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Access to Justice

The McGuinty government is achieving results in improving access to justice in Ontario. The government is working on a number of fronts to provide greater openness, transparency and accountability. Key legislation has been passed, including the Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2006, which will modernize and strengthen Ontario's human rights system, the Independent Police Review Act, 2006, which creates an independent civilian body to handle public complaints about police in Ontario, and the Access to Justice Act, 2006, which regulates paralegals, reforms the Justice of the Peace system and amends the Provincial Offences Act.

Since October 2003, the McGuinty government has increased funding to Legal Aid Ontario every year since it took office, something no other government has done in 13 years. The 2007 budget included $51 million in new funding for Legal Aid Ontario over three years, including $15 million in 2007–08.

Civil Justice Reform Project

Access to Justice Act, 2006

Human Rights

Independent Police Review Act, 2007

New Law Commission

Legal Aid