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Public Legal Education - Canada

Each province (and one territory) has one or two organizations whose sole purpose is to deliver public legal education (PLE). Public legal education focuses on helping the general public to understand their rights and responsibilities under the law. As well, these organizations connect people with the appropriate legal services in their region. Find out more about  PLE organization serving Canadians in other provinces by following the links below. Also listed here is the national membership association for Canadian PLE organizations.

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British Columbia

Clicklaw is a website aimed at enhancing access to justice in British Columbia. It features legal information and education, but it is not a site of laws. Instead, Clicklaw features legal information and education designed for the public from 24 contributor organizations, as well as selected others.

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The Justice Education Society is dedicated to improving access to the justice system through hands-on, targeted, two-way education between the public and those working in the system. This non-profit organization operates out of British Columbia and provides programs and resources that serve the general public, youth, persons with disabilities, Aboriginals and immigrants in British Columbia, throughout Canada and around the world. These services are designed to help communities better understand how our justice system works and their role in the system.
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The Latin American Community Council and MOSAIC, in partnership, have implemented this online multilingual legal resource to provide comprehensive and critical legal information in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Spanish and Vietnamese to Canadian newcomers and community workers in British Columbia.

Related legal topic(s): Criminal law general resources, Family law general resources, Family violence general resources, Health issues, Immigration, Refugees

The People’s Law School provides legal information on a variety of topics in plain language to the people of British Columbia. This is done through publications, events and presentations, Justice Theatre presentations to BC schools, speakers on law-related issues for community groups and working with ethnic media.

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Community Legal Education Association (CLEA) is a not-for-profit organization, which provides Manitobans with information about the law. CLEA has existed since 1984. The Association operates the Law Phone-In & Lawyer Referral Program, a variety of community programs (Speakers Bureau, Community Legal Intermediary Training Course, annual law conference), and School's Program (Speakers in the Classroom, Youth Criminal Justice Act Teaching Kit and Mock Trial Kits). Pamphlets, booklets, and education kits are available to order or download. The Association’s website also includes over 300 Frequently Asked Questions on a variety of legal topics.
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New Brunswick

PLEIS-NB is a non-profit organization and a registered charity with a mandate to develop a variety of bilingual educational products and services about the law for the public in order to promote access to the legal system. The goal is to assist the public in identifying and understanding their legal rights and responsibilities with a view to improving their ability to deal with legal matters.
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Newfoundland and Labrador

Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland (PLIAN) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating people about legal issues. Services include: Lawyer referral service, Legal information line, School visits, Community information sessions, and Publications.


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Nova Scotia

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) is a non-profit organization that provides Nova Scotians with information and resources about the law. The Legal Information Society programs include: a legal information line and lawyer referral service (toll free in Nova Scotia); publications (pamphlets/booklets/videos); Dial-a-Law (pre-recorded legal information); a speakers bureau.
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Community Law School (Sarnia-Lambton) Inc. is a nonprofit, registered charitable organization dedicated to public legal education. The organization offer workshops, seminars, educational materials, and live and online courses to train frontline workers, community advocates, consumers, grassroots organizations, and members of poor and marginalized communities in a variety of social welfare and consumer protection laws.
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CLEO is a community legal clinic, founded in 1974, that specializes in public legal education. Most of the materials are in the form of booklets, pamphlets, fact sheets and manuals, and can be viewed online, or ordered from CLEO. Topics include social assistance, landlord and tenant law, refugee and immigration law, workers' rights, family law, elder abuse, consumer rights, women's issues and laws affecting young people.  Most publications are available in French, and some are available in other languages.

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