Criminal Law

Have you been charged with a crime? Have you been denied legal aid? We may be able to help. Visit our criminal law page to read more able the kinds of cases we can take on.

Family Law

Do you need advice about custody and access? Questions about child support? DLS may be able to assist. To find out more about these services, visit our family law page.

Refugee and Immigration Law

Have you made a refugee claim? Do you need help filing a Pre-Removal Risk Assessment or Humanitarian & Compassionate Grounds application? We may be able to help.

Housing Law

Are you a tenant in rental housing? Is your landlord trying to evict you? Does your apartment need repair? We may be able to help.

University Affairs

Are you a student at the University of Toronto? Have you been charged with an academic offence? Do you need advice about an academic appeal? Read more about our services for students to see if we can assist.

Employment Law

Lost your job?  Treated unfairly at work?  Problems with your employer?  We may be able to assist you.

Legal Education Workshops

We provide plain language workshops on a variety of legal topics. To request a workshop or learn more about our PLE program, contact us.


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News

Submission to the City of Toronto on Zoning for Secondary Suites

Whether or not our clients have a housing law issue, we very often have a housing problem: we can’t find any! At least, not housing that is safe, affordable, and anywhere close to the communities, families, jobs, and schools to which we are connected.

This summer, City of Toronto staff proposed changes that would remove some of the barriers to building more “secondary suites”, such as basement apartments, in places like Scarborough where our clients are often stuck renting in illegal and dangerous rooming houses. We call on the City to do this (and a whole lot more!) to increase the limited supply of these rental housing options. You can read our submission here.

End of Term is Approaching! Check out these resources in dealing with exam and assignment stress.

Starting to feel the heat of end of term papers and looming exams?  You are not alone.  Check out these links for campus specific resources available to students.

St. George Campus Resources and Workshops

  • Meet with a Learning Strategist – “All students can meet with a Learning Strategist for individualized support.”[1]
  • Exam Prep Series – “short, focused discussions with a Learning Strategist about the exam skills that matter to you and your discipline”[2]
  • Preparing for Exams & Managing Exam Anxiety – “In this interactive workshop, we will discuss anxiety and stress management techniques and will introduce students to resources that are available around campus”[3]
  • Staying Resilient & Managing Stress Through End of Term – “This workshop will return to the topic of resiliency and stress, exploring the ways that strategies for building resiliency can be used by students at times of acute academic pressure”[4]
  • Study Hubs – “quiet study time for students to work on whatever they have to do”[5]
  • Graduate Writing Groups – “Are you a graduate student determined to write and defend your dissertation before your funding package expires? Do you find it difficult to maintain a consistent writing schedule? Would you like to commit to writing regularly? Join a community of peers who share your experience and can help keep you accountable.”[6]

Health and Wellness Services and Workshops

  • Health & Wellness Centre – “The Health & Wellness Centre provides the same services as your family physician”[7]
  • Better Breath – “Feeling too busy to manage stress effectively as a university student? Come learn about the benefits of restorative breath, try new techniques for relaxation such as muscle tension reduction and learn new tips for taking time to pause and recharge.”[8]
  • Better Coping Skills – “If you’re having trouble coping with the demands of university life – or even regular everyday situations – this series of workshops can help you build the skills you need to thrive.”[9]
  • Better Sleep – “Feeling too busy or stressed as a university student to sleep properly? Come learn about what you can do to improve your sleep and feel more rested and refreshed.”[10]
  • Mindful Eating: Food and Mood – “a mindful exploration of healthy eating and how our relationship with food can affect our mood.”[11]
  • Mindful Moments: Meditation & Yoga “weekly opportunities Mondays through Fridays to practise secular mindful meditation techniques that will increase your relaxation and focus”[12]

UTM Resources and Workshops

UTSC Resources and Workshops

  • Upgrade Your Study Strategies! –“ Feel like your study skills need a little “upgrading”? Hoping to improve your grades, but not sure where to start?”[20]
  • Time Management – “Participants will learn how to plan for busy periods in the academic year and adapt their schedules accordingly” [21]
  • Study Smarter not Harder Part I – “Attend this session to get into academic shape! Topics covered in this session include: time management, reading, note taking”[22]
  • Study Smarter not Harder Part II – “Attend this session to get into academic shape! Topics covered in this session include test preparation and test format, memory and Concentration, reducing procrastination & increasing motivation”[23]
  • Going From B to an A – “Do you want to boost your grades from B’s to A’s, but you’re not sure how?”[24]

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End of Term is Approaching! Check out our Tips for Avoiding Use of an Unauthorized Aid

What is unauthorized aid?

  • Generally speaking, unauthorized aid refers to any means of obtaining information or potential source of information that is not allowed in the course of your academic work.
  • Possession or use of unauthorized aid can occur in an exam, test, quiz, assignment or other form of academic work. So be aware of unauthorized aid at all stages of your academic career.
  • Examples of Unauthorized Aid:
  • Having your cell phone on you during an exam or test
  • Having books or notes on your desk during an exam or test, unless allowed by the exam, such as in an open book exam
  • Having a calculator or dictionary on your during an exam or test, unless allowed by the exam
  • Copying someone else’s answers
  • Working too closely with other students on an assignment so that the end result is no longer your own work
  • Having an unauthorized aid on you is sufficient to constitute an academic offence, even if you do not use it.
  • Helping others by offering unauthorized aid or assistance is also an academic offence.

Tips for avoiding authorized aid:

  • Don’t keep your phone or other unauthorized electronic devices in your pockets. In fact, you may want to empty your pockets.
  • Only have the items you need to write the exam on your desk. Place all other belongings at the front or back of the exam room, or as instructed.
  • Only write on the scantron, booklet or scratch paper provided. Don’t use your own scratch paper or write on the desk.
  • Avoid looking around the room during an exam.
  • Don’t talk to your neighbours or even to yourself during an exam.
  • If you have questions, raise your hand and ask the invigilator or teaching assistant.
  • If you need to use the washroom during an exam, don’t talk to other students or check your cell phone even when you are outside the exam room.
  • Stop writing immediately when the exam is over.
  • Know the rules:
  • For assignments, read the course syllabus and relevant information provided concerning the assignment;
  • For exams and tests, read the instructions and warnings, usually on the cover page of your exam booklet;
  • In any circumstance, listen and read carefully and follow instructions.
  • Don’t work with other students on an assignment unless the professor has specifically authorized you to do so
  • Protect your own academic work.
  • Don’t share your assignment with other students for “reference” or “inspiration”;
  • Don’t write in unnecessarily large letters or place your exam paper in a way that others can easily see your answers.

When in doubt:

  • Ask for clarification!
  • You can ask your course instructors and college registrars and refer to other University resources if you have any questions about unauthorized aid or academic integrity in general.
  • For more detailed information online, you can check out the Academic Integrity page of the University website at https://www.academicintegrity.utoronto.ca/

We are grateful for the funding provided by Legal Aid Ontario, the Law Foundation of Ontario, the Faculty of Law and students at the University of Toronto.