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Part 2: Newcomers and the Transition Child Benefit

Recorded on March 22, 2022

Part 2 in our lunch and learn series gives community workers an overview of the Transition Child Benefit (TCB) as it relates to newcomers. What is the Transition Child Benefit? How long can a client expect to get the benefit and how much will they be paid? These questions and others were answered during our...


March 22, 2022 (45 minutes)

Part 1: Newcomers and the Canada Child Benefit

Recorded on March 8, 2022

This lunch and learn clarifies some common misconceptions about the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) as it applies to newcomers. There are grave consequences for clients who apply for this benefit without understanding the eligibility criteria. This webinar provides community workers, particularly those who are new to the...


March 8, 2022 (1 hour and 30 minutes)

Income benefits and COVID-19: what’s ended, what’s new and how benefits interact

Recorded on November 30, 2021

The rules and eligibility for employment insurance and other income assistance programs have changed several times during the pandemic and many programs have ended.

Our community-based experts explain the rules of income assistance programs. Learn how to help your clients access benefits while avoiding claw...


November 30, 2021 (1 hour and 30 minutes)

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...


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 (1 hour and 30 minutes)

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...


April 23, 2020 (1 hour and 30 minutes)

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

Recorded on April 16, 2020

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...


April 16, 2020 (1 hour and 30 minutes)

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)

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