Legacy information regarding the CJC Needs Assessment
Thank you for your interest. The Moss Park Community Justice Centre Needs Assessment process is now complete. For all news and updates related to this project, please visit the Ministry of the Attorney General at: Ontario.ca/JusticeCentres
This website is no longer being updated as of March 28, 2018. The information below exists to provide context regarding the 2017 Needs Assessment Process and the 2018 Update.
Throughout the summer and autumn of 2017, Ontario worked with community leaders, Indigenous communities, health and social service providers and justice partners to conduct a Community Justice Centre needs assessment in Toronto’s Moss Park neighbourhood.
This collaborative process was the first step in determining whether a Community Justice Centre in Moss Park could strengthen existing efforts to provide a more responsive and community-based approach to criminal justice. The assessment also considered the resources and partnerships necessary to launch and operate a Community Justice Centre in Moss Park. Details are included below.
The Ministry of the Attorney General also hosted a Community Justice Centre update meeting on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. The meeting provided an update on the results of the Needs Assessment, explained next steps, and gathered advice from participants on how to work collaboratively through the anticipated planning and design phase. Details are included below.
About Community Justice Centres
Community Justice Centres provide an holistic approach to addressing the needs of vulnerable people who are apprehended for low-level crimes, bringing together justice, health and social service partners. Countries across the world using CJCs have seen broad success and ultimately safer and healthier communities.
Community Justice Centres work by:
- providing on-site services for offenders as well as other local residents seeking assistance
- connecting individuals to supports that address specific needs such as housing, education, job training, mental health services and addiction treatment
- helping hold individuals accountable for their actions
Each Community Justice Centre is different and provides services that are closely tailored to the specific needs of the community they serve, including culturally-relevant services for Indigenous peoples.
About the Assessment Process
We knew from the experiences of other jurisdictions around the world that Community Justice Centres are only successful when they’re designed and implemented in collaboration with communities, service providers, Indigenous communities, First Nations leaders and justice partners. An important part of this assessment was to explore whether a Community Justice Centre could complement and strengthen existing provincial and community-based justice initiatives, such as:
- The Direct Accountability Program
- Toronto Drug Treatment Court
- Toronto Mental Health Courts
- Focus 51
- The Community Council Program
- Downtown Toronto Human Services Justice Coordinating Committee
- The Bail Verification and Supervision Program
- And the many justice-oriented community services operating in and around Moss Park
How it worked
The Moss Park research and collaboration team held a series of consultation and information gathering activities, including:
- An online community survey
- Community forums in August and October 2017
- Interviews with stakeholders
- Small group conversations
- Community resource mapping
- Community data sources
Information gathered in the survey helped to determine if creating a Community Justice Centre in Moss Park could strengthen existing efforts to provide a more responsive and community-based approach to criminal justice for vulnerable individuals.
First Community Justice Forum on August 10th, 2017
We hosted our first Moss Park Community Justice Centre Forum at Artscape Daniels Spectrum on August 10, 2017. Indigenous and non-Indigenous community leaders, health and community service providers, as well as justice partners were in attendance at this inaugural event. The purpose of the first forum was to: introduce the Community Justice Centre needs assessment process, exchange views on the needs and strengths of Moss Park, and begin to explore whether a Community Justice Centre model could improve the integration and delivery of justice, health and social services.
Second Community Justice Forum on October 5th, 2017
A second forum was hosted on October 5, 2017. During the second forum, we reviewed and built what has emerged from the assessment process, and gathered feedback about potential Community Justice Centre models for Moss Park. The purpose of the second Forum was to: share and discuss what we have learned regarding both the existing pathways of individuals in the justice system and the support services currently available, share emerging CJC models for Moss Park, discuss whether they are likely to improve outcomes for individuals and communities, and gather suggestions about how these emerging models can be improved.
Moss Park CJC Update Meeting on May 2, 2018
An update meeting was hosted on May 2, 2018. During the update meeting, we reviewed the Final Needs Assessment Report and begin discussing the planning and design phase of a CJC project in the downtown East.
Members of the Moss Park Needs Assessment Team included:
Toronto Crown Attorney’s Office
Ontario's Ministry of Attorney General
The Center for Court Innovation