Access to Justice Mixed Media Competition

The 2021 Access to Justice competition is open to all Canadian high school students that are registering for our conference!


TOPIC: Systemic Racism and Access to Justice


Canada’s access to civil justice has been ranked ninth out of 12 European and North American countries. We still have a long way to go in many aspects. Canada’s Department of Justice released a report in 2019 that shares the four biggest problems regarding access to justice: underreporting due to scared victims, trial delays, bad treatment within the system, and the lack of affordable and timely support/resources. 


According to a 2019 study done by the Canada Race Relations Foundation, Indigenous Peoples and Black people are the most common targets of discrimination and unfair treatment in Canada, followed by Muslims and people from the Middle East. 


This discrimination may mean that people have less access to some services, such as healthcare, jobs, and justice. 

This year, Youth Leaders In Law wants your submissions for the following prompt: How does systemic racism impact an individual’s ability to access justice?

Deadline: March 12th, 2021 at 4:00 pm MDT

Interested in competing? Download the PDF for the application form, rules, and more details.

Monetary Prizes

1st Place -$300 CAD

2nd Place - $150 CAD

3rd Place - $50 CAD