The Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto has entered into a contribution agreement with the Department of Justice Canada to operate the Community Council Program.
The program is an urban criminal diversion program for Aboriginal youth and adults in Toronto. The objective of the program is to allow the Aboriginal community of Toronto to take a measure of control over the manner in which the criminal justice system deals with Aboriginal offenders.
The program takes Aboriginal offenders out of the criminal justice system and brings them before members of the Aboriginal community. If the offender admits responsibility with respect to the charge(s), they do not go to court or get a criminal record for the particular offence(s). Rather they receive an alternative disposition such as counseling, treatment, or restitution.