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CLEO's Your Legal Rights webinars are aimed at community workers and advocates who work with low-income and disadvantaged communities in Ontario.

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Immigration status and Social Assistance

Recorded June 23, 2021 – Misunderstandings exist about who is eligible for social assistance programs in Ontario and about consequences of receiving Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).  Undocumented people and those living with temporary status can be concerned about applying for benefits. And others need to know the rules about sponsoring relatives or being sponsored while receiving social assistance.


June 23, 2021 (90 minutes)

Income Benefits during COVID-19: Updates and review of provincial and federal benefits and how they interact

Recorded on February 4, 2021 – The federal government introduced new and temporary income benefits last year to help people cope with the impact of COVID-19. At the same time, the provincial government introduced temporary financial supports, particularly for those on Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).


February 4, 2021 ()

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Income Benefits during COVID-19: A webinar for front-line workers on CERB to EI + new Canada Recovery Benefits

Recorded on October 1, 2020 – CERB payments will soon end but many of your clients will not be returning to work. What will the new Employment Insurance (EI) program offer and who will get access? Who can apply for the new Canada Recovery Benefits?
Get the latest updates and details on the expanded EI program soon to be implemented and the three new Canada Recovery Benefits.


October 1, 2020 (1 hour and 30 minutes)

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Income Benefits (CERB/EI + others) and Workers’ Rights during COVID-19 – May 14 2020

Recorded on May 14, 2020  – This was CLEO’s third online information session for front-line workers to get updates on Income Benefits (CERB/EI + others) and Workers’ Rights during COVID-19. Legal clinic lawyers provide practical information to help you answer the questions your clients are facing when applying for income benefits and understanding their rights at work.


May 14, 2020 (1 hour and 30 minutes)

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Income Assistance (CERB/EI), Workers’ Rights, and Immigration during COVID-19

Recorded on April 23, 2020 – CLEO hosts this second online information session for front-line workers to give them up-to-date information on the new CERB and EI benefits. Experts from legal clinics and other community organizations will discuss the key issues and answer questions from workers.
This webinar includes information on how people’s immigration status may affect their eligibility for CERB and other income assistance.


April 23, 2020 (1 hour and 30 minutes)

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Income Assistance (CERB/EI) & Workers’ Rights Information Session (related to COVID-19)

Recorded on April 16, 2020 (1 hour and 30 minutes) – This online information session is for front-line workers across the province to provide detailed information on the new Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and Employment Insurance (E.I.) benefits. This webinar features experts in employment law and workers’ rights, including lawyers from community legal clinics,


April 16, 2020 (1 hour and 30 minutes)

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Changes to social assistance: What Was Announced, What It Means, and What’s Next

Recorded on December 6, 2018  – On November 22, 2018, the Ontario government announced a number of changes to Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).


December 6, 2018 (1 hour and 30 minutes)

Social Assistance in Ontario: What’s happened and what’s next?

Recorded on September 27, 2018 –  On July 31, 2018, while scrapping the Basic Income pilot, the Ontario government announced that a number of improvements to Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) would not take place in the Fall of 2018 as scheduled.


September 27, 2018 (1 hour)

Income Security Roadmap for Change: What it says, why it matters, and what you can do

Recorded on December 08, 2017 – An important new report called “Income Security: A Roadmap for Change” provides community members, advocates, and decision-makers an important opportunity to push for major new investments and transformation in Ontario’s income security system, including social assistance.


December 8, 2017 (1 hour)

Basic Income in Ontario: What low-income people, service providers and advocates need to know

Recorded on June 15, 2017 – The Ontario government recently announced the details of its Basic Income Pilot Project, and low-income people living in the test areas will start being signed up soon.

In this wide-ranging and accessible webinar, participants will learn:


June 15, 2017 (1.5 hours)