Current Projects

Projects are a vital way for LISNS to secure funding to address specific legal issues or to reach specific sectors of the population.

Over the years we’ve undertaken a variety of legal information projects:

  • Projects on specific issues such as youth justice, elder law, the environment, domestic, divorce, child support, criminal;
  • Projects focused on specific target groups such as youth, seniors, newcomers to Canada, not-for-profits, charities, women, the Black community and persons with mental health issues;
  • We have also undertaken research projects to identify needs or barriers to accessing the justice system.

Learn more about our current projects, and some of our past projects, below.

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) is currently working on a two-year (September 2021 to September 2023) "Youth Legal Information Project" (YLIP), funded by The Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) Access to Justice Fund. LISNS is working in partnership with Nova Scotia Legal Aid and the IWK Health Centre.  The YLIP will identify needs and gaps in Nova Scotia public legal education and information materials and resources for youth ages 12 to 24.  LISNS is working directly with Nova Scotia youth and stakeholders who support and work with youth to develop new legal information materials, and to find out about existing resources.  New materials will focus on key legal issues affecting youth.  The youth-centred legal information will be promoted in various youth-focused formats to reach youth to improve their ability to access justice.

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) is currently working on a 14 month (January 2020 to March 2021) "Investor Rights and Protection" (IRP) project, funded by The Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) Access to Justice Fund. The goal of the IRP Project is to help educate, protect and build the confidence of Nova Scotia investors, with a particular emphasis on five identified vulnerable groups. The project work involves creating a comprehensive guide to be housed on the LISNS website as well as promoting and sharing the material with Nova Scotians using online presentations and webinars. The guide will contain LISNS developed content combined with extensive resources gathered from other excellent sources, organized in an easily accessible format. 

The Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia (LISNS) is currently working on a two year (2017-2019) "Public Legal Education in Nova Scotia" (PLENS) project, funded by The Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) Access to Justice Fund. The overarching goal of the PLENS Project is to create a solid infrastructure that will ensure the long-term sustainability of free, easy access to clear language legal information for Nova Scotians, facilitating access in complementary ways – by telephone, online and in-person.

Key goals of this project are to help self-represented individuals: understand their issue(s) and options, gain confidence with making a decision for conflict resolution, be satisfied with the process, less frequently using formal court processes if appropriate, have proper documentation where proceeding with court-based action.

The "Raising awareness of consent laws and privacy issues among youth" project was funded by the government of Nova Scotia, as part of its "Acting together on Sexual Violence/Bullying Initiative".