The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin Access to Justice Fund – 2022

The McLachlin Fund provides financial support for innovative projects and programs to improve access to civil and family justice. It prioritizes projects and programs that address a defined access to justice problem in a way that can be effectively evaluated and scaled-up or adopted elsewhere if successful.  

The McLachlin Fund was established to support innovative projects and programs that are:  

  1. working to improve civil and family justice by developing and implementing practical solutions to enhance access to justice;  
  2. stimulating innovation in the administration of civil and family justice;  
  3. developing evidence-based methods for evaluating outcomes in the civil and family justice system;  
  4. supporting collaboration and knowledge-sharing amongst jurisdictions and stakeholders; and  
  5. raising awareness of and commitment to the need for improved access to civil and family justice at all levels of the justice system.  

Amount: $25,000 – $100,000 per year for up to three years (for a maximum of $300,000 in total multi-year funding).  

Faculty Research Office: one week prior to agency deadline (for internal review of draft application allow 2-3 weeks)
Western Research: 1 week prior to agency deadline
McLachlin: August 29, 2022, 5:00 pm PT  

Eligibility: Applicants from throughout Canada are invited to apply. Successful applicants will have a strong record delivering programs that facilitate and/or evaluate access to civil and family justice on a regional or national level. Successful applicants will also have demonstrated capacity to deliver and evaluate their proposed project and to contribute to a national dialogue on enhancing access to civil and family justice.

More information and applications:  A ROLA proposal must be completed with the application.

If you have any questions concerning the application process, please contact staff at:

Please contact Karen Kueneman if you plan to apply.  

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