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Latest updates on Steps to Justice
August 26, 2019
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Steps to Justice has updated content on getting legal help with immigration problems

refugee problems as a result of the federal government's one-time additional funding.
New information on income assistance
August 8, 2019
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Steps to Justice now has information about Old Age Security.

Latest updates on Steps to Justice
July 29, 2019
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Steps to Justice has updated content on bail variations and getting help in family law reflecting changes to services provided by Legal Aid Ontario.

New information on refugee law
July 18, 2019
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Steps to Justice now has information for refugee claimants about getting legal help.

Online tool that helps people fill out family law forms now available in French
July 12, 2019
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Use CLEO's new online tool to complete and generate family law court forms in French using Family Law Guided Pathways. There are Pathways that can help with:

The Guided Pathways take users through a series of questions to help them complete their forms. Each question includes easy-to-understand information that explains what is required. Users' answers are used to create the forms they need, which they can save or print. The Guided Pathways also generate a checklist that sets out steps for filing their forms with the court. All personal information is stored securely and protects users' privacy.

The Guided Pathways are available in French on the Justice pas-à-pas website. (Guided Pathways are also available in English at the Steps to Justice website.)

These are the first few of many Guided Pathways to family court forms that CLEO is producing, with funding support from the Ministry of the Attorney General.

New edition - Elder abuse: The hidden crime
July 9, 2019
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Elder abuse: The hidden crime (April 2019) is now available.

Along with a new section on what people can do to protect themselves from abuse, this booklet describes:

  • the signs and symptoms of elder abuse
  • what to do if you suspect abuse
Guided Pathways to Divorce Forms
June 22, 2018
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Use CLEO's online tool to help you fill out the court forms you need to apply for a divorce.

Announcing New Online Refugee Hearing Preparation Training
December 12, 2016
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The University of Ottawa Refugee Assistance Project (UORAP) and Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) are delighted to announce the launch of a new online training tool for refugee support workers and others who assist refugee claimants in preparing for their hearing.

The new Hearing Preparation Training includes a series of instructional and case study videos, along with a suite of supporting written resources. It will help trainees understand the basics of a refugee claim, what evidence can support a claim, how to support gathering and submission of evidence, and what happens at the refugee hearing. These resources can be used independently or in conjunction with other training curricula.

Please visit to learn more and to take this training!

Background: The University of Ottawa Refugee Assistance Project (UORAP) was funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario to produce access to justice resources for the refugee support community following 2012 legislative changes to Canada's asylum system. In 2013, the UORAP produced written materials and developed a full-day training curriculum to equip refugee support workers to assist claimants as they gathered and submitted evidence for their claims on new, tight timelines. In 2013-14, 12 expert UORAP trainers delivered that curriculum to over 300 community workers across Canada.

This training and its supporting resources benefit from the expert input of over 15 expert refugee lawyers from across Canada, multiple community consultations, and feedback from hundreds of UORAP trainees. Special thanks goes to Productions Cazabon, our volunteer actors, and exceptional crew for making this video adaptation possible!

Questions and comments can be directed to

These resources were generously funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario.

Your Refugee Hearing
October 2, 2014
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CLEO launches Your Refugee Hearing, an online resource that helps refugee claimants see what a hearing room in Toronto looks like and who may be at their hearing. It also has practical information to help them:

Visit to see a hearing room on your desktop, or mobile.

Youth Criminal Law
May 21, 2014
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Looking for easy-to-understand, online information about youth criminal law?

Check out CLEO's updated Youth Criminal Law information.

Written with the assistance of Justice for Children and Youth for a youth audience, the site has sections on:

  • Talking to the police
  • Hiring a lawyer
  • Steps in a youth case
  • Court orders
  • Youth records
  • Getting a job with a record
  • Travelling with a record

Special features include flowcharts that show what can happen if the police think you’ve committed a crime and what can happen if you’re charged with a crime.

Available in English and French. Designed to be viewed on mobile or desktop. To find out more, go to or