Resources - English

This know-your-rights guide is for non-U.S. citizens coming to Canada from the United States to make a refugee claim. It has four sections:

  • Coming by a port of entry
  • Making a refugee claim at a port of entry
  • Entering Canada somewhere other than at a regular port of entry
  • Protecting yourself
Available in:
English, français (français), Amharic (Amharic), Arabic (عربي ), Chinese (中文), Farsi/Persian (پارسی ), Haitian Creole (kreyòl ayisyen), Kurdish (Sorani) (Kurdish (Sorani)), Punjabi (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ), Somali (Afsoomaali), Spanish (español), Tagalog/Filipino (Tagalog/Filipino), Tamil (தமிழ்), Tigryna (Tigryna), Twi (Twi), Urdu (اردو), Vietnamese (tiếng Việt)
Produced by:
No One Is Illegal
Produced In:
2017
Format:
Booklet/PDF

Starting January 2017, important changes are being made to the way Ontario's social assistance programs treat child support payments, which will affect the advice you give to family law clients. This fact sheet answers these questions:

  • What changes are being made to the way that child support is treated in Ontario for recipients of Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)?
  • When will the changes take effect?
  • Will retroactive child support also be exempt?
  • Will parents still have to pursue child support in order to receive social assistance?
  • How does this change affect the calculation of child support?
  • How does this change affect spousal support?
Available in:
English, français (français)
Produced In:
2017
Format:
Booklet/PDF

Important changes are being made to Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) rules around child support. If you are a parent on OW or ODSP who is getting or should be getting child support, this fact sheet has information for you about these changes. It answers these questions:

  • What changes are being made?
  • When do these changes start?
  • My child's other parent owes me money for child support. Will I be able to keep all that money once I get it?
  • Will I still have to pursue child support in order to receive social assistance?
  • Will I have to report child support money that I get?
  • Do these changes also apply to spousal support?
  • The Family Responsibility Office has been collecting child and/or spousal support for me and paying that money to the Ministry. What will happen now?
Available in:
English, français (français)
Produced In:
2017
Format:
Booklet/PDF

Rules under the Consumer Protection Act (CPA), Highway Traffic Act (HTA), and the Repair and Storage Liens Act (RSLA) take effect on January 1, 2017. This fact sheet highlights key changes to help those affected become more aware and prepared. Topics covered are:

  • What is happening?
  • What changes will take place on January 1, 2017?
  • Repair and Storage Liens Act (RSLA)
  • Highway Traffic Act changes
  • Who is impacted by the new rules?
  • New Rules Already in Effect
  • What changed on July 1, 2016?
Available in:
English, français (français)
Produced In:
2017
Format:
Booklet/PDF
Recorded on April 20, 2017 - Artists who are deaf or disabled are encouraged by various government arts councils to apply for grants to pursue their artistic projects and develop their professional capacity. However, if those artists are on ODSP, the grants are treated as "income". This causes many artists with disabilities to fear that they would receive little or no benefit from those grants, or that their ODSP eligibility might be threatened. The ODSP Action Coalition, in cooperation with Workman Arts and other artists' groups, has published an information pamphlet to explain the rules to deaf and disabled artists. We show how many arts grants should be fully or at least partially exempt, so the ODSP recipient can actually use them for their artistic project and maintain their ODSP benefits.
Available in:
English
Produced In:
2017
Format:
Webinar

Arts councils encourage artists who are Deaf or have a disability to apply for grants to develop their artistic projects. However, artists on ODSP worry about how this funding may affect their eligibility for, or the amount of ODSP benefits. This brochure explains the ODSP income rules and how various kinds of arts grants may be treated.

Available in:
English, français (français)
Produced In:
2017
Format:
Booklet/PDF

The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) has prepared some Frequently Asked Questions about refugee claimants arriving from the U.S.

The questions include:

  • Why are there more people crossing from US into Canada to make refugee claims?
  • Why do people cross irregularly?
  • What is the Safe Third Country Agreement?​
  • Why is the US not safe for refugees?
  • What happens to refugee claimants who cross irregularly?
  • What are the security concerns when refugee claimants cross irregularly?
Available in:
English, français (français)
Produced In:
2017
Format:
Web

When parents separate or divorce, issues about how to pay the expenses of raising their children arise. This booklet discusses who has a legal responsibility to pay child support, as well as how to calculate the basic amount to be paid and other factors that can affect the amount of support, such as the child's living arrangements and special expenses. The booklet also explains how to enforce payment of child support and has a section about parents on social assistance. The booklet closes with detailed information on where to find legal assistance.

Available in:
English, français (français), Chinese (中文), Spanish (español)
Produced In:
2017
Format:
Booklet/PDF, Web

Steps to Justice is a website that empowers people in Ontario to understand and take action to deal with their legal problems. It gives comprehensive online information on common legal problems that people experience in family, housing, employment and other areas of law. Led by CLEO, Steps to Justice is a collaborative project of justice sector organizations. 

Available in:
English

This booklet explains pregnancy and parental leaves under Ontario law and pregnancy and parental Employment Insurance (EI) benefits for new and expecting parents. Charts show the number of weeks of EI benefits and time off work that birth parents and adopting parents can receive if they qualify.

Available in:
English, français (français)