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Ontario Supporting Legal Advocacy for People Who May Have Been Wrongfully Convicted

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Ontario Supporting Legal Advocacy for People Who May Have Been Wrongfully Convicted

Province Providing Innocence Canada with $825,000 to Help Sustain Operations

Ministry of the Attorney General

Ontario is helping to provide access to justice for people who may have been wrongfully convicted of a crime and cannot afford legal representation.

Over the next three years, the province is providing Innocence Canada with $275,000 annually to help them sustain operations. The Law Society of Upper Canada is providing an additional $25,000 annually ― a total of $900,000 over three years. The non-profit organization is dedicated to identifying and advocating for individuals who may have been convicted of a crime they did not commit and to preventing wrongful convictions through legal education and reform.

Improving access to justice is part of the government's plan to keep communities safe and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Innocence Canada, formerly known as the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted, is the only full-time non-profit organization in Canada investigating cases of potential wrongful conviction independent of government or universities.

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Quotes

Yasir Naqvi

“Innocence Canada plays an important role in our justice system by advocating for people who may have been wrongfully convicted, but cannot afford a lawyer. The province is pleased to support Innocence Canada and their important work to improve access to justice.”

Yasir Naqvi

Attorney General

“On behalf of Innocence Canada, we’d like to thank the Government of Ontario for taking concrete steps to improve access to justice. This support will allow us to continue the vital work of providing legal services to people who may have been wrongfully convicted of a crime, and need our special expertise to root out fresh evidence, obtain expert opinions and write very specialized briefs.”

Russell Silverstein and Ron Dalton

Co-Presidents of Innocence Canada

“Lawyers recognize the strengths of our justice system but also understand that no system is infallible. That's why the tireless work of Innocence Canada is so important. We are pleased to join with the Government of Ontario in supporting Innocence Canada's work on behalf of those who may have been wrongfully convicted.”

Paul Schabas

Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada

Media Contacts

  • Clare Graham

    Minister’s Office

    Clare.Graham@ontario.ca

    416-326-7071

  • Emilie Smith

    Communications Branch

    MAG-Media@ontario.ca

    416-326-2210

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