Steps to Justice is a first-of-its-kind initiative that empowers people in Ontario to understand and take action to deal with their legal problems. It gives comprehensive online information on common legal problems that people experience in family, housing, employment and other areas of law.
Steps to Justice:
- equips people to work through their legal problems through easy-to-understand steps
- includes practical tools, such as checklists, fillable forms, and self-help guides
- gives referral information for legal and social services across Ontario
- has live chat and email-based support for users with additional questions
Numerous justice sector partners are informing and reviewing the content to ensure that it is accurate and practical. And justice sector and community organizations will be able to embed Steps to Justice content on their own websites to share with their users. That means that Ontarians looking for practical legal information online will be able to access it easily and quickly – and know that it is reliable – no matter where their search begins.
A unique collaboration of justice sector organizations
Led by CLEO, Steps to Justice is a collaborative project of justice sector organizations. It is a signature initiative of The Action Group on Access to Justice, and benefitted from the early support of the Law Foundation of Ontario.
Partner organizations are sharing their vision, expertise, and resources to make this ground-breaking project possible. Steps to Justice partners include:
- the Ministry of the Attorney General
- the Superior Court of Justice
- the Ontario Court of Justice
- Social Justice Tribunals of Ontario
- the Law Society of Upper Canada
- Legal Aid Ontario
- the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario
- the Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario
- the Ontario Justice Education Network
CLEO is working with the Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario (AJEFO) to advance access to legal information for English- and French-speaking Ontarians. CLEO and AJEFO will build on Step to Justice and CliquezJustice.ca, AJEFO’s legal information portal, as the foundation of this work. CliquezJustice.ca offers easy-to-understand legal information for Francophone communities across Canada. The two organizations are working together to secure the funding we need to start work on this important project.
CLEO is grateful for the funding it receives from the Law Foundation of Ontario, Legal Aid Ontario, and the Department of Justice Canada.