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In the latest episode of Legal Skies, Susan McDonald, Principal Researcher at the Department of Justice Canada and Kathy AuCoin from the Canadian Centre for Justice and Community Safety Statistics at Statistics Canada discuss the 2021 Canadian Legal Problems Survey.
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This survey, conducted by Statistics Canada on behalf of Justice Canada, asked people about their serious legal problems and the impact of these problems on their health, finances and well-being.
Several key findings Justice Canada identified from the survey:
This data helps understand the frequency and types of serious problems that people experience, the actions they take to address or resolve these problems, and the financial, socioeconomic, and health impacts these problems have on their daily lives.
Statistics Canada has also been working on various initiatives focused on access to justice data related to equity, diversity and inclusion, which are important societal indicators.
The article Perceptions of and experiences with police and the justice system among the Black and Indigenous populations in Canada, “uses multiple data sources to examine perceptions of police, confidence in institutions, and experiences of serious problems or disputes. Analysis is broadly separated into three sections, with the first section focusing on the experiences of the Black population in Canada. The second section examines the experiences of Indigenous people, taking a distinction-based approach to examine the experiences of First Nations people, Métis, and Inuit in Canada where possible. The third section contains a higher-level look at some selected findings for population groups designated as visible minority.”
Using data from the 2019 General Social Survey (GSS) on Canadians’ Safety (Victimization), this Juristat article, Experiences of discrimination among the Black and Indigenous Populations in Canada, “examines experiences of discrimination in daily life, with a particular focus on the experiences of the Black and First Nations, Métis, and Inuit populations living in Canada.”
Other useful resources from Statistics Canada include the Gender Diversity Hub which provides social inclusion indicators for ethnocultural groups and the Crime and Justice Statistics website which provides data on correctional services, courts, crimes and offences, and victimization.
Listen to the podcast to learn more about justice data in Canada.