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.

    • Bill 132: Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act
    • Understanding the Rent Control Exemption in the Residential Tenancies Act
    • New changes to Social Asistance
    • New changes to Employment Insurance
    • Simplifying the Process for Old Age Security
    • New changes to social assistance
    • New rules on Tips and Gratuities
    • minimum wage increase
  • new changes to the Federal and Provincial policies and rules
  • Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP)
  • Ontario Energy Board (OEB) issued an fraud alert
  • Chinese Restaurant Workers Survey         
  • Proper record-keeping: protecting your rights when working cash jobs
  • Changes to the the Employment Standards Act
  • Consumer protections
  • Changes to Citizenship Act effective June 11, 2015
  • Challenging the new Citizenship Act’s language and knowledge requirement
  • Changes to the Employment Standars Act:

    • 3 new leaves as of October 29, 14

    • Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014

  • New financial eligibility for Legal Aid Ontario

  • tips when signed an energy contract

  • Air conditioner scams
  • Common-law Relationships and the Child Tax Benefit
  • New citizenship certificate and Social Insurance paper form
  • Propose changes to Citizenship Act
  • Changes to Old Age Security Program
  • Changes to parents and grand parents sponsorship
  • OW and ODSP Rates & OCB increase
  • Consumer Alert – Hot Water Heater Rentals
  • Ontario minimum wage increase June 1, 2014
  • 2013 September  - (view PDF)

    • Bill C43: the new Faster Removal of Foreign Ciminals Act which became law on June 19, 2013.  The new law will make it easier to deport permanent residents and foreign nationals who have been convicted of certain criminal offences either in Canada or abroad.

    • The new changes to record suspensions (formerly known as Pardons)  effective on March 13, 2012.  Some of the changes include raising the non refundable application fee from $150 to $631, doubling the crime-free waiting period to 10 years before a serious offender can apply to suspend indictable convictions, and from 3 years to 5 years for summary offences.  The new changes also disqualify anyone with more than three convictions for indictable offences and some child sex offenders from ever being able to apply.

  • 2013 May - (view PDF)

    • New changes on refugee law in Canada including the new Basis of Claim form, new timeline for claims based on country of origin, and the new Designated Countries of Origin (DCO) scheme.

    • The new establishment of a new Refugee Appeal Division to hear appeals from some failed refugee claimants.

  • 2013 January(view PDF)

    • New change in Canada’s Citizenship Act on limitation of citizenship by descent and new language rules for citizenship applicants. 
    • New changes in Immigration law, introducing a sponsorship bar for family violence, violent crime, in sponsoring a person to Canada as a spouse or partner. 
    • The new conditional permanent resident for spousal sponsorship.
  • 2012 September -(view PDF)

    • Celebrating the Clinic's 25th years of advocacy.
    • Bill C-31 and humanitarian and compassionate applications.
    • Major changes to the EI program.

  • 2012 May - (view PDF)

    • Changes to the Interim Federal Health Program.
    • A Guide to Family Court for unrepresented parties (at the Ontario Court of Justice in North Toronto).
    • Employment Insurance (EI) for workers and/or residents outside of Canada.
    • Specialty Clinic: WSIB matters.
  • 2012 January - (view PDF)

    • The new Energy Consumer Protection Act (ECPA).
    • Bill C-11: Balanced Refugee Reform Act.
    • Parent and grandparent super visa.
  • 2011 September - (view PDF)

    • CPP benefits: when CPP/OAS benefits can be subject to seizure.
    • Misrepresentation in the Canadian Immigration system.
    • Ontario's labour law protection for temporary foreign workers and live-in caregivers.
  • 2011 May - (view PDF)

    • New changes to spousal sponsorship affective September 30, 2010.
    • Open for Business Act with amendments to the Employment Standards Act.
    • Changes to the special diet allowance program.
  • 2011 January - (view PDF)

    • Protection of worker’s rights in unionized workplace.
    • Changes to the CPP implemented on January 1, 2011.
    • Family Law Service Centres in the GTA.
    • Specialty Clinic: Advocacy Centre for the Elderly.
  • 2010 September - (view PDF)

    • Bill 168 - changes to prevent workplace violence and harassment.
    • Pardons: people who have a criminal record in Canada.
    • Specialty Clinic: Toronto Workers’ Health and Safety Legal Clinic.
    • News and Annoucements: Lawyer Referral Service is now Free!
    • Annual General Meeting: Tuesday, September 28, 2010.
  • 2010 May - (view PDF)

    • Criminality and immigration status.
    • New changes for workers: minimum wage Increased to $10.25/hour.
    • Holograph Wills.
  • 2010 January - (view PDF)

    • New project by Colour of Poverty Campaign.
    • Canadian citizenship and who can apply.
  • 2009 September - (view PDF)

    • Protecting consumers in energy contracts.
    • Canada Child Tax Benefit.
    • Annual General Meeting: Tuesday, September 22, 2009.
  • 2009 May - (view PDF)

    • Immigration: Canada Experience Class.
    • Casino tour operator fined for violating worker's rights.
  • 2009 January - (view PDF)

    • Government of Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy.
    • New law for temporary agency workers.
    • The new human rights system in Ontario.