Ottawa is giving the provinces more money for legal aid programs to help improve access to the justice system.
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is announcing an extra $30 million a year in ongoing funding to help boost legal aid services for people who cannot afford to pay for lawyers.
That is on top of the new $88 million over five years the Liberal government committed to in the federal budget.
Wilson-Raybould says the new funding will help provincial legal aid programs increase the amount of help available.
She says all Canadians, no matter their financial circumstances, should have the right to a fair trial and access to a modern, efficient justice system.
She says the money also comes with performance measures to make sure it is doing what it is supposed to do.
(The Canadian Press)