Evaluation of the Legal Aid Program

The Legal Aid Program (the Program) is a cost-shared program that provides contribution funding to the provinces and territories for the delivery of legal aid services for economically disadvantaged persons facing the likelihood of incarceration, and for youth pursuant to the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The Program manages the federal contribution to legal aid in Canada through its five components, which include funding to provinces, territories and legal aid plans for: adult and youth criminal legal aid; civil legal aid (territories only); immigration and refugee legal aid; public safety and anti-terrorism legal aid; and the management of Court-Ordered Counsel in Federal Prosecutions. In addition, the Program acts as the secretariat for the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Permanent Working Group on Legal Aid (PWG).

What Was Found


Why It Was Done

The Department of Justice Canada’s grants and contributions programs are evaluated every five years to meet the accountability requirements of the Treasury Board’s Policy on Results and the Federal Accountability Act.

What Was Done

The evaluation examined departmental activities between 2012 and 2016 using information collected through five lines of inquiry to assess the relevance and performance of the Program.

For the full report, please visit the Evaluation Division website.