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Refugee Rights in Ontario: Resources for front-line workers

A website for front-line worker and advocates who work with refugee claimants.

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Rent increases
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January
2021
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To increase a tenant's rent, the landlord must follow the rules set by the Residential Tenancies Act. This resource explains those rules. It also talks about steps tenants can take if they have paid an illegal rent amount.

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Rent increases CLB 2
Rent increases CLB 2
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November
2013
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Renting a place to live (Fact sheet)
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January
2020
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This resource offers basic information to tenants about how much rent a landlord can charge, deposits and payments a tenant might have to make before moving in, and other rules landlords and tenants must follow. There is also information about discrimination, moving out, taking legal action if a landlord breaks the rules, and where to get referral information in many languages.

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Separation and Divorce or Death of a Spouse: Property Division
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March
2021
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This resource explains the basic rules for property division between separating married spouses, their rights and obligations with respect to the matrimonial home, and what happens to property if one spouse dies. It also explains the different situation of common-law spouses. There are sections on responsibility for debts, division of CPP credits, and written agreements. The publication closes with detailed information on where to find legal assistance.

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Separation and Divorce: Child Support
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March
2021
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When parents separate or divorce, issues about how to pay the expenses of raising their children arise. This publication discusses who has a legal responsibility to pay child support, as well as how to calculate the basic amount to be paid and other factors that can affect the amount of support, such as the child’s living arrangements and special expenses. The publication also explains how to enforce payment of child support and has a section about parents on social assistance. It closes with detailed information on where to find legal assistance.

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Separation and Divorce: Spousal Support
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March
2021
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This publication looks at spousal support for married or common-law partners who are divorcing or separating, including the factors that affect whether spousal support must be paid, in what amount, and for how long. It also contains information about spouses who are on social assistance, and how to enforce payment of support. It closes with detailed information on where to find legal assistance.

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Social assistance rules about couples: What you need to know if you live with someone
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October
2017
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This resource talks about how spouses who live together must qualify for social assistance as a couple. It explains how Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program decide whether two adults who live together are spouses. Topics include applying while living with someone, being on assistance when someone moves in, living separately from a spouse, and being accused of living with someone.

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Spousal support when you are on OW or ODSP
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November
2020
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This resource explains the rules about spousal support when someone is getting assistance from Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program.

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