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Resources and Publications

An Introduction to Family Law in Ontario
(
November
2012
)

This resource identifies the main issues that can come up when relationships end. It includes information about marriage and divorce, living together, and domestic contracts, and explains how decisions can be made through agreement, mediation, court, or arbitration.

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Appeals and internal reviews
(
September
2013
)

This resource outlines the process to follow when a person disagrees with decisions about their right to social assistance from Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program. It describes how to request an internal review, file an appeal with the Social Benefits Tribunal, and apply for interim assistance.

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Are you Aboriginal? Do you have a bail hearing? Or are you going to be sentenced for a crime? (Booklet)
(
June
2009
)

This booklet and accompanying poster are about the right of Aboriginal peoples, as a result of a case called Gladue, to have a judge take their background into account when setting bail or deciding on a sentence. The booklet explains the kind of information a judge needs in order to apply Gladue, when to give the judge this information, and where to go for help.

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Can your landlord take your stuff?
(
November
2012
)

This resource explains what landlords can do with personal property that tenants leave behind when they move or are evicted. It describes when it is legal for a landlord to take a tenant’s belongings, what a landlord can do with the belongings of a tenant who dies, and what some of the rules are for a tenant who lives in a mobile or land lease home.

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Care homes
(
February
2012
)

A care home is a rented home that provides health care services, attendant care services, or help with daily living. This booklet explains how to tell if someone is a care home tenant and describes the rights of care home tenants. It covers topics such as information packages, tenancy agreements, rent, services, and evictions.

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Child and spousal support when you are on social assistance
(
April
2012
)

This resource explains under what circumstances a person on social assistance is expected to try to get support payments from someone who is or was their spouse or same-sex partner, or who is the other parent of their children, and what they are expected to do. It talks about how support payments affect benefits and what to do if support payments are late or not paid.

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Children's aid: Information for parents (Fact sheet)
(
March
2014
)

This resource offers information to help parents who are dealing with child protection agencies. It outlines when an agency might contact a family, how to respond if contacted, what the agency might do, what to do if the agency takes a child away, and where to get help in many languages.

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Continuing Power of Attorney for Property
(
October
2010
)

This resource explains what a Continuing Power of Attorney for Property is, reasons to make one, and what can happen if you do not. Topics include how to make a Continuing Power of Attorney for Property, when an attorney can make decisions, the type of decisions they can make, and where to get forms, legal information, and help.

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CPP Disability Benefits
(
May
2014
)

This resource provides information on the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) disability benefits for workers who can no longer work because of a physical or mental disability. Topics include who can get a disability benefit, how to apply, other available benefits, and where to get help if refused.

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Credit repair
(
August
2013
)

This publication explains the legal rules for businesses that promise to "fix" or repair credit reports. It also explains why these services may often not be worth paying for, and suggests other ways for people to deal with credit and debt problems.

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