New CLEO Eviction Solution Explorer
CLEO Quarterly Update
New CLEO Eviction Solution Explorer for people with unpaid rent
Eviction Solution Explorer  

We launched the latest addition to our stable of Guided Pathways this quarter, the Eviction Solution Explorer, which helps tenants under threat of eviction because of unpaid rent. This free tool guides users to consider possible solutions and defences, helping them identify what steps may be appropriate to their particular situation. Based on their answers to a series of questions, documents are generated for the user, such as:

  • a tip sheet with possible defences,
  • letters that they can send to their landlord,
  • speaking notes for an eviction hearing, should it come to that, and
  • a form to help them develop a payment plan to address arrears.

We are grateful to our clinic colleagues for their feedback on the Eviction Solution Explorer, which is available in English and French.

Training for nonprofits
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In the first quarter of 2022, CLEO's Nonprofit Law Ontario project partnered with 18 associations and networks across Ontario to deliver 26 workshops to managers and board members at Ontario nonprofits. With the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) finally coming into effect, it is important for nonprofits to understand the new rules and how they affect their governance.

Training topics have included transitioning to ONCA; legal structures when starting out; governance; privacy and record keeping; and election advocacy. During this time, Nonprofit Law Ontario also piloted an innovative half-day session in which participants were able to bring their governing documents and leave with a line-by-line analysis of what changes ONCA might require them to make.
Working closely with the Ontario Nonprofit Network, CLEO has produced information and supports about transitioning to the ONCA since 2013.
Using technology to support community workers
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CLEO Executive Director Julie Mathews was pleased to participate on a panel at the Legal Services Corporation’s annual Innovation in Technology Conference this past January. The Legal Services Corporation is the largest funder of civil legal aid in the US, and their annual conference looked at how technology can be harnessed to expand access to justice.

Entitled Helping the Helpers: Tech Strategies to Support Community Justice Partners, the panel discussed the critical role community workers play in helping people with legal problems, a topic dear to Julie's heart. Julie was able to draw on the wealth of research she undertook for the report she co-authored with Professor David Wiseman from uOttawa Faculty of Law, Community Justice Help, released in July 2020. She also highlighted CLEO's experience developing online tools and training resources to support our frontline colleagues.
Webinaires en francais!
The CLEO Connect team now offers webinars in French for community organizations! We held four trainings this quarter, reaching 102 community workers.
Our two skills-building webinars demonstrated the ins and outs of Justice pas-à-pas and Parcours guidés to our community colleagues. We also delivered two legal information training sessions: one on Harcèlement sexuel en milieu professionnel (organized with the help of la Clinique juridique de Perth and in collaboration with Oasis Centre des femmes) and the second, Testaments et procurations : présentation, enjeux et outils juridiques, with le Centre francophone du Grand-Toronto.
April 2022
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