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COVID-19, Employment, News

ON THE RADAR: New Benefit for Workers when there’s a COVID-19 Lockdown

Re-posted from ON THE RADAR, a publication of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)

In late 2021, the federal government introduced the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit (CWLB). Workers in Ontario could get the CWLB starting on December 19, 2021, when Ontario was confirmed as a lockdown region.

In this month’s On the Radar, CLEO provides more information on this new benefit. Learn more at: https://mailchi.mp/cleo.on.ca/on-the-radar-new-benefit-for-workers-when-theres-a-covid-19-lockdown.

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Additional COVID Support for Low-Income Energy Consumers

Re-Posted from Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN)

To support Ontarians through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) is once again temporarily increasing the flexibility of the Low-income Energy Assistance Program-Emergency Financial Assistance (LEAP EFA). In addition, the maximum value of grants amounts has been increased.

To be eligible for LEAP EFA, the applicant still needs to be in arrears but does not need to be in threat of disconnection or have been disconnected.

The limitation on receiving LEAP EFA only once per year is waived; however, the total amount received by a household may not exceed the maximum grant amount of for the year. 

Low-income customers can get up to $1,000 in emergency assistance for their energy bills ($1,200 if their home is heated electrically). 

This will extend until the end of 2022.

For more information, please visit the OEB website: https://www.oeb.ca/regulatory-rules-and-documents/whats-new-newsletter

This post gives general legal information. For legal advice for a specific situation please CONTACT KCLC.

housing, News

ON THE RADAR: Recent Changes to Ontario’s Rules for “No-Fault” Evictions

Re-posted from ON THE RADAR, a publication of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)

On September 1, 2021, the government made major changes to the Residential Tenancies Act. CLEO talked about some of these changes in September’s On the Radar. This month, CLEO looks at two new rules that relate to what are called “no-fault” evictions, for example, when a landlord wants to move in.

Learn more at:

https://mailchi.mp/cleo.on.ca/on-the-radar-recent-changes-to-ontarios-rules-for-no-fault-evictions?e=2979dc01ad

This post gives general legal information. For legal advice for a specific situation please CONTACT KCLC.

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Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Board & Staff of Kingston Community Legal Clinic invite you to our Annual General Meeting. This year’s AGM will be held virtually through Zoom and by phone on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. For instructions on how to connect and to receive a copy of our annual report prior to the meeting, please contact Rachel Evans at evansr@lao.on.ca or 613-541-0777 x.28 to REGISTER by Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

We hope to see you there!

COVID-19, housing, News

ON THE RADAR: Changes to Special COVID-19 Rules about Rent Increases end December 31

Re-posted from ON THE RADAR, a publication of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)

Many tenants will see their rent go up in 2022 for the first time since 2020. This is because, in most cases, the government of Ontario didn’t allow any rent increases in 2021. For tenants not covered by the rent increase rules of the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA), the increase could be a lot.

This issue of On The Radar looks at the rules in the RTA most landlords must follow if they want to increase rents in 2022.

Learn more at: https://mailchi.mp/cleo.on.ca/on-the-radar-special-covid-19-rules-about-rent-increases-end-december-31?e=63ebc9e633

This post gives general legal information. For legal advice for a specific situation please CONTACT KCLC.

Legal, News, Social Assistance

ON THE RADAR: Changes to ODSP Forms

Re-posted from ON THE RADAR, a publication of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)

Recently, the Ontario government changed all the forms in the Disability Determination Package for Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) applicants. But while the forms have changed, the legal test that decides whether a person is eligible for ODSP has not changed.

This issue of On the Radar looks at those changes and has tips to help community workers support their clients’ ODSP applications.

For more information check out the October issue of ON THE RADAR.

This post gives general legal information. For legal advice for a specific situation please CONTACT KCLC.

housing, News

Greater powers for the Landlord and Tenant Board could have major effect on tenants

Re-posted from ON THE RADAR, a publication of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)

Tenants in Ontario are facing new rules that may seriously affect their rights and responsibilities. These changes to the Residential Tenancies Act became law on September 1.

This month’s On the Radar looks at 2 of the more significant new rules.

Landlords can now apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB):

  • after a tenant has moved out, and
  • when a tenant does not pay for utilities that they’re responsible for.

For more information visit: https://mailchi.mp/cleo.on.ca/on-the-radar-greater-powers-for-the-landlord-and-tenant-board-could-have-major-effect-on-tenants?e=2979dc01ad

This post gives general legal information. For legal advice for a specific situation please CONTACT KCLC.