11/25/2015 13:03 EST | Updated 11/25/2016 00:12 EST

Alberta launches review of legal aid program struggling to keep up with demand

EDMONTON — The Alberta government is launching a review of its legal aid system, starting next month

Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley says the system is struggling to keep up with demand, and says it's time to look at how the arm's-length agency funds and runs its operation.

The budget for legal aid this year is $66 million, with most of that coming from the province.

Ganley says the review, to be conducted by her officials, will also look at areas like financial eligibility guidelines and rates paid to lawyers.

The committee will report back in the spring.

The province has more than doubled its funding to legal aid since 2005, while Ottawa's contributions have remained constant at $10 million a year.