COVID-19, News

ON THE RADAR: COVID-19 Benefits

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

Over the past few years, the provincial and federal governments have created financial benefits to help people affected by COVID-19. Some of these benefits are still available but are due to end later this year.

Click HERE for more information in this month’s issue of ON THE RADAR.

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

News, Taxation

ON THE RADAR: Tax Tips & Updates for 2021

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

Tax season is here again. Filing a tax return tells people how much money the government owes them or how much tax they must pay. It also lets people access several government benefits.

Click HERE to read the March issue of ON THE RADAR with tax tips and updates for completing your 2021 income tax return.

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

Uncategorized

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.

News

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.