Who We Are
Community Legal Information Association of PEI Inc., often called CLIA, is a non-profit registered charity. We provide free legal information through our phone line, publications, and outreach efforts. We also provide lawyer referrals for Islanders who need legal advice and would like to connect with a lawyer. We sell the PEI Uncontested Divorce Kit and the PEI Power of Attorney Kit. We are also available to come to your meeting or event to conduct legal information presentations. There is no cost for presentations, but donations are welcome.
Our goal is to provide Islanders with understandable and useful information about our laws and the justice system. This work is called public legal education (PLE).
CLIA is funded by the Department of Justice Canada; the PEI Law Foundation, the Province of Prince Edward Island and through fundraising activities.
We receive donations from individuals who want to ensure all Islanders have access to legal information, referrals, and support.
Finally, CLIA undertakes projects funded by various foundations, government departments, or other funding sources to meet the needs of Islanders.
In October 1981, the Co-ordinator of the Justice Resource Service of Prince Edward Island brought together people who were interested in the idea of public legal education. They formed a small working committee to look at ways of instituting a PLE program, and in December 1983 they proposed a community based coordinated approach to PLE in PEI.
An interim Board of Directors was appointed in 1984 and the Community Legal Information Association was established as a non-profit, Part II Company under the PEI Companies Act in January 1985. Our charitable number is 11887 0757 RR 0001.
Since 1985, CLIA has evolved into a respected organization in the community, the province, and the country. Our publications are widely distributed and our staff is involved in many local, regional, and national initiatives.
Our organizational brochure can be found here.
CLIA participates in many networks, committees and partnerships in the community. In 2015 - 2016, these included:
- Victim Services Advisory Committee
- PEI Child Sexual Abuse Advisory Committee (Treasurer)
- Atlantic Community Safety Association (Director)
- Public Legal Education Association of Canada (Director)
- Law Foundation of PEI
- Law Society of PEI
- PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women (Vice-Chair/Chair)
- Mi’Kmaq Confederacy of PEI, Aboriginal Justice Program
- PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada
- Premier’s Action Committee on Family Violence Prevention
- PEI Human Rights Commission
- Native Council of PEI
- PEI Senior Citizens’ Federation—Voice for Island Seniors
- PEI Seniors’ Secretariat
- Interministerial Women’s Secretariat
- PEI People First/PEI Citizen Advocacy
- CoopZone Legal Network (Director)
- Le Groupe consultatif communautaire Évangéline
- National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health
- Community Sector Network
- PEI Court of Appeal Public Education Initiative
- And others
Community development is a big part of the work we do. Our partnerships broaden and deepen each year. Through these alliances, we continue to work in the areas of family violence prevention, services to victims of crime and crime prevention, as well as in the broader fields of health promotion and harm reduction.