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"There is no justice without access to justice."

The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin

About the McLachlin Fund

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The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin Access to Justice Fund (“McLachlin Fund”) was established in 2019 to recognize and honour former Chief Justice McLachlin’s longstanding commitment to enhancing access to justice in Canada. The McLachlin Fund was started with an initial contribution from the Government of Canada and is supported by people and organizations that share the former Chief Justice’s passion for ensuring everyone in Canada has equitable access to our justice system.

The McLachlin Fund’s primary objective is to improve civil and family justice by supporting the development, implementation and evaluation of innovative solutions to recognized access to justice problems.

The McLachlin Fund takes a broad view of what constitutes an access to justice problem and is committed to testing practical and novel solutions. The McLachlin Fund prioritizes projects and programs that have the potential to scale up and inform the national dialogue on access to justice.

The Law Foundation of British Columbia provides secretariat services to the McLachlin Fund to support the assessment and administration of the granting process, including review of all materials.


Governing Council

The McLachlin Fund’s Governing Council sets goals and objectives for the McLachlin Fund. The Council is responsible for fundraising on behalf of the McLachlin Fund, making granting decisions that will advance the McLachlin Fund’s objectives, and providing oversight of the administration of the McLachlin Fund.