Overall, the justice system in Ontario has improved in the last year, but it still has glaring shortcomings in judicial efficiency and the disproportionate representation of Indigenous people in prisons, according to a new justice system report card.
The Macdonald-Laurier Institute, a public policy think-tank, released on March 5 its second annual report card on Canada’s justice system. The report used data from Statistics Canada to gauge how each province faired in public safety, costs and resources, fairness and access to justice, support for victims and efficiency.
Ontario placed fourth, climbing upward from its seventh spot in the inaugural report. The province scored high for its relatively low levels of violent, traffic and property crime and received an “A+” in confidence in the justice system. Less brag-worthy is the province’s showing in efficiency, where Ontario had the highest proportion of charges stayed or withdrawn in the country.