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The South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO) provides advice and representation to low‑income South Asians in Ontario. Also conducts public legal education, law reform, and community development activities in the South Asian communities throughout Ontario.

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Canada: Accept Recommendations from UN Review on Immigration Detention

In a news release, human rights groups are urging Canada to legislate against indefinite immigration detention and end child detention.

July 06, 2018

Forced Marriage: Who, if, when to marry: It's a choice

The South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario has prepared information and links to help about forced marriage on their website.

March 08, 2018

March 31: Free Webinar on Forced Marriage in Canada presented by Deepa Mattoo, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario

When: Tuesday,  March 31, 2015, 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (presentation: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; 3:30 p.m.: Q&A)

Where: Online, register to receive webinar information

To Register: Email Aruna Boodram, Project Coordinator, at to register for this webinar and you will receive the information to participate. You must register by March 30th, 2015.

Further information: Aruna Boodram

Discussion includes SALCO's groundbreaking report on FM, myths and assumptions about FM, current legislation on FM, and what Bill S-7 will mean for victims of Forced Marriage.

March 25, 2015

March 5: Toronto Forum on Refugee and Sponsorship Law

When: Thursday, March 5, 2015, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. EST

Where: Cedarbrook Community Centre, 91 Eastpark Boulevard, Scarborough  M1H 1C6

Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA) and South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO) invites you to their Steps to Justice forum on public legal education.

February 24, 2015

November 19: Emergency press conference on Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act

When: Wednesday, November 19, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Where: Ryerson University, Thomas Lounge, 55 Gould St., Toronto

Why: Press conference with violence-against-women activists and community legal experts, as well as a short performance by family violence advocates and survivors.

An emergency press conference will be held where Violence-against-women activists and community legal experts will respond to the introduction of the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act (Bill S-7).

November 18, 2014

Registration is now full for the December 11 webinar: Advocating for Refugee and Other Precarious Status Clients on Social Assistance Matters

When: Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 11 a.m. ET

Where: Online

This webinar provides information on ways to advocate for immigrant and refugee clients who are having their benefits illegally terminated based on a misapplication of social assistance regulations.

December 04, 2013

September 20: Launch of report, Who/If/When to Marry: The Incidence of Forced Marriage in Ontario

Date Friday, September 20, 2013
Time 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., with workshops to follow from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Place Oakham House, Oak Lounge, 63 Gould Street, Toronto
Contact Space is limited so please RSVP to by Monday, September 16, 2013.

SALCO's report outlines findings from its recent survey on the incidence of forced marriage and provides recommendations for change.

September 09, 2013

October 3: Forced Marriage Conference

Date Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Time 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Place Oakham House, 63 Gould Street (at Church St.), Rm SCC 115
Contact Maryum Anis at

"It's a Choice: Forced Marriage Conference - How to Respond in Forced Marriage Cases" will focus on federal and provincial policies and protocols currently in place as well as address some of the existing gaps in the system.

August 17, 2012

South Asian Legal Clinic Of Ontario releases Forced Marriage National Survey

The South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO) has been spearheading the Forced Marriage Project focusing on the addressing the myriad of social, political and legal issues regarding the practice of forced/non-consensual marriage. SALCO is conducting a national survey to determine the prevalence of forced marriages in Canada and the resources and tools needed by the social services sector as well as make policy recommendations based on the collected data.

August 02, 2012

April 12: SALCO Forum on Bill C-31, the Immigration Bill

Date Thursday, April 12, 2012
Time 6 p.m.
Where Friends Meeting House, 60 Lowther Ave., Toronto (1 block north of St. George subway station - Bedford exit)

No One Is Illegal - Toronto and The South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario hold a panel discussion on how to stop Bill C-31, the immigration bill.

April 02, 2012

May 3: Sister II Sister: Preventing Elder Abuse forum

Date May 3, 2011
Time 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where Ryerson University, Rogers Communications Centre, Room RCC 204, 80 Gould Street, Toronto

This forum is an opportunity for service providers and newcomer seniors to discuss
their experiences, learnings, and recommendations on preventing elder abuse among newcomers.

April 27, 2011