Poverty and the Law: Expanding Perspectives Module

This free, interactive learning module educates participants about the realities of living with poverty in Canada. The module, commissioned by the Justice Sector Constellation and funded by Enough for All, Calgary’s poverty reduction strategy, offers up to three hours of educational content. Participants will learn about the context, causes and impacts of poverty, and expand previously held perspectives about poverty as it relates to the legal system.  The module is being used by educational institutions in courses and by professional organizations to facilitate continuing education and professional development. A Certificate of Completion is available to participants who complete the module.

Poverty and the Law: Expanding Perspectives – Instructor’s Resource

The Poverty and the Law-Expanding Perspectives online, interactive learning module takes participants through eight engaging topics.  The module may be taken directly or can be taught by educators.  The companion instructor’s resource was developed to facilitate direct instruction.  It provides additional activities that can be used to encourage engagement with the content of the module.

Client Journey Maps

Client Journey Maps are visual representations of the process individuals can follow to find support and resources at transition points in life, such as on release from custody. Support for personal identification, addictions, mental health, employment and education, housing, and transportation can be found to simplify the journey. These maps are designed to improve the process of connecting individuals with the appropriate agencies and resources to meet essential needs and foster successful community integration. These maps are for general information purposes and do not include all available resources. They are up-to-date as of April 2021.

Mental Health
Employment & Education



Navigating the family law system can be challenging. These maps can help to streamline the process for people going through the child support and parenting/contact time systems by clarifying what resources can be accessed throughout the legal process. They are up-to-date as of April 2021.

Child Support Resources Map
Parenting/Contact Time Map

Childcare Options for Caregivers Attending to Matters at the Calgary Courts Centre

Attending to matters at the Calgary Courts Centre with children can add to the stress for families trying to navigate the legal system. The info-graphic below identifies childcare facilities near the Calgary Courts Centre that accept children on a drop in basis. Childcare options allow individuals to be fully present as they attend to their legal matters while avoiding unnecessary adverse exposure to inappropriate or traumatizing experiences for their children. This is up-to-date as of June 2021.

Residential Dispute Resolution Service (RTDRS)

RTDRS is a free service to help people resolve disputes with their landlord or tenant without going to court. RTDRS recently implemented some changes to make using this service even easier for tenants and landlords, thanks in part to recommendations made by the Justice Sector Constellation. Learn more about it by clicking the link below.