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Supporting access to family legal resources in both official languages ​​is a priority for the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba

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OTTAWA (ON), April 25, 2022 /CNW/ – Divorce is a reality for many Canadians, and ensuring that from Canada family justice system can respond effectively to the needs of families in these situations is essential. This is why the government of Canada and the province of Manitoba take steps to make from Canada more effective and accessible family justice system.

Today, the Honorable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and the Honorable Rochelle Squires, Minister of Families, Accessibility and Francophone Affairs of Manitoba announced more $1.6 million in funding to support the province of Manitoba towards the implementation of the official language rights provision of the Divorce Law entered into force in Manitoba on March 1, 2021.

Thus, divorcing families will have access to legal proceedings in the official language of their choice. The funds will be used to improve the availability of family justice services in both official languages ​​to help parties reach settlements where possible, and to support hearings by increasing the French capacity of the courts. They will also contribute to from Manitoba new French Language Services Plan for Family Law Modernization.

Changes to the Divorce Law which entered into force on 1st of March2021, promote the best interests of children, encourage alternative methods of dispute resolution, combat domestic violence, reduce child poverty and ensure that from Canada more affordable family justice system. They also provide a framework for the use of English or French, or both, in divorce proceedings, and allow parties to submit their legal documents in either official language, be heard by a judge who speaks their official language, to request interpretation and to have access to forms in both official languages. The funding announced today will help Manitoba implement the new requirements resulting from these major reforms of the Divorce law.

The government of Canada will continue to work with provincial and territorial partners to from Canada fairer, more accessible and more effective family justice system.

Estimate

“Divorce can be an extremely difficult situation for families. This situation is amplified when they cannot access information or services in the official language of their choice. With this funding, the Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to improve access to justice for all Canadians by ensuring that the language needs of divorcing Manitobans are met. This will help them get through this difficult time with more ease and confidence.

The Honorable David Lametti, PC, QC, MP
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

“Our government is committed to ensuring access to services in both official languages ​​to foster healthy relationships and reduce the negative impact of separation and divorce on families by Manitoba. This investment to expand the delivery of services in French is an important step in expanding access to justice for Francophone families in our province. »

The Honorable Rochelle Squires
Minister of Families, Minister Responsible for Accessibility and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs of Manitoba

“Our government has endeavored to encourage the settlement of family matters out of court wherever possible. The new federal support focuses on ensuring official language rights for family law services, which is important as we continue to modernize family law services in a way further improve access to justice for Francophone families involved in the family law system, by ensuring that official language rights provisions under the recently amended federal Divorce Act are respected and that out-of-court settlement services reflect the diversity of Manitoba families.”

The Honorable Kelvin Goertzen
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Manitoba

Fast facts

  • Nearly 10% of Manitobans are French-speaking.
  • 2019 budget announced $21.65 million over five years (2020/21 to 2024/25) to support provinces and territories in implementing the official language rights provision included in amendments to the Divorce law which entered into force on March 1, 2021.
  • Bill C-78 amended three federal family laws: the Divorce lawthe Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act and the Garnishment, Attachment and Pension Diversion Act. Most of the amendments to the Divorce law entered into force on March 1, 2021while amendments to federal maintenance enforcement laws that did not come into force upon Royal Assent or in December 2020 will gradually come into force at different times over the next two years.

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SOURCE Department of Justice Canada

For further information: For further information, media may contact: Chantalle Aubertin, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, (613) 992-6568, [email protected]; Media Relations, Department of Justice Canada, 613-957-4207, [email protected]; Manitoba: Media inquiries for background information, communications and engagement, [email protected]; Media inquiries for departmental comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations, 204-451-7109