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1 The Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime tables annual reports to Parliament separately through the Minister of Justice. For further information regarding the Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, please consult http://www.victimsfirst.gc.ca/index.html
2 In total, the net vote revenues recovered in 2007-08 were $182 million; in 2008-09 were $200.5 million; and projected to be $235.1 million in 2009-2010.
3 The Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime tables annual reports to Parliament separately through the Minister of Justice. For further information regarding the Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, please consult: http://www.victimsfirst.gc.ca/index.html
4 The planning highlights are organized along four categories corresponding to the key outcomes areas and areas of federal government spending identified in Canada's Performance Report (http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/reports-rapports/cp-rc/2008-2009/cp-rctb-eng.asp)
i Section II Endnotes – Justice Policies, Laws and Programs:
Criminal Justice - through which the Department monitors trends in criminal law including youth justice, develops and implements options for criminal law reform, and provides a centre of expertise for criminal law and procedure, criminal justice policy, evidence law, sentencing, and victim's issues. Additionally, the Department provides various levels of funding to the provinces and territories to encourage support for federal and national youth justice priorities through the administration of justice. The Department also coordinates the federal Victims of Crime Strategy and works with the provinces and territories to develop policies and projects aimed at providing direct services to underserved victims of crime and achieving a better balance between the rights of victims and offenders. As well, the Department advances Canadian interests in the development of global anti-crime and counter-terrorism measures, and assists other countries with domestic crime problems that can affect the safety of Canadians at home.
Family Justice – through which the Department develops and implements policies, program initiatives and family law reforms in consultation with the provinces and territories. Specifically, the Department provides analysis, advice and litigation support in areas of marriage, divorce (including custody, access and child and spousal support), as well as enforcement of family obligations. Additionally, the Department administers the Family Law Assistance Services, maintains the Central Registry of Divorce Proceedings, and supports enforcement services of the provincial and territorial Maintenance Enforcement Programs. The Department also administers the Justice component of the federal Family Violence Initiative as well as the Federal Elder Abuse Initiative, which seeks to reduce the incidence of violence in the home and against older Canadians.
Access to Justice – through which the Department works with provinces and territories and with non-governmental and community-based organizations to develop and implement policies and laws that enhance access to justice, including access to justice in both official languages, while respecting the diverse nature and needs of Canadians. Additionally, the Department provides significant, ongoing funding to the provinces for criminal legal aid and in the territories, federal funding for criminal and civil legal aid is provided through access to justice services agreements that also integrate support for the Aboriginal Courtwork Program (ACW) and public legal education and information services.
Aboriginal Justice – through which the Department develops and implements policies, laws and programs aimed at addressing the needs of Aboriginal people in the justice system. Additionally, through the Aboriginal Justice Strategy (AJS) and the ACW the Department seeks to enable Aboriginal communities to have increased involvement in the local administration of justice and by providing timely and effective alternatives to mainstream justice processes in appropriate circumstances.
Private International and Public Law - through which the Department fulfills the Minister's responsibilities related to a number of public law statutes, including but not limited to, the Access to Information Act, the Privacy Act, the Judges Act, the Canadian Human Rights Act, and statutes constituting the federal courts, the Tax Court and the Supreme Court, and through which the Department supports the Minister in his portfolio responsibilities for such entities as the Information and Privacy Commissioners, Canadian Human Rights Commission and Tribunal, the Canadian Judicial Council, Courts Administration Service, Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs and the Section 101 Courts. The Department also supports Canada's active participation in the work of international multilateral organizations: The Hague Conference on Private International Law, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) and the Organization of American States (OAS). In addition, it works toward the implementation of international private law instruments in Canada, with the cooperation of the Uniform Law Conference of Canada (ULCC).
ii Section II Endnotes – Services to Government:
The Aboriginal Affairs Portfolio provides expert legal services and legal policy advice to the Crown and to client departments, notably Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), on a broad range of Aboriginal law issues that affect government as a whole, including: Aboriginal rights and title; duty to consult; treaty rights; the fiduciary relationship of the Crown with Aboriginal peoples; constitutional and Charter issues relating to Aboriginal law; and, more broadly, the role of the law in support of reconciliation between the Crown and Aboriginal Canadians.
The Business and Regulatory Law Portfolio provides expert legal advisory, litigation and legislative drafting services to more than 20 departments and agencies whose mandates share a regulatory or business focus. The Portfolio is involved in issues such as environmental protection, transportation regulatory matters, fisheries management, health protection, intellectual property, energy projects, cultural protection, and international development, among others.
The Central Agencies Portfolio provides integrated legal advisory, non-criminal litigation and drafting services with respect to: fiscal, economic, and tax issues; federal-provincial fiscal arrangements; financial services; social affairs; accountability; machinery of government; comptrollership; human resources management; labour and employment law; financial sector practices; financial institutions; banking; money laundering; terrorist financing; and Crown law issues. The Portfolio provides these services to the Department of Finance, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, the Canada School of Public Service, the Public Service Commission, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions, the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada, and the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada.
The Public Safety, Defence and Immigration Portfolio provides strategic legal services to the following departments and agencies responsible for the defence and security of Canada and the safety of Canadians as well as for immigration and border management: the Department of National Defence, the Canadian Security Establishment, Public Safety Canada, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Correctional Service of Canada, the National Parole Board, Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency. The Portfolio also manages the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Program.
The Tax Law Services Portfolio provides legal advice, litigation services, training, drafting services, as well as legal issues coordination and risk management to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The Portfolio represents the Crown in all tax matters, including tax assessment and Employment Insurance and Canada Pension Plan appeals to the courts, collection matters, civil law suits and class actions.
The Justice Portfolio consists of three specialized groups within the Department - the Public Law Sector, the Litigation Branch, and the Legislative Services Branch. The Portfolio is a core resource for federal government departments and the government as a whole on highly specialized areas of the law, on litigation as well as on the drafting, review and publication of legislation and regulations. The Portfolio also carries out the functions assigned to the Minister of Justice as the central authority for Canada under the Extradition Act and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act, providing assistance to Canadian and foreign authorities to gather evidence for criminal cases or to obtain the extradition of fugitives from justice. Mutual assistance and extradition are important tools in the suppression of crime for the protection of Canadians and global community. As well, the Department's involvement in the Public Security and Anti-Terrorism initiative is funded from the Justice Portfolio, and includes legislative support and policy development, legal advice and assistance, as well as prosecutions and civil litigation.