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Making it easier to access ODSP dental benefits
 
https://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/ODSP_Dental.aspx
 

Rent increase guideline for 2019
 

The Ontario government has announced that the annual Rent Increase Guideline, the maximum percentage by which a landlord can increase the rent for most sitting residential tenants without approval from the Landlord and Tenant Board, is 1.8 per cent for 2019.

If you receive a rent increase from your landlord and you live in the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, contact us for free legal advice.

 

Chronique juridique - Winter 2018
 
Chronique juridique - Winter 2018 issue (in French only):


Articles in the Winter 2018 issue include (in French only):

 

- Social Assistance Review

- Ontario’s Employment Standards Review

- French services in Ontario

- Questions and Answers

 

Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program rate increases 2018
 

Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program and Ontario Child Benefit rates 2018 :

http://incomesecurity.org/public-education/ow-and-odsp-rates-and-the-ocb-2018-les-taux-dot-du-posph-et-de-la-poe-2018/

 

Door-to-door sales and home service contracts - new rules to protect consumers
 

In March 2018, new rules came into force to protect consumers concerning door-to-door sales and home service contracts.  Visit the Consumer Protection Ontario website for more information:

https://www.ontario.ca/page/door-door-sales-and-home-service-contracts

 

Standard lease templates starting April 30, 2018
 

Source: Ontario Ministry of Housing

Starting April 30, 2018, landlords of most private residential rental units – from individual landlords to property management companies – must use the the standard lease template for all new leases. http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page18704.aspx

Landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities remain the same under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (RTA).

Contact the Clinique juridique for more information at 1-800-250-9220.

 

Need a hand to prepare your tax return?
 
Tax clinic 2018
 

We will be closed Monday November 13 for Remembrance Day
 

Please note that we will be closed Monday November 13 for the Remembrance Day. Please leave us a message at 613-632-1136 / 1-800-250-9220.

For Family Matters, separation, child custody or Criminal Law matters, please call LAO at 1-800-668-8258.

 

Positive Rule Changes in OW and ODSP
 
https://incomesecurity.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=095b12c98935ecaadd327bf90&id=de5ba353de&e=f67f28a7b9
 

School disciplinary hearings: know your rights
 
http://blog.legalaid.on.ca/2017/06/27/school-disciplinary-hearings-know-your-rights/
 

Free Prescription Medications for Children and Youth Through OHIP+
 
https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2017/04/free-prescription-medications-for-children-and-youth-through-ohip.html
 

Vulnerable Ontarians to see significant reductions in their electricity bills
 
http://www.cjppr.on.ca/ClientCentral/index.php?lang=fr
 

Support for lower-income electricity consumers will increase by 50 per cent and more consumers will be eligible for assistance under changes to the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP), which take effect May 1, 2017.
 
https://www.oeb.ca/newsroom/2017/oesp-benefit-more-consumers-increase-credits-50
 

Ontario Introduces Bill to Protect Tenants from Unfair Rent Increases
 
https://news.ontario.ca/mho/en/2017/04/ontario-introduces-bill-to-protect-tenants-from-unfair-rent-increases.html
 

New ODSP Medical Reviews Start This Month
 
http://incomesecurity.org/policy-advocacy/new-odsp-medical-reviews-start-this-month/
 

The Legal Clinic will be closed on November 11 – Remembrance Day.
 
The Legal Clinic will be closed on November 11 – Remembrance Day.
 

Increases to Ontario’s Minimum Wages starting October 1, 2016
 

Increases to Ontario’s minimum wages will take effect on October 1, 2016:

 

General minimum wage increasing to $11.40 per hour (from $11.25).

 

Student increasing to $10.70 per hour (from $10.55).

 

Liquor Server increasing to $9.90 per hour (from $9.80).

 

Homeworker increasing to $12.55 per hour (from $12.40).

