OUR HOLIDAY HOURS:
We will be closed from December 24th, 2018 until January 1st, 2019. We will not be checking voice messages or emails during this time.
WE ARE OPEN at our new location is at 163 Queen Street East #101 (at Jarvis). Currently our hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday; 10 am - 5pm, Tuesdays; 10 am - 1pm. We are still working out some glitches and appreciate your patience. Call or drop by our ofifce during the above listed hours. We have changed our intake procedures and we no longer have Social Assistance drop-ins on Wednesdays or Housing drop-ins on Thursdays. Our # is 416-861-0677.
NLS is a non-profit and independent community legal clinic that has been serving the community since 1973. We provide FREE legal services and assistance to low income individuals who live within our catchment area and qualify for our services.
We are funded by Legal Aid Ontario
We are part of the Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario
Social Assistance Reform Announcements:
These announcements were made by Minister Lisa MacLeod on November 22nd. It will probably taking many months before any of the changes are implemented. The biggest take away from the announcements:
*The definition of disability for ODSP will be changed to align with the federal government's guidelines. This change will make it harder for people to qualify for ODSP.
*ODSP/OW workers will provide wrap around services-which means they will assist clients with other aspects of their lives; referrals for housing, health care, mental health services etc
*Change to earning exemptions for both OW & ODSP .
For more details please see this release from Income Security & Advocacy Centre's (ISAC) website.
More details will be posted when they become available.
650 Parliament Fire
On August 21, 2018 there was a major fire at 650 Parliament St. As a result the residents were evacuated from the 300+ unit apartment building. At this time the landlord is not able to confirm a date when tenants can return to their homes.
The fire originated in the building’s main electrical room and spread throughout the building’s electrical system and caused extensive damage to that system and much of the equipment. Presently the building is without general power and has only very limited functioning. The lack of power means that fire and life safety systems, including fire alarms are not operative, there is very limited elevator service and individual apartments have no power. Obviously normal living in the building is not possible.
The Toronto Fire Marshall has dictated that access to the building must be limited and granted only on very restrictive terms:
NLS HAS MOVED
Our new office at #101- 163 Queen St. E. is now open for business.
To contact us please call our regular number (416-861-0677) or send us an email at NLSst1@lao.on.ca.
We apologize for any inconvenience during this period and look forward to meeting you at our new office.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
E-FILING AT THE LANDLORD & TENANT BOARD
Tenants can now electronically file applications about Tenant Rights and Maintenance through the Landlord & Tenant Board's website. Click here to e-file your application.
OUR HOUSING DROP-IN HOURS ARE CHANGING
As of June 1, 2015, there will only be one weekly drop-in for housing issues every Thursday from 2pm to 4pm. We will no longer offer drop-in services on Mondays. Please click here to learn more about our drop-in services.
Clients can continue to contact us during regular office hours in person or over the telephone to complete intake and schedule appointments.
NLS is participating in CASSA's 5th Annual Racism Free Ontario initiative. CLICK HERE to get involved and learn more about the campaign.
In commemoration of our 40th Anniversary, we compiled an overview of our history of serving the community since 1973. Click here to read Our History, or find it under 'About Us' in the navigation menu.
You can find older events that were advertised on this website on our Events Archive.
Middle-class injustice: Too wealthy for legal aid, too pinched for 'average' lawyers' fees
Canadian Groups to Urge UN to Press Canada on Housing, Poverty and Justice
Ontario Simplifies Medical Reviews for People on Disability Support
Supreme Court's Historic Judgement on Humanitarian & Compassionate Decisions
Employment Law Services For Low-Income Workers
Child Poverty & Canada's Immigration Policies
Access and Justice
Kanthsamy and the 30th Anniversary of the Supreme Court's Singh Decision
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Legal Clinics are looking at how we can improve our services
Right to Housing Case: NLS Representing Intervenors
Why do people become homeless?
Vision Report: The GTA Clinics Transformation Project
Submissions to the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration on Bill C-24 - Strengthening Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Act
Submission to the Law Society on Accrediting Trinity Western University's Law School
This Family Day, NLS Celebrates Launch of Family Reunification Knowledge Hub
Buried Alive: The Human Rights Implications of Compulsive Hoarding in a Landlord-Tenant Context
Submission to the Land Use Planning and Appeal System Consultation
Supreme Court Strikes Down Prostitution Laws
Ontario has reinstated basic health care for refugees
Addressing trauma is part of recovery
New Co-op Housing Laws: Less than meets the eye
Immigration Law Update: Proposed Changes to the Definition of "Dependent Children"
NLS: Past and Future
Important Changes to Social Assistance (OW and ODSP)
Landmark 'Right to Housing' Case dismissed by Superior Court
Access to Justice in Canada is "abysmal"
Key Issues in ODSP Reform
200 Wellesley Street Fire - Class Action Law Suit Settled
Ontario tenants hammered with double-digit rent hikes
Legal Advocates Call for Action by TCHC, City of Toronto, the Province: Ombudsman Finds Seniors in Community Housing Unfairly Evicted
Co-operative Housing, Eviction and Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) Subsidies
Apply for Citizenship Now to Protect your Status!
Toronto’s Housing Stabilization Fund Replaces Community Start up & Maintenance Benefit