Professor Jennifer Bond has received an Early Researcher Award (ERA) from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation for a five-year project entitled “Access to Justice in Canada’s Refugee System.”
Every year, thousands of refugee claimants seek Canada’s protection from persecution, torture, and risk to life. Professor Bond founded, and currently directs, the University of Ottawa Refugee Assistance Project (UORAP), which has provided free training to over 300 refugee support workers to directly address access to justice issues in Canada’s refugee claims process. Funding from the Early Researcher Awards (ERA) program will allow her to leverage the significant assets already in place to both expand and deepen research in this area. Specifically, increased funding will allow the UORAP to refine its instrumentation, grow its data pool from 40 to 80 cases, and conduct four ‘focused investigations’ into specific areas of the refugee system that appear to be contributing to access to justice deficits.
The Early Researcher Award program helps promising, recently-appointed Ontario researchers build their research teams of undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, research assistants, associates, and technicians. The goal of the program is to improve Ontario’s ability to attract and retain the best and brightest research talent.
Prof. Bond will receive $100,000 from the Ministry, with an additional $50,000 from the University in matching funds. She is only the second ever recipient of an Ontario ERA in the field of law. The first was the Common Law Section’s own Professor Suzanne Bouclin, who received an ERA in 2015.
Congratulations to Prof. Bond on this well-deserved recognition!