Statistics Canada has just released it’s detailed report “Legal Aid in Canada: Resource and Caseload Statistics” for 2009-10.
In that time period, legal aid spending went up about four per cent overall. Provincial and territorial legal aid plans — excluding New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island — spent $762 million to provide legal aid services, or about $23 for every Canadian.
Other than Quebec and Ontario, legal aid plans spent more on criminal than civil cases in 2009-10. In Quebec, 43 per cent of legal aid money went to criminal matters, while in Ontario the figure was 47 per cent. In the other jurisdictions the proportion of direct expenditures on criminal matters ranged from 56 per cent for Alberta to 74 per cent for Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories.