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Public legal education organizations
Organizations whose primary mandate is to help the public understand the law and the justice system. Public legal education is not: legal advice, legal representation, or continuing legal education for lawyers.
Prince Edward Island
Éducaloi is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inform Quebecers of their rights and obligations by providing legal information in everyday language.
TThe Legal Aid Commission is responsible for public legal education and information in the Northwest Territories.
The Yukon Public Legal Education Association (YPLEA) is a non-profit organization devoted to providing legal information to the public and promoting increased access to the legal system. The goal of the Association is to help the public to identify and understand their legal rights and responsibilities in order to improve their ability to deal with legal matters. Services include Law Line (legal information by telephone) and Publications and Forms (some downloadable, some through the office)
Just a Click Away is an initiative to enhance how technology can be used to deliver legal education and information to the public in Canada. The initiative features three stages: a report discussing emerging trends in how social media and web 2.0 technologies can be used to provide legal education and information; a series of webinars exploring different models to provide access online to public legal education and information; and a national conference on technology and public legal education.
Pivot's mandate is to use the law to address the root causes of poverty and social exclusion. Pivot carries out its work through legal campaigns around policing, housing, and sex work that would result in meaningful positive change for people living in poverty.
PLEAC is the national association for public legal education in Canada. Founded in 1987, PLEAC is a non-profit organization with the following goals: to support communication and cooperation between individuals and groups interested in public legal education; to encourage the development of knowledge and skills in this field; and to act as a national voice and advocate on issues that concern PLEAC members.
This online resource is an article written for the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice Summer 2003 newsletter by Lois E. Gander LLM, Legal Resource Centre. (newsletter PDF – 24 p.)