Newsletter

Stay up to date with latest news and updates on any new changes to laws that effect you. Our periodic Newsletter provides quick synopsis of the latest changes to laws on human rights, workers' rights and employment, housing, immigration and other areas.

Stop the Cuts: Access to Justice for All On April 11th, 2019, the provincial government announced a $133 million cut to Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) funding, which is over 30% cut to the provincial contribution to legal aid. 10 % additional cut to LAO is scheduled for 2020. In addition, LAO has been directed to […]

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Bill 132: Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act On March 8, 2016, the Ontario Legislature enacted Bill 132: Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act, which amends several statutes to provide support to survivors of sexual violence and to eliminate sexual harassment.  Specifically, important changes were made to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Residential […]

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Changes to Social Assistance ODSP and the New Medical Review Process In March 2016, the Ministry of Community and Social Services began working with external stakeholders and advocates to design a new and simpler medical review process and form. The purpose of medical reviews is to ensure that clients are still eligible for ODSP benefits. […]

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What’s new? New Federal Policies and Rules In November, 2015, a new Federal Government came into power. With a new Government, there are some new changes in laws and policies.  Here are a few examples of what’s new at the federal level: Doubling Quota for Sponsored Parents and Grandparents: As promised, the Liberal Government increased […]

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Proper record-keeping: protecting your rights when working cash jobs Cash jobs are extremely prevalent in the community. Many employees are now paid exclusively by cash or partially by cash and partially by cheque or direct deposit. In many such cases, employers may have spotty record keeping and often do not provide proper payroll documents to […]

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Consumer protections  Many clients contact our clinic after they experience problems with a product or service that they have purchased. The following article will discuss some of the most common problems we hear about and also provide advice about how you can protect yourself when you enter into an agreement to purchase a product or […]

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Changes to the Employment Standards Act  Three New “Family-Focused” Leaves In effect as of October 29, 2014:   The Employment Standards Act (ESA) has been amended to create three new job-protected leaves for workers in Ontario.  It is important that workers understand the purpose of the leaves and the requirements necessary to qualify to take […]

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Air conditioner scams During the summer months when outdoor temperatures are rising, so too are the complaints to our clinic about “air conditioner scams.” A rash of similar fact scams have been received at the clinic from clients who were approached at their home and duped into entering leasing agreements for their heating or cooling […]

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Propose changes to Canadian Citizenship The Canadian Government has introduced a new bill, Bill C-24 to change the Citizenship Act.  While the Government claims that the Bill will improve processing times while strengthening the integrity of Canadian citizenship, what is really does is to make it harder for immigrants to become Canadian citizens, and easier for […]

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Changes to Parents and Grand Parents Sponsorship Sponsorship program will resume on January 2, 2014 Citizenship and Immigration Canada have announced that they will re-open family sponsorship of parents and grandparents for new applications on January 2, 2014.  However, only 5,000 applications will be accepted in 2014.  Furthermore, these applications will be accepted on a […]

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