Benjamin Ries, Staff Lawyer

Benjamin Ries, B.A.(Hons.) (Waterloo, 2006), J.D. (Toronto, 2009), LL.M. (Toronto, 2011) supervises the Housing Law division at DLS. As a law student, he served as a DLS volunteer, division leader, summer student and executive member. Ben has dedicated his career to the problems of homelessness and low-income housing, articling with Ontario’s Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, serving as duty counsel at the Landlord and Tenant Board, and practicing as a staff lawyer in four other community legal clinics between Hamilton and downtown Toronto.

Admitted to the bar of Ontario in 2010 and New York in 2015, Ben’s record of research, advocacy and activism on issues arising from inadequate housing includes a graduate thesis on Ontario’s low-income housing policy, contributions to several law reform campaigns of municipal and provincial scope, and intervention in Charter litigation at the Ontario Court of Appeal. He has lectured, trained, and presented on topics arising from low-income housing law to several local universities and colleges, community associations, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Law Society of Ontario. Ben is a member of the Greater Toronto Clinic Housing Advocates (GTCHA), as well as the Health Justice Faculty affiliated with St. Michael’s Academic Family Health Team.


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Statement of Principles – Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Reconciliation