21% Problems in the neighbourhood, including vandalism and property damage
Over the past number of years, several studies have been conducted relating to the unmet legal needs of Canadians. It is well-established that many people get no legal help to address everyday legal problems. Some people earn too much money to qualify for Legal Aid but not enough to afford the legal services necessary to address legal matters.
In 2021, Statistics Canada conducted the Canadian Legal Problems Survey to identify the kinds of serious legal problems people face, how they attempted to resolve them, and how these experiences have impacted their lives. Some of the reported results include:
Canadians reported experiencing one or more problems in the previous three years
Stating that these problems were serious or not easy to fix
The most commonly reported serious legal problems experienced by Canadians were:
Canadians took action to resolve their most serious legal problems
The most commonly reported actions taken were
Contacted a legal professional to help address and resolve their problems
Of those who did not take any action to resolve their most serious problem,
50% said that they did not think anything could be done about the problem.
Other commonly reported reasons:
The majority of serious problems remained unresolved at the time of the survey.
Currently, legal advice and assistance in Manitoba is provided generally by more than 2,200 practising lawyers. However, for a variety of reasons lawyers are unable to address all legal needs.
In order to expand the ability of Manitoba citizens to obtain legal advice and assistance, the Law Society has created a regulatory sandbox. The sandbox will enable individuals, businesses or organizations that are currently not authorized to practise law to provide specific services that address an unmet need for legal advice and assistance within a structured environment. The regulatory sandbox is intended to provide Manitobans with additional options to receive legal information and legal services in a manner that minimizes the risks associated with providing those services.
If you have further questions, please contact Darcia Senft by phone at (204) 926-2023 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org