Start date

April 1, 2002

End date

Ongoing

Fiscal year for terms and conditions

2010-2011

Strategic Outcome

A fair, relevant and accessible Canadian justice system

Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

1.1 Stewardship of the Canadian Legal Framework

1.1.2 Justice System Support

1.1.2.6 Justice in Official Languages

Description

The Contraventions Act provides an alternative to the summary conviction procedure of the Criminal Code for the prosecution of certain offences under federal statutes and regulations. It allows certain federal offences to be prosecuted, using provincial court processes, by means of a ticketing scheme.  In 2001, the Federal Court concluded that while the federal government is authorized to use the prosecution scheme of a province to prosecute federal contraventions, it must comply with all language rights requirements that would be applicable in the context of a purely federal prosecution scheme. As a result, in 2003, the federal government established the Contraventions Act Fund to support the implementation of the Contraventions Act in a manner consistent with all applicable constitutional and legislative language rights.

The Fund aims to support provinces and territories in respect of judicial activities and extra-judicial services in both official languages to conform to the Federal Court decision in respect of proceedings instituted under the Contraventions Act.

Expected results

Canadians in designated areas who have received a federal contravention have access to the justice system using the official language of their choice.

Fiscal year of last completed evaluation

2011-2012

Decision following the results of last evaluation

Continuation

Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation

2017-2018

General targeted recipient groups

Provincial and territorial departments and agencies and municipalities designated by provincial and territorial governments as being responsible for judicial activities and for providing extra-judicial services in both official languages.

Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients

None – The Fund is directly linked to the implementation of the Contraventions Act across Canada and access to the Fund is limited to other orders of government.

Implementation of Official Languages Requirements under the Contraventions Act - Details of Transfer Payment Program
  Forecast Spending
2014–15
Planned Spending
2015–16
Planned Spending
2016–17
Planned Spending
2017–18
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 3,810,821 9,094,900 9,094,900 9,094,900
Total transfer payments 3,810,821 9,094,900 9,094,900 9,094,900

Transfer Payment Programs Under $5 Million During the Reporting Year

Drug Treatment Court Funding Program
Name of transfer payment program Drug Treatment Court Funding Program (Voted)
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contributions
Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

1.1 Stewardship of the Canadian Legal Framework

1.1.2 Justice System Support

1.1.2.1 Criminal Justice and Legal Representation

Main objective
  • To promote and strengthen the use of alternatives to incarceration with a particular focus on Aboriginal men and women and street prostitutes;
  • To build knowledge and awareness among criminal justice, health and social service practitioners, and the general public about drug treatment courts; and
  • To collect information and data on the effectiveness of DTCs in order to promote best practices and the continuing refinement of approaches.
Planned spending for 2015–16 $3,631,276
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2014-2015
General targeted recipient groups

(a) National, provincial, municipal, Aboriginal, community-based or professional organizations, societies and associations which have voluntarily associated themselves for a non-profit purpose, and which have a mandate to represent or serve their memberships or communities; and,

(b) Provincial, territorial, municipal and regional governments, institutions or agencies.

(c) Individuals, for-profit groups or Crown Corporations are not eligible for funding under the DTC Funding Program.

Integrated Market Enforcement Teams Reserve Fund (IMET)
Name of transfer payment program Integrated Market Enforcement Teams Reserve Fund (IMET) (Voted)
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contributions
Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

1.1 Stewardship of the Canadian Legal Framework

1.1.2 Justice System Support

1.1.2.1 Criminal Justice and Legal Representation

Main objective To assist Provincial Attorney Generals by defraying certain prosecution related costs arising from IMET investigations.
Planned spending for 2015–16 $550,000
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2010-2011
General targeted recipient groups Provinces
Public Security and Anti-terrorism - Legal Aid
Name of transfer payment program Public Security and Anti-terrorism - Legal Aid (Voted)
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contributions
Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

