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How to find legal information

There are a variety of ways to find resources on Your Legal Rights. To get the best results, we recommend you first browse the legal topics and subtopics. If you don't find what you're looking for that way, then try doing a keyword search. More information on how to use our search engine is provided below.

Start on the Home page. There are 13 legal topics to choose from and each leads you to a set of subtopics. If you don't know which legal topic to look in, visit Legal Topics A-Z for an alphabetical list of the subtopics and which legal topic they belong to. If you put your mouse over a legal topic or subtopic, you will get a brief description of what it includes. Once you click on a subtopic, you will get a brief introduction to the subject and some "See Also" tips to help you zero in on what you need.

You can also browse all resources by language, format, or producing organization.

How to find common questions

We have put together a collection of questions and answers that we hope reflect people's everyday legal problems in Ontario. These answers guide users toward resources for more detailed information. You can see a sampling of these questions across the site on various topic and subtopic pages, but you can also see them all at Browse all common questions.

How to find resources by language

We have legal information on the site produced by over 200 organizations in over 40 languages. At any subtopic page, you can sort resources by language or visit Browse resources by language.

How to find legal and social services in Ontario

Services Map is an interactive guide to key legal and social services in Ontario. These organizations can help you take the next step in exercising your legal rights. Please note that many organizations listed on this website may have their offices located in Toronto but can help people who live anywhere in Ontario, so make sure to browse more than just the map to find the help you need. You can browse all services listings and filter by region of Ontario, by legal topic, or by service type.

For example, if you have a low income and need free legal help with an employment matter, an issue with your landlord, or with applying for or appealing a claim for social assistance (ODSP or OW), a community legal clinic is a great place to turn for these and many other legal problems. For more information, see: Find Services > Service by type - Legal Clinics - General Service.

How to find public legal education webinars

We are partnering with community organizations to deliver public legal education webinars. These webinars are aimed at community workers and advocates who work with low-income and disadvantaged communities in Ontario. Find out more in our Training section. The easiest way to find a webinar is to visit the Archived Webinars section where you can sort webinars by legal topic and producing organization.

How to find news & events

In our News & Events section, we try to bring you the latest news and events on law and access to justice issues. To receive a daily email bulletin of latest news and events, subscribe to our email bulletin. To submit a news article or event listing, use our submissions form. You can also browse our news by legal topic or by producing organization.

How to use our search

There is a search box on the top right-hand corner of every page on Your Legal Rights. This search will look for any content on Your Legal Rights that contains the words you use. Powered by a Google Custom search, the search engine ranks results by relevance. You can also choose to search all CLEO websites as well to expand or limit your search. 

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