1984: Young Offenders Act

Because the Young Offenders Act was based on the principle of “minimal intervention,” significant resources were committed to develop alternative measures (such as diversion programs) in all regions of the province. Much of this was done through contract with the private sector. Community services, attendance programs and community based residential programs emerged in all regions of the province.

Former Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Community and Family Development, on the impact of legislative change from the Juvenile Delinquents Act to the Young Offenders Act