News from Downtown Legal Services

Downtown Legal Services (DLS) is a community legal clinic operated by the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. It offers free legal services to low-income residents of Toronto and to University of Toronto students. Legal services are provided by law students working under the close supervision of staff lawyers. DLS provides assistance to financially eligible clients in the following areas of law: criminal law, employment law, family law, refugee and immigration law and tenant housing.  We also assist University of Toronto students with academic appeals and offences.

Update September, 2016 - Low income individuals as well as full-time students at the University of Toronto can receive free legal advice and representation on matters including wrongful dismissals, breaches of the Employment Standards Act, discrimination under the Human Rights Code, and denial of regular Employment Insurance benefits following dismissal.  

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Information for tenants being pressured to leave their homes

Downtown Legal Services has prepared information intended to help tenants and remind them that landlords have to go through the Landlord and Tenant Board to evict them.

June 08, 2018

Register now for November 30 Webinar on Probationary Periods

When: Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. ET

Where: Online

This webinar covers the basic, but often poorly understood, rules around probationary periods.

November 21, 2016

Downtown Legal Services Now Offers Employment Law Services

Low-income individuals as well as full-time students at the University of Toronto can receive free legal advice and representation on employment law matters.

September 19, 2016

Register today for November 28 webinar: Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act

When: Thursday, November 28, 2013, at 10 a.m. ET

Where: Online

This webinar, intended for community workers, gives information on changes to the law in regard to the impact of criminality on the immigration system.

November 20, 2013

Register today for July 4 webinar: Threats to Convention Refugee and Permanent Resident Status

When: July 4, 2013 at 12 p.m. ET

Where: Online

July 4, 2013 at 12 p.m. ET - This webinar examines cessation and vacation proceedings and highlights the significance of recent changes to the law as well as ways that service providers can offer support during the citizenship process,

July 02, 2013

Registration now closed for June 27 webinar: Refugee Claim or an H&C?

When: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10 a.m. ET

Where: Online

June 27, 2013 at 10 a.m. ET - This webinar is for community workers and will highlight what to consider when deciding whether to make a refugee claim or an H&C application. Registration is now closed. 

June 20, 2013