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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.