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The Tenant Survival Manual

This manual explains the Residential Tenancies Act and includes information on the Landlord and Tenant Board, moving in, rent, repairs and maintenance, privacy, ending a tenancy, and evictions. Topics covered apply to tenants across Ontario but many of the resources listed are available only in the City of Toronto.

Available in:

English, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi/Persian, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, Vietnamese

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2007

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Trying to Find a Place to Live? Discrimination – It’s Against the Law

This brochure explains what the law says about discrimination in rental housing. It describes the rights of renters with regard to sex and marital status, income rules, landlord references and credit checks, children, and harassment, and says what to do if a person experiences discrimination.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2007

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Web tool for renters with roommates: Sharing rental housing?

There are many different kinds of shared rental arrangements and different sets of laws that apply to them. This interactive web tool will help renters find out which laws apply to their situation and what their rights and responsibilities are.

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2007

Bail

Bail is a term that refers to the release of an accused person from custody while waiting for a criminal trial. This article explains what happens at a bail hearing, and what the courts consider in deciding whether or not to grant bail. It also explains the forms (or types) of release orders and the terms (or conditions) the court may put on an accused person who is granted bail.

Available in:

English

Format:

Newsletter

Produced/Updated In:

2006

Estate of a Deceased Indian

This article explains that the Indian Act and Indian Estates Regulations normally govern the estate of a reserve resident who has died. Sometimes, however, the estate may come under the jurisdiction of the courts.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2006

In brief: Jurisdiction of Ontario Courts

This information sheet provides an overview of the structure of the courts in Ontario, including the jurisdictions of the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice, and the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2006

In Brief: Roles in the Criminal Justice System

This is a list of terms used to describe the roles of people you find in and around criminal justice system courtrooms, including “Accused,” “Judge,” “Jury,” “Lawyer,” and 24 more. 

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2006

What is a Gladue Court?

The Gladue court is designed to hear the cases of Aboriginal offenders and propose sentences that are more in line with Aboriginal traditions than imprisonment. This article provides the background and history of the Gladue court and explains how it is different from a regular court.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2006

Making a Will

This self-help kit includes a glossary of legal terms and sections that talk about who can make a will, what types of wills there are, and when to use a lawyer.

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2005

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A Guide to the Substitute Decisions Act

This guide gives information to service providers on the Substitute Decisions Act (SDA). It outlines the decisions about property and finances and the decisions about personal care that come under the SDA and the rules for how people give power of attorney for these areas of decision making.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2000