 

You can find moreinformation on the Ontario government website:

www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/pubs/guide/minwage.php

(source: halco.org)

 

The Government of Canada announces the Tackling Poverty Together Project
 
http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1119579&_ga=1.52315306.264895991.1473168994
 

Possible labour disruption at Canada Post:
 

Possible labour disruption at Canada Post: Information for social assistance recipients

 

Ontario Ensuring that Vulnerable Families Keep Child Support Payments
 

Province Ends Child Support Clawback

https://news.ontario.ca/mcss/en/2016/06/ontario-ensuring-that-vulnerable-families-keep-child-support-payments.html

 

Ontario Introduces Reloadable Payment Card for Social Assistance
 


News Release      

Ontario Introduces Reloadable Payment Card for Social Assistance.

https://news.ontario.ca/mcss/en/2016/05/ontario-introduces-reloadable-payment-card-for-social-assistance.html?utm_source=ondemand&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=p

 

Bill to ban some door-to-door sales tabled at Queen's Park
 
http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/news/bill-ban-some-door-door-sales-tabled-queens-park
 

Improving the Medical Review Process
 
http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/medicalReviewODSP.aspx

 

Rent Increase Guideline for 2016
 
Each year, the Ontario government announces the province’s Rent Increase Guideline for the following year.

Ontario’s annual Rent Increase Guideline is based on the Ontario Consumer Price Index (CPI), which is a measure of inflation calculated monthly by Statistics Canada. The rate of allowable rent increases for 2016 will be 2.0 per cent.

The guideline is the maximum amount that most landlords can increase a tenant’s rent during the year without making an application to the Landlord and Tenant Board. It is based on the CPI, which is regarded as an objective, reliable measure of inflation, charting the change in the price of all goods and services in the provincial economy.

The 2016 guideline applies to rent increases between January 1 and December 31, 2016.

Source: Landlord and Tenant Board www.ltg.gov.on.ca

If your landlord wants to increase your rent and you reside in the United Counties of Prescott-Russell, call us for free advice at 1-800-250-9220.

 

Checklist for OW and ODSP recipients
 
Checklist for OW and ODSP recipients
 

Rent increase guideline 1.6% -Guideline Doesn’t Protect Thousands of Ontario Tenants
 
Rent Increase Guideline 1.6%

Twice the 2014 Increase- Guideline Doesn’t Protect Thousands of Ontario Tenants

On June 20, Ontario’s new Minister of Housing, Ted McMeekin, announced that the annual rent increase guideline for 2015 would be 1.6 per cent – double the amount set for 2014. This reflects growing price inflation in Ontario’s economy as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

More than 50,000 tenant households will continue tosee even higher percentage rent increases because they are not protected by the annual guideline. They are vulnerable to exorbitant and unjustified rent in-creases, simply because they live in ‘newer’ buildings. Under the Residential Tenancies Act, tenantsliving in buildings built on or after November 1, 1991 are exempt from rent regulation. In addition, the law allows landlords to set rents at any level for new tenants moving into any vacant rental unit.

The continuing low vacancy rate in most of the Province creates the opportunity for landlords to raise rents on these units far in excess of the guideline. This is why the average rent increase across the province was 2.7% for two-bedroom units according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s Spring 2014 rental market survey. This pushed Ontario’s average rent over $1,000.00 for the first time in history. The average rent or all units surveyed in the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area, (where 45% of Ontario’s tenants live) is now $1,143.00. This reflects an increase over the Spring 2013 survey that is three times the 2014 rent guideline. 2015

 Tenants must continue to demand that Ontario’s laws be changed so that:

·rent regulation applies to all private rental buildings; and

·landlords cannot charge new tenants higher rents than the rent they could have charged the previous tenant.

 You can email a message to Minister McMeekin at minister.mah@ontario.ca

 Source: Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario, http://www.acto.ca

 

 

Tax Clinic on April 6, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Community Hall, Robert Hartley Sports Complex in Hawkesbury - Need a hand to prepare your tax return?
 
Tax clinic on Wednesday April 6, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, click here for details.
 

Checklist - before renting an apartment
 

Checklist - before renting an apartment

 

2015 Rent Increase Guideline
 
Each year, the Ontario government announces the province’s Rent Increase Guideline for the following year.

Ontario’s annual Rent Increase Guideline is based on the Ontario Consumer Price Index (CPI), which is a measure of inflation calculated monthly by Statistics Canada. The rate of allowable rent increases for 2015 will be 1.6 per cent.

