Conflict Resolution Week, October 17-24, 2015: Mediation gaining support to resolve disputes

VANCOUVER, B.C., Attorney General Suzanne Anton, on behalf of the Government of British Columbia, has proclaimed October 17 to 24, 2015 as Conflict Resolution Week in B.C. The Proclamation is anticipated to be acknowledged in the Legislature during Conflict Resolution Week. Concurrently, Mediate BC roster mediators will host events in communities across British Columbia intended to encourage use of mediation.

“Mediation offers British Columbians an affordable and effective alternative to going to court. Our government supports early resolution and empowering people to effectively resolve their disputes when appropriate, and is proud to proclaim Conflict Resolution Week in B.C.,” said Attorney General Suzanne Anton. “Raising awareness about the benefits of using mediation to find mutually beneficial and respectful ways forward is what this week is all about. I encourage British Columbians to participate in the free events Mediate BC has planned and to learn more.”

British Columbians are also showing strong support of mediation to resolve disputes.

A recent survey by Mediate BC, a non-profit organization that supports and promotes mediation, indicates mediation resolved issues in more than 90% of civil, family and workplace disputes, and further that 86% of participants in small claims mediation were satisfied with the mediator’s conduct.

“We are seeing some very positive statistical and anecdotal results from our 300 mediators across British Columbia. Parties in dispute – whether they are neighbours, colleagues in the workplace, families in transition, or businesses – are benefiting from very quick and affordable mediated solutions. People in conflict, in almost any part of BC, can get a qualified mediator in a matter of weeks, and in three hours and $1500 or less, the matter can be resolved,” explains Mediate BC CEO, Monique Steensma. “That’s still astonishing to me and a good reason for anyone in a dispute to at least consider mediation as an option to an expensive and time-consuming trial process.”

B.C. established the Family Law Act to encourage consensual out-of-court dispute resolution to resolve family law matters. The Ministry of Justice has created 21 Family Justice Centres and three Justice Access Centres as part of an innovative, 21st century justice system that helps British Columbians navigate their legal matters more quickly and easily. Family Justice Centres throughout B.C. are staffed by professionally trained mediators who help people make decisions when they are experiencing separation or divorce. Justice Access Centres also provide families with mediation solutions that help keep many disputes out of court.

Mediate BC’s Conflict Resolution Week theme is “Why not mediate?” and invites British Columbians to learn more by coming behind the scenes to discover more about mediation at

Background and facts about Mediate BC:

Mediate BC, a not-for-profit organization, provides a range of training, service, development and quality monitoring of programs to support and develop dispute resolution services throughout B.C. During Conflict Resolution Week, from October 17 – 24, 2015, mediators across the province are highlighting the benefits of mediation during events and talks. For more information, visit

“Why not mediate?,” the theme of Conflict Resolution Week 2015, invites individuals not yet familiar with the benefits of mediation to consider it as an alternative to litigation.

Additional resources:
Mediate BC's 2015 Survey of Roster Mediators
The 2015 Canadian Lawyer Legal Fees Survey
A Case for Mediation: The Cost-Effectiveness of Civil, Family and Workplace Mediation

Attachments: Official Proclamation and Infographic on mediation

For information or an interview, please contact:
Susan Van Dyke, Mediate BC, Media Relations, 604-839-6441.

Mediate BC

177-800 Hornby Street Vancouver, BC V6Z 2C5
Phone: 1-877-656-1300
Fax: 604-684-1306

Posted: October 16, 2015