1.1 Stewardship of the Canadian Legal Framework

1.1.2 Justice System Support

1.1.2.1 Criminal Justice and Legal Representation

Main objective Provides contribution funding to the provinces and territories and their legal aid delivery entities to cover legal aid costs for eligible persons charged under the federal government’s anti-terrorism legislation in order to reduce the likelihood of a constitutional stay of proceedings due to a lack of defense counsel.
Planned spending for 2015–16 $2,000,000
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2011-2012
General targeted recipient groups Provinces, territories and their legal aid delivery entities (and in the case of a territory an access to justice services delivery entity)
Justice Partnership and Innovation Program (JPIP)
Name of transfer payment program Justice Partnership and Innovation Program (JPIP) (Voted)
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Grants and Contributions
Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

1.1 Stewardship of the Canadian Legal Framework

1.1.2 Justice System Support

1.1.2.1 Criminal Justice and Legal Representation

Main objective The overall objective of the Program is to support policy directions of the Department on issues related to family violence, violence against Aboriginal women and girls, and access to justice, and to support partnerships that contribute to building awareness, knowledge, understanding and engaging the public and justice stakeholders in order to identify viable changes related to justice issues.
Planned spending for 2015–16 $2,712,101
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2011-2012
General targeted recipient groups

(a) Canadian not-for-profit organizations;

(b) Provincial and territorial governments, regional and municipal governments, provincial and territorial Crown corporations;

(c) Canadian educational institutions/boards of education;

(d) Provincially designated Public Legal Education and Information organizations;

(e) Bands, Tribal Councils, self-governing First Nations and Inuit.

(f) Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police for the Law Amendments Committee;

(g) Canadian Association of Provincial Court Judges;

(h) Canadian Society for Forensic Science;

(i) National Judicial Institute;

(j) Uniform Law Conference of Canada

(k) International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy; and,

(l) Individuals

International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (Unidroit)
Name of transfer payment program International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (Unidroit) (Voted)
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contributions
Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

1.1 Stewardship of the Canadian Legal Framework

1.1.2 Justice System Support

1.1.2.1 Criminal Justice and Legal Representation

Main objective Its purposes are to examine ways of harmonizing and coordinating the private law of States and group of States, and to prepare gradually for the adoption by the various States of uniform rules of private law. Canada fulfills its international policy objectives by participating in the work of the organization.
Planned spending for 2015–16 $80,000
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2011-2012
General targeted recipient groups International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (Unidroit)
Aboriginal Courtwork Program
Name of transfer payment program Aboriginal Courtwork Program
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contributions
Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

1.1 Stewardship of the Canadian Legal Framework

1.1.2 Justice System Support

1.1.2.5 Aboriginal and Northern Justice

Main objective The objective of the Aboriginal Courtwork Program is to improve access to justice by helping Aboriginal people involved in the criminal justice system (whether as accused persons, victims, witnesses or family members) obtain fair, just, equitable and culturally sensitive treatment. It is the only ongoing justice related program available to all Aboriginal people (adult and youth), regardless of status and residency. The Program provides Aboriginal persons in contact with the criminal justice system with timely and accurate information on their rights, obligations, roles and responsibilities at the earliest possible stage and throughout the criminal justice process. Services also include referring clients to appropriate legal and social resources in their community. Aboriginal Courtworkers serve as a “bridge” between criminal justice officials and Aboriginal people and communities by providing information, cultural context, and liaison, and promoting communications and understanding.
Planned spending for 2015–16 $4,911,363
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2012-2013
General targeted recipient groups Federal contributions will be made to provincial governments to provide Aboriginal Courtwork services to Aboriginal persons (adults and youths) involved in the criminal justice system. A province may authorize one or more agencies to deliver Aboriginal Courtwork services on its behalf. All designated delivery agencies are accountable to the funders. Federal contributions to support Aboriginal Courtwork services in the territories are directed through the Access to Justice Service Agreements with the territories. In addition, the Projects in Support of the Aboriginal Courtwork Program component provide modest support for projects that further the mandate of the Program.
Hague Conference on Private International Law
Name of transfer payment program Hague Conference on Private International Law (Voted)
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contributions
Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