The guideline is the maximum amount that most landlords can increase a tenant’s rent during the year without making an application to the Landlord and Tenant Board. It is based on the CPI, which is regarded as an objective, reliable measure of inflation, charting the change in the price of all goods and services in the provincial economy.

The 2015 guideline applies to rent increases between January 1 and December 31, 2015.

Source: Landlord and Tenant Board www.ltg.gov.on.ca

If your landlord wants to increase your rent and you reside in the United Counties of Prescott-Russell, call us for free advice at 1-800-250-9220.

 

Minimum Wage Increase - Effective June 1, 2014
 
Minimum Wage Increase - Effective June 1, 2014
 

2014 Rent Increase Guideline
 

The Ontario government has announced that the annual Rent Increase Guideline, the maximum percentage by which a landlord can increase the rent for most sitting residential tenants without approval from the Landlord and Tenant Board, is 0.8 per cent for 2014.

Source: Landlord and Tenant Board www.ltg.gov.on.ca

 

Budget Analysis 2013
 
Income Security Advocacy Clinic's Budget 2013 Analysis. Moving forward on Social Assistance Reform

Budget 2013 has begun to make positive changes to a social assistance system that has continued to impoverish and cause hardship for low-income Ontarians.

As a package, these changes don’t make major progress toward improving the lives of people on Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), but do represent positive steps toward making the systemic changes that are required. 

 

 

In Memoriam - Louis Michaud
 
In Memoriam - Louis Michaud…

 

It is with a deep sorrow that we are announcing that Louis Michaud passed away on February 16, 2013 from cancer. He leaves is wife Déva Dévi and two sons, Arjuna and Yani. He was a member of the Ontario Law Society since 1981. Louis started in September 1997 as a Lawyer at the Clinique juridique populaire de Prescott et Russell Inc. and then as Executive Director in April 2000. He was also a founding member of the Legal Clinic in 1983. He was devoted to  clients, the community and his friends. Louis’ presence at the office will be missed. Our sincere sympathy to his family and friends.  

 

Funeral Arrangements for Louis (also in the link below).

Louis Michaud  Saturday, February 16th, 2013

 

Visitation Location:
View map

Private

 

Other Info:

The family will be present from 11:30 a.m. to receive your condolences.

 

Service Location:
View map

St-Alphonse-de-Liguori
470, rue Principale Est
Hawkesbury ON K6A 1A9

 

Service Date:

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

 

Service Time:

at 12:00

Charity:

Canadian Cancer Society

 http://www.salonfuneraireberthiaume.com/en/funeral_details.php?funeralID=1480

 

OW / ODSP recipients: Do you have "pre-diabetes"?
 
Click here
 

Special Diet Allowance Changes
 

Source: Ministry of Community and Social Services (www.mcss.gov.on.ca)

Special Diet Allowance Changes

The Special Diet Allowance helps social assistance recipients who have eligible medical conditions receive the special diets they need to help manage their conditions.

The Special Diet Allowance will change on April 1, 2011 to make the program more accountable and comply with a Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario decision.

Changes include

  • Revising the list of eligible medical conditions. Some medical conditions will receive an increased allowance, other conditions will see a decrease. Also, medical conditions that the Special Diets Expert Review Committee found to not require a special diet that involves additional costs will be removed. This means some people will stop getting an allowance.
  • Requiring recipients to consent to the release of relevant medical information to support their application, and
  • Putting stronger tracking methods in place to improve accountability.

The Special Diet Allowance is one of the many social assistance benefits that will be considered in the context of Ontario’s social assistance review.

What this means to recipients

To be considered for the revised Special Diet Allowance, you will need to submit a new application form confirming you have an eligible medical condition. You need to do this even if you are currently receiving a Special Diet Allowance.

You can submit a new application at any time. However, if you currently receive a Special Diet Allowance, you should submit your application for an eligible medical condition by July 31, 2011 to avoid disruption to your Special Diet Allowance payments.

Current Special Diet Allowance recipients will be mailed a new application form and instructions for applying in February 2011. Forms are also available from local Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program offices.

