The Public Legal Education Association of Canada, a national network of provincial organizations, has been at the forefront in establishing PLE as a field of practice in Canada.
PLE organizations see their work not only as an essential part of our justice system, but also an innovative responses to that system’s changing needs. They have been supported in this effort by
- provincial and federal ministries of justice,
- provincial law foundations, and
- national organizations, such as the now defunct Canadian Legal Information Centre.
While provincial PLE organizations have played a prominent role in delivering public legal education, hundreds of other agencies undertake activities that also play a role in providing PLE or information to the public. This broader group of agencies includes
- ministries of education, heritage, and immigration;
- public and special libraries;
- bar associations;
- community, service and advocacy organizations; and
- special interest groups.
In many instances, these agencies work collaboratively with a major PLE organization to enhance their joint effectiveness as well as the efforts of each agency.
Resources of Interest: PLE Providers
Organizations of Interest: PLE Providers
The side bar provides quick links to the main PLE organizations in Canada.
LawCentral Alberta provides the most comprehensive list of agencies involved in public legal education.
Profiles of PLE organizations provides historical information about current and former PLE organizations.
Associations of Interest: PLE Providers
Public Legal Education Association of Canada (PLEAC)
Documents of interest: PLE Providers
Albertans get A-Link to Public Legal Education. Kirsten Wurman and Rhyason, Diane. Library Association of Alberta, Letter of the LAA, July 2004