1.1 Stewardship of the Canadian Legal Framework

1.1.2 Justice System Support

1.1.2.1 Criminal Justice and Legal Representation

Main objective Its purpose is to work for the progressive unification of the rules of private international law. Canada fulfills its international policy objectives by participating in the work of the organization
Planned spending for 2015–16 $250,000
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2011-2012
General targeted recipient groups Hague Conference on Private International Law
Youth Justice Fund
Name of transfer payment program Youth Justice Fund
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Grants and Contributions
Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

1.1 Stewardship of the Canadian Legal Framework

1.1.2 Justice System Support

1.1.2.3 Youth Justice

Main objective The objective of the Youth Justice Fund is to encourage a fairer and more effective youth justice system.  Funding is available for innovative pilot projects and related activities, such as training and evaluation.   The Youth Justice Fund has three ongoing funding areas – Main Fund, Guns, Gangs and Drugs, and Drug Treatment (under the National Anti-Drug Strategy).
Planned spending for 2015–16 $4,505,000
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2010-2011
General targeted recipient groups
  • non-profit community organizations, societies, and associations which have voluntarily associated themselves for a non-profit purpose;
  • Canadian institutions/boards of education;
  • bands, First Nations, Tribal Councils, local, regional and national Aboriginal organizations;
  • Provincial, territorial and municipal governments and their agencies and institutions;
  • Private sector organizations as long as such organizations will not make a profit on the work performed;
  • For-profit enterprises, research/evaluation organizations and individuals are eligible for funding to conduct research and evaluation activities; and,
  • Individuals
Access to Justice Services Agreements in the Territories (in the areas of Legal Aid, Aboriginal Courtwork and Public Legal education and Information Services)
Name of transfer payment program Access to Justice Services Agreements in the Territories (in the areas of Legal Aid, Aboriginal Courtwork and Public Legal education and Information Services) (Voted)
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contributions
Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

1.1 Stewardship of the Canadian Legal Framework

1.1.2 Justice System Support

1.1.2.5 Aboriginal and Northern Justice

Main objective The goal of the Access to Justice Services Agreements is to provide consolidated federal government funding support to Canada’s three territories for access to justice services (including criminal and civil legal aid, Aboriginal Courtwork, and Public Legal Education and Information) through ongoing contribution agreements that allow the territories the flexibility needed to provide these services in a challenging environment (vast distances, harsh climate, cultural/linguistic differences). The overarching goal of federal support for Aboriginal Courtwork services is to facilitate and enhance access to justice by assisting Aboriginal people involved in the criminal justice system to obtain fair, just, equitable and culturally sensitive treatment. With regard to legal aid services in the territories, the federal goal is to enable the territories to provide legal aid services to economically disadvantaged persons involved in serious criminal, youth criminal justice and civil matters. And, with respect to public legal education and information, the goal is to assist the territories in providing members of the public with the legal information they need to make informed decisions and participate effectively in the justice system.
Planned spending for 2015–16 $4,856,593
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2011-2012
General targeted recipient groups Territorial governments and/or territorial authorized entities ("territorial access to justice services delivery entities").
Federal Court Ordered Counsel
Name of transfer payment program Federal Court Ordered Counsel Cases
End date Ongoing
Type of transfer payment Contributions
Link to department's Program Alignment Architecture

1.1 Stewardship of the Canadian Legal Framework

1.1.2 Justice System Support

1.1.2.1 Criminal Justice and Legal Representation

Main objective Its purpose is to provide funding to the provinces, territories and their legal aid delivery entities (and in the case of a territory an access to justice services delivery entity) to provide court-ordered funded counsel to individuals who do not qualify for legal aid in federal prosecutions (primarily drug cases) where the criminal charge is serious and there is a likelihood of incarceration upon conviction.
Planned spending for 2015–16 $1,650,000
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation 2011-2012
General targeted recipient groups Provinces, territories and their legal aid delivery entities (and in the case of a territory an access to justice services delivery entity).
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