News & Events

Welcome to our News & Events page. Don Valley Community Legal Services actively participates in a variety of community activities, public legal education workshops, and community networking tables. One key component that allows members to be self-empowered is knowledge of what is happening around them. This page will allow us to share what is happening in the communities we serve.

Here we will share legal information articles, local law reform campaigns, news stories, community events and details for our Annual General Meeting.

If you are seeking legal assistance, an affidavit or notarial true copy, please use the Intake Form or call our Intake Line at 416-441-1764 ext. 1.

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Legal Info Articles & News 


Don Valley Community Legal Services among groups calling on federal government to increase disability benefits

April 29, 2024 By AMARACHI AMADIKE, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Beach Metro News When the Parliamentary Budget Officer recently released three hypothetical scenarios of the Canada Disability Benefit’s (CDB) costs, advocates of Canada’s disabled community were relieved to hear figures ranging from $2.1 billion to $20.5 billion beginning in 2025. However,

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DVCLS Participates in Community Clean Up

Our staff helped at the community clean up at R.V. Burgess Park in the Thorncliffe Park Community on April 22, 2024. The clean up event was organized by TNO, Health Access Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Health Centre. Thank you to our community partners and community members for their efforts!  

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Permanent residence fees increasing on April 30, 2024

The following information is from the Government of Canada website: On April 30, 2024, fees for all permanent residence applications are increasing as part of a routine update. These fees increase every 2 years to manage growing program and service delivery costs and to keep up with inflation.

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Limitations When Travelling Overseas

This article outlines what you can expect from the Canadian Embassy, Canadian Consulate, or Honorary Consul when you are outside of Canada. If you are a citizen of Canada and another country and you are travelling in the other country, please understand that having Canadian citizenship does not stop that other country from imposing restrictions upon you.

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The Housing Crisis

A recent KPMG survey found that an impressive 94% of respondents agreed that high housing costs and a lack of supply are the top risk to the economy in Canada. The respondents were business owners or executive-level decision makers. About a third of those interviewed were the leaders of companies with revenue over $500 million,

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Just Lost your Job? These are your Basic Rights Under the Employment Standards Act

Losing your job is always a stressful experience. However, knowing your rights and next steps in these situations can help minimize that stress. Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, or ESA, sets out the minimum rights for most non-unionized employees in the province (if you are a unionized employee,

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RentSafeTO needs to issue larger fines to bad landlords: tenants

RentSafeTO program is able to fine landlords up to $100K but never has Olivia Bowden · CBC News · Posted Mar 28, 2024 4:00 AM EDT Cockroaches, mice and piles of garbage — those are among the conditions residents of several high-rise apartment buildings in Thorncliffe Park say they’re facing.

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Avoiding Common Family Sponsorship Pitfalls

Disclaimer: The following information is intended to provide general information only. It’s a good idea to consult a lawyer about your particular circumstances before filing your application, to learn what to expect and make the process go more smoothly. For free legal advice and information, please call our Intake Line at 416-441-1764 extension 1.

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Facing Eviction for Landlord’s Own Use? Know Your Rights and How to Stand Your Ground

Receiving a notice from your landlord asking you to move out can be both shocking and unwelcome. If your landlord has given you a “Notice to End your Tenancy Because the Landlord, a Purchaser or a Family Member Requires the Rental Unit” (known as an N12), claiming they or their family need your home,

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Harassment in the Workplace

Ontario law prohibits workplace harassment and provides rights for workers who experience harassment. Employers have obligations under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (the “OHSA”) to address workplace harassment. Employers have additional obligations under the Human Rights Code (the “Code”), where harassment is connected to a ground of discrimination that is prohibited under the Code.

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