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COVID-19 Information and Resources

CALC is available to help you by phone or email, during regular business hours.  Please continue to contact us for help with your legal problem.  We may see you in person, but by appointment only.  Those clients must follow these rules in order to enter.

Here are some key links to resources and more information about COVID-19:

Local Resources

For links to local sources of information or help in our clinic’s service area, see our COVID-19 local resources page.

Legal information

Steps to Justice – COVID-19 – comprehensive site providing practical answers to questions people are asking about the law relating to COVID-19. They are also sharing updates about changes to government programs and court services.  (See yellow button on sidebar.)

Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) – LAO’s COVID-19 update on their client services (family, criminal and immigration law)

Government income replacement and emergency assistance programs

Steps to Justice – COVID-19 Income Assistance 

CLEOConnect’s COVID-19 Tool For Community Workers – provides up-to-date resources for employment, income benefits, housing and family law

Benefits Wayfinder – Prosper Canada has developed this online tool with four ways to search for government benefits

Information on the GIS for Seniors – One-time grant given to Guaranteed Income Supplement recipients who received pandemic benefits

Social assistance (Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support)

Hastings County Community and Human Services (Ontario Works/Social Housing) and Prince Edward, Lennox & Addington Social Services 

Provincial assistance programs

Ontario Community Support Association – helps isolated, low-income seniors and people with disabilities and chronic medical conditions across Ontario get meals, groceries, medicine and other essentials to stay safe at home during COVID-19

Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit – extended to July 31, 2022

Federal assistance programs

Canada’s COVID-19 List of Income Supports Available  – includes links to apply – benefits include the CERB, Canada Child Benefit extra payment, GST extra payment, etc.

Housing issues

Steps to Justice – COVID -19 Housing Law 

Landlord and Tenant Board Covid FAQs 

Bill 184: