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Use of Guided Pathways More than Doubles in Pandemic - CLEO to expand court form tool to victims of violence, small claims, and family law
November 30, 2021
Posted in:CLEO News

Toronto, ON — CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique commauntaire Ontario) is expanding its Guided Pathways to help more Ontarians seek legal protection from abuse and family violence, and to navigate Small Claims Court and family court.

Read the full release, click here

Attorney General visit

Hon. Doug Downey, Attorney General of Ontario, visit CLEO's offices to discuss the Guided Pathways, November 18, 2021

CLEO Connect Director position
November 17, 2021
Posted in:CLEO News

CLEO is seeking a creative leader for the position of CLEO Connect Director. If you are ready to inspire and lead CLEO's team in developing programs that support and train community workers from across Ontario to build their legal capacity, this role is for you.

To read the full posting click here.

Legal Content Developer / Staff Lawyer position
November 15, 2021
Posted in:CLEO News

CLEO is seeking to hire a lawyer to develop and review legal information for the Steps to Justice website, Guided Pathways, and training materials for community workers. We are looking for a lawyer with legal practice experience, strong skills in clear writing, and experience working with communities that are socially disadvantaged.

To read the full job posting, click here.

On the Radar - Special COVID-19 rules about rent increases end December 31
November 4, 2021
Posted in:On the Radar

Many tenants will see their rent go up in 2022 for the first time since 2020. This is because, in most cases, the government of Ontario didn’t allow any rent increases in 2021. For tenants not covered by the rent increase rules of the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA), the increase could be a lot.

This issue of On The Radar looks at the rules in the RTA most landlords must follow if they want to increase rents in 2022.

Quarterly Update
October 26, 2021
Posted in:Quarterly Updates

This Quarterly Update highlights:

  • Access to Justice week
  • New CLEO Board members
  • Family Law Guided Pathways video
  • Real time response on Steps to Justice,/li>

Read the full Quarterly Update here.

New CLEO Guided Pathways for family court motions to change on consent
October 20, 2021
Posted in:New Resources

If you and your former partner agree to make changes to arrangements for your children or support, CLEO's Guided Pathways now offer help completing the necessary court forms. Guided Pathways for Motions to Change on consent help with court forms when both parties agree to change a final order relating to:

  • decision-making responsibility (custody)
  • parenting time (access)
  • child or spousal support
  • making a change to a written agreement about support, or
  • other family orders

And if the parties don't agree on a change, there are also guided pathways for completing the court forms for requesting a Motion to Change and disagreeing with a Motion to Change.

All CLEO's Guided Pathways are available in English and French and are free to use.

For a video introduction to CLEO's Guided Pathways visit here.

On the Radar - Changes to ODSP forms
October 5, 2021
Posted in:On the Radar

Recently, the Ontario government changed all the forms in the Disability Determination Package for Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) applicants. But while the forms have changed, the legal test that decides whether a person is eligible for ODSP has not changed.

This issue of On the Radar looks at those changes and has tips to help community workers support their clients' ODSP applications.

Updated information on employment law
October 4, 2021
Posted in:New Resources

Steps to Justice has updated information about the increase to minimum wage that took effect on October 1, 2021, as well as changes to Employment Insurance (EI) that took effect on September 26, 2021. These EI changes:

  • lower the minimum EI payment amount from $500 to $300
  • raise the minimum "insurable hours" required to qualify for EI from 120 to 420 hours for all benefit types
  • reintroduce the one-week waiting period for EI payments
Annual Report 2020-2021
September 27, 2021
Posted in:CLEO News
CLEO's 2020-21 Annual Report is now available, featuring highlights of the year's activities.
On the Radar - Greater powers for the Landlord and Tenant Board could have major effect on tenants
September 8, 2021
Posted in:On the Radar

Tenants in Ontario are facing new rules that may seriously affect their rights and responsibilities. These changes to the Residential Tenancies Act became law on September 1.

This month's On the Radar looks at 2 of the more significant new rules. Landlords can now apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB):

  • after a tenant has moved out, and
  • when a tenant does not pay for utilities that they're responsible for.

There's a summary of all the key changes in the backgrounder from the LTB.