Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould appears before the Commons legal and constitutional affairs committee on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Wednesday May 4, 2016. (Photo: Adrian Wyld/CP)The federal government committed $88 million over five years in the federal budget this year. Wilson-Raybould now has announced another $30 million a year in ongoing funding to boost legal aid services for people who cannot afford to pay for lawyers. But that additional funding will not begin until 2021 — two years after the next election. "I am pleased that we can give our provincial and territorial partners the assistance they have been requesting to help fund legal aid plans throughout Canada," Wilson-Raybould said. "The clear financial commitment from the federal government will allow legal aid plans to serve the people who need them."
"All Canadians — no matter their means — should have the right to a fair trial and access to a modern, efficient justice system."