The 2022-23 Alberta Legal Needs Assessment: What We Learned So Far

In the Fall of 2022, the Alberta Law Foundation (Foundation) started a community-based legal needs assessment in Alberta to assist with knowledge sharing in the justice sector and help inform grant-making. The 2022-23 Alberta Legal Needs Assessment is part of the Bridging the Gaps (BTG) initiative.

Based on all sources of information reviewed, 12 priority legal needs areas in Alberta were identified (in no particular order):

  • Indigenous People
  • Newcomers
  • Youth
  • Seniors
  • Landlord & Tenant Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • Coordination
  • Data Collection & Evaluation
  • Services at the Courthouse
  • Remote Communities
  • Restorative Justice
  • Legal Tech

The 2022-23 Alberta Legal Needs Assessment report presents highlights from what the Foundation has learned so far from the Alberta justice community. The report aims to enhance the understanding of legal needs and service gaps in Alberta while encouraging further dialogue and exploration of the subject matter. The information presented is high-level. The Foundation encourages current grantees and new applicants to connect with the community to identify specific legal needs and gaps and develop initiatives designed to address those needs and gaps. Information about funding can be found here.

Numerous sources were utilized in crafting this report and are available for review within the document. The Foundation is grateful for the knowledge shared during the 2022-23 Alberta Legal Needs Assessment and hopes it will help improve access to justice in Alberta. Learnings from this initiative will inform grant-making for the coming years and guide future BTG research and engagement opportunities.

Please click here to read the full report.