Provide support to racialized members of the 2SLGBTQI+ communities in Toronto

TORONTO, November 12, 2022 /CNW/ – Access to justice is a core Canadian value and an integral part of a fair and just society based on the rule of law. The government of Canada is committed to providing fair and equal access to justice for 2SLGBTQI+ members and racialized communities across the country and addressing systemic racism and discrimination in all its forms and in all phases of the criminal justice system.

Today, on behalf of the Honorable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of CanadaThe Honorable Marci Ien, Minister for Women, Gender Equality and Youth accompanied by Gary Anandasangaree, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Justice Attorney General of Canada and Sebastian Commock, Manager of Legal Initiatives of La 519, announced that the Government of Canada is providing financial support for a project by The 519 that will support underserved members of 2SLGBTQI+ communities to reduce barriers to accessing legal services and relevant educational resources.

Through its Increase access to justice and legal services for 2SLGBTQI+ communities of color project, the 519:

  • increase available legal services and access to justice for racialized members of 2SLGBTQI+ communities, by expanding dedicated services specifically focused on the needs and experiences of racialized clients

  • increase access to legal information, advice and support to enable racialized 2SLGBTQI+ community members to more meaningfully engage and participate in the justice system

  • enhance the capacity of legal professionals and institutions to protect the rights of racialized 2SLGBTQI+ community members.

Justice Canada is providing $992,500 for four years through the Innovation and Justice Partnership Program.

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“For many in Canada criminal justice system, systemic racism and discrimination remain ever-present lived realities. We recognize that people of color who are also members of 2SLGBTQI+ communities may experience further marginalization. By supporting The 519, we are helping to bring about systemic change and helping more people in diverse communities access the right legal supports. This investment will support our efforts to address systemic discrimination against 2SLGBTQI+ members and communities of color, and improve access to justice and fairness in our justice system.”

The Honorable David Lametti, PC, KC, MP
minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

“The 519 does essential work for 2SLGBTQI+ people here in our community. As a Member of Parliament for this area and Minister for Women, Gender Equality and Youth, I am delighted to see that our Government continues to serve as a strong ally. for the community. This investment will have a real impact on the lives of the 2SLBTQI+ people served by 519. I know it will continue to pave the way to create a more inclusive and progressive society.”

The Honorable Marci Ien
Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth

“519 has a long history of advocating for the needs of 2SLGBTQI+ individuals, and we see every day how navigating the bureaucracy of the legal system without the proper supports leads to detrimental impacts on the well-being of these communities. This funding is critical to allow us to deepen and expand our work to reduce barriers for Black, Indigenous, people of color and 2SLGBTQI+ to access the justice system.This individualized support is critical to ensuring that no one is left behind when it comes to access to justice . Thanks to Justice CanadaMinister Ien and Parliamentary Secretary Gary Anandasangaree for your generous support.”

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Sebastian CommockLegal Initiatives Manager
the 519

Justice it does not exist when it is not accessible to all. It is important that we recognize the fragility of our own legal systems. As a queer person of color and an attorney, I am thrilled to expand our legal initiatives and support vulnerable populations by providing services around the issues most closely related to 2SLGBTQI+ communities of color to enable a more equitable, inclusive and accessible justice system. I am grateful to Justice Canada for supporting our continued efforts and for the political leadership of Minister Ien and Parliamentary Secretary Gary Anandasangaree and their continued partnership on issues that affect our communities.”

Paul Jonathan SaguilChairman
The 519 Board of Directors

Fast facts

  • 2021 budget announced $21.5 million in funding for five years to support the provision of culturally appropriate legal information and resources and to pilot legal advisory services to communities of color around the world. Canada. This funding will support organizations that provide free public legal education and information, as well as organizations that provide legal services and advice to communities of color.

  • The 2022 budget proposes to provide $85 million for four years, beginning in 2022-23, to the Department of Canadian Heritage to support ongoing work to launch a new Strategy Against Racism and a National Action Plan to Combat Hate. This funding will support community projects that ensure black and racialized communities and religious minorities have access to resources that support their full participation in the Canadian economy, while raising awareness of issues related to racism and hate in Canada. Canada.

  • Between 2015 and 2018, people of color made up just under a fifth (17%) of the lesbian, gay, and bisexual population ages 15 and older. Source: Statistics Canada. Table 13-10-0817-01 Socioeconomic characteristics of the lesbian, gay and bisexual population, 2015-2018

  • According to a qualitative study conducted in 2021 as part of the Serious Legal Problems Survey, participants who identified as 2SLGBTQI+ reported a wide range of legal problems, including workplace discrimination and issues in family law, immigration law and refugees, human rights law, criminal law. the law and the prison system. Participants reported discrimination in various settings, including employment, health systems, and educational institutions. Findings suggest that sexual minority people experience limited access to appropriate legal assistance and encounter additional barriers to justice relative to cisgender heterosexual people. Font: rsd_rr2021_lgb-people-in-western-canada-eng.pdf (

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