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:
One-third of affected Canadians 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, more than 50% said that they did not think anything could be done about the problem. Other commonly reported reasons:
- they thought it would make the problem worse
- they did not know what to do or where to get help
- they thought the process would be too stressful
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