Updates from CLEO!

Latest resources and news from Community Legal Education Ontario:

1. CLEO’s Webinar on New Tools for Helping People Find Good Legal Information

This one hour webinar was presented by CLEO for community workers who help users find legal information. Participants learned how to use Steps to Justice, CLEO’s newest website for helping clients find step-by-step information about common legal problems. The webinar also covered the importance of legal information and outlined the difference between legal information and legal advice. You can watch the webinar at your convenience by clicking here.

2. Updates on Social Assistance law

  • CLEO’s Steps to Justice now has information about:
  • CLEO’s On the Radar for November provides helpful information about when OW and ODSP can pay a person’s assistance to someone else.
  • Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) rates were increased in September, as announced in the 2017 Ontario Budget. The Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) has created a rates sheet on OW, ODSP, and the Ontario Child Benefit.

3. Updates on Housing Law

  • CLEO’s On the Radar for October provides helpful information about new protections that are available for tenants when a landlord wants to move in.
  • CLEO has an updated resource called “Harassment and discrimination” that describes tenants’ legal rights to privacy and to live free from harassment and discrimination by their landlord or by other tenants.
  • CLEO also has a revised resource called “Can your landlord take your stuff?” This publication talks about what your landlord must do with any personal property you leave behind when you move or are evicted.
  • There have been some changes in the law regarding rent increases:
    • The Ontario government has announced that the rent increase cap for 2018 will be 1.8%. Click here for more information.
    • The Rental Fairness Act, 2017 expands rent control to all private rental units, including those occupied on or after November 1, 1991. This change was made effective April 20, 2017. Any rent increase notices above this amount given on or after April 20 must be reduced to 1.5 per cent.
  • The Government of Ontario is launching a new program to help people improve the energy efficiency of their homes, while reducing their electricity bills and carbon footprints. The program is designed to help people who do not qualify for low-income conservation programs and who are unable to undertake energy efficiency improvements without support.
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