Community Legal Education Ontario/Education juridique communautaire Ontario

Community Legal Education Ontario/Education juridique communautaire Ontario

February 18, 2010 15:44 ET

Your Rights. Your Language.

"You have rights. You can get help".


TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 18, 2010) - To a new Canadian, the knock at the door from the landlord or a Children's Aid worker can be frightening; the unsafe job site the only source of income; the child in trouble with the law, a shameful secret; the sponsorship process to be reunited with family members, labyrinthine; the claims of refugee consultants, baffling; the illegal rent increase, the price for staying housed; protection of Canadian residency a false hope.

FREE, legally accurate information launched February 24 takes the mystery out of legal rights in Ontario.

After an extensive research, community input and a two-year process of development, CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario / Education juridique communautaire Ontario) releases accessible new legal information for Ontario's most vulnerable and isolated new immigrants addressing the difficulties with the law they most frequently encounter.

These targeted areas of law
* Children's aid: Information for parents
* Criminal charges in Canada and your immigration status
* Do you want to sponsor your family to join you in Canada?
* Has your child been charged with a crime?
* Refugee claims in Canada
* Your rights as a worker
* Does your landlord want you to move out?
* Renting a place to live

Are made simple in plain language, text and audio versions of Arabic, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Urdu, English, French

Along with specialized multilingual telephone support 24/7 through Findhelp Toronto, with specially trained referral specialists familiar with the CLEO legal materials 1-866-667-5366.

This service is toll-free and available across Ontario.

A celebration and official launch with community centre b-roll and photo ops
MC: Frank Walwyn, CLEO Board member and President of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers
Welcome and thanks: Frederika Rotter, CLEO Board president
Opening remarks: Chris Bentley, Attorney General of Ontario
Why these materials are needed: Debbie Douglas, Executive Director of Ontario Coalition of Agencies Serving Immigrants
Lillian H. Smith Library, 239 College Street, Toronto, M5T 1R5
9:30 – 11:00
(pre and post interviews and b-roll available.)

CLEO gratefully acknowledges its community partners:
Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, Arab Community Centre of Toronto, Catholic Cross-cultural Services, Catholic Immigration Centre of Ottawa, Centre for Information and Community Services of Ontario, Centre for Spanish-Speaking Peoples Legal Clinic, Midaynta Community Services, New Canadians' Centre of Excellence Inc., Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario.

This project has received financial support from The Ontario Trillium Foundation and Legal Aid Ontario.

Contact Information

  • For more information or to set up interviews with potential
    users of these materials, or with any of the
    speakers, please contact:
    Amanda Dale