Applicants will need to sign the consent statement on the application form to allow the release of medical information related to their application.

Previous versions of the Special Diet Allowance application will not be accepted after March 31, 2011.

 

 

 

Entraide budgétaire Prescott-Russell
 
The Clinique is proud to announce that starting in March, 2010, Entraide budgétaire, a new budget counselling service will be available for low-income residents of Prescott and Russell.   Thanks to the financial support of the Ontario Trillium Fondation, the Clinique received funds to implement this service for a 2-year term. Entraide budgétaire will offer a bilingual counselling service related to debt problems, budget planning and management, etc. This service will be offered at our location, 201-352, Main Street West, Hawkesbury, Ontario. 
 

Ontario Budget 2012
 
Analysis of how the budget will affect people on Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)or Ontario Works (OW).
 

Tax Filing, Tax Credits and Tax Refunds
 
Tax Filing, Tax Credits and Tax Refunds
 

Social Assistance: 1% increase
 
1% Increase for OW / ODSP starting November / December 2012

 

Tax Filing, Tax Credits and Tax Refunds
 
Tax Filing, Tax Credits and Tax Refunds
 

2012 Rent Increase guideline
 

(Source: Landlord and Tenant Board)

Each year the Ontario government announces the province’s rent increase guideline for the following year. The annual rent increase guideline is the maximum percentage by which a landlord can increase the rent for most sitting residential tenants without approval from the Landlord and Tenant Board.

The 2012 guideline is 3.1 per cent.

The new rent increase guideline applies to a rent increase that begins any time between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012 and applies to most residential units in Ontario.

In most cases, the rent for a unit can be increased if at least 12 months have passed since the tenant first moved in or since his or her last rent increase. The tenant must be given proper written notice of the rental increase at least 90 days before the rent increase takes effect.

 

2013 Rent Increase Guideline
 

The Ontario government has announced that the annual Rent Increase Guideline, the maximum percentage by which a landlord can increase the rent for most sitting residential tenants without approval from the Landlord and Tenant Board, is 2.5 per cent for 2013.

Source: Landlord and Tenant Board www.ltg.gov.on.ca

 

Suite Meter Rules effective January 1, 2011
 

Source: Landlord and Tenant Board www.ltb.gov.on.ca

Suite Meters

On January 1, 2011, the new suite meter provisions under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 will become law.  The “Suite Meters and Apportionment of Utility Costs” regulation (O. Reg. 394/10) will also be effective on this same date.

The Landlord and Tenant Board website will be updated as of January 1, 2011 to include the forms and applications related to these new suite meter provisions.

Suite Meter Rules effective January 1, 2011
Changes to Board's Rules and Guidelines effective January 4, 2011

Suite Meters:

To help explain some of the key provisions, the Board has a new brochure called “Information for Landlords and Tenants about Suite Meters”. Visit www.ltb.gov.on.ca to view or download this brochure.

The Board has also developed the following forms for landlords to use related to suite meters:

• “Tenant Agreement to Pay Directly for Electricity Costs”

• “Landlord’s Notice to Terminate Obligation to Supply Electricity”

• “Information to Prospective Tenant About Suite Meters or Meters”

As well, a new application form has been developed for tenants to use to apply to the Board for an order determining that the landlord has not complied with their obligations under the RTA related to suite meters or related to apportioning utility costs.  Visit the Board's website to view the “Tenant’s Application About Suite Meters” (Form T7) and instructions.

 

Monetary Jurisdiction of the Landlord and Tenant Board increased to $25,000
 

(Source: Landlord and Tenant Board)

Monetary Jurisdiction

As of January 1, 2010, the Landlord and Tenant Board’s monetary jurisdiction has increase from $10,000 to $25,000.

This means that if an application is filed on or after this date, the maximum amount that the Board can order paid to a party, or order as an administrative fine, will be $25,000.

 

ODSP/OW: Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit Ends: Apply before December 31, 2012
 
Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit Ends  

                       **    Apply before December 31, 2012   ** 

 

ODSP/OW Home Repairs Benefit Ends - Apply by June 30, 2012
 
ODSP/OW Home Repairs Benefit Ends - Apply by June 30, 2012