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New information on refugee law
July 18, 2019
Posted in:New Resources

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
Posted in:New Resources

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
Posted in:New Resources

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
On the Radar: Policing, racialized communities, and street checks
July 2, 2019
Posted in:On the Radar

In a recent decision, the Supreme Court of Canada considered how people's experiences with the police may be affected by belonging to a racialized community or living in a low-income neighbourhood.

This month's On the Radar looks at the Court's decision and Ontario's laws on street checks by police.

CLEO launches new CLEO Connect website with training and tools for community workers
June 11, 2019
Posted in:CLEO News

Toronto, ON – CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario) has launched a specially designed website to support community workers with public legal education, and information. At, community workers can find training, tools, resources, and connections to help them help their clients with legal problems.

On the Radar - Elder abuse: Awareness and action
June 5, 2019
Posted in:On the Radar

To mark Seniors' Month, the June edition of On the Radar shares some key information about elder abuse.

Help stop cuts to community legal clinics in Ontario!
May 14, 2019
Posted in:CLEO News

Urgent message to our community partners

The Ontario government's recent budget made cuts to a number of public programs and services, which will hurt many of the people your organization serves. The cuts include a massive 30% cut to legal aid funding. And that's in this year alone.

CLEO is one of Ontario's 72 community legal clinics that receive funding from Legal Aid Ontario which, in turn, is funded by the Ontario government.

We expect that a cut of this magnitude is going to be devastating to the ability of low-income people to access legal aid services across Ontario, including help from Ontario's community legal clinics.

As you know, legal clinics are on the front lines of assisting people who are marginalized in keeping their housing, government benefits, and other elements essential to human rights and dignity. It will also put at risk CLEO's ability to provide free, reliable legal information through Steps to Justice and Justice pas-à-pas, in print and other formats, which we know is vital to the work of community workers and clients across Ontario.

The cuts could also affect your organization in other ways. Your staff may have more people coming to them with legal problems. And you will have fewer places to refer them to for the legal help they need to keep their housing or assistance, or to help them with other complicated, life-affecting problems.

Here is what you can do to help stop these cuts!

  1. Email, call, or write your local MPP. If emailing or writing, copy Premier Doug Ford and Attorney General Caroline Mulroney. You can start with our sample letter, and consider including details about the types of groups you work with who will be affected by the cuts. We understand that you may be too busy to send an individual email. The clinic system has set up a form email that you can use to email the Premier and the Attorney General.
  2. Tell us how CLEO and other legal clinics have helped you, your organization, or your clients. Your stories about how our resources and services help you in your work will help us defend against these drastic cuts to services to low-income Ontarians. You can email us at
On the Radar - Changes to fees in Ontario courts
May 1, 2019
Posted in:On the Radar

On April 1, 2019, fees that people pay to use Ontario’s courts went up. Some increases are as small as $1. But some are much larger, even double what they were.

This month’s On the Radar outlines some of these increases and what people can do if they can't afford the fees.

On the Radar - The right to be paid for training or trial shifts
April 1, 2019
Posted in:On the Radar

Before making a job offer, employers sometimes ask people to work trial shifts or show up for training. In some industries, for example, the restaurant business, trial shifts are not unusual.

This month's On the Radar highlights what the Employment Standards Act (ESA) says about the right to be paid for work. The ESA applies to most employees in Ontario.

Law Society Medal
March 29, 2019
Posted in:CLEO News

CLEO Board member Frank Walwyn has recently been named as a 2019 recipient of the Law Society Medal.

Each year, the Law Society of Ontario awards the Law Society Medal to selected lawyers who have made a significant contribution to the profession. The award is given for outstanding service within the profession, whether in the area of practice, in the academic sphere, or in some other professional capacity where the service is in accordance with the highest ideals of the legal profession. It may be awarded for devotion to professional duties over a long term or for a single outstanding act of service.

Called to the bar in 1995, Frank Walwyn is being recognized as a leader in the legal profession by the Law Society and as a trailblazer in the black legal community in Ontario. He is the longest serving president of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers and has championed equity and diversity in the legal profession, making invaluable contributions to the legal community as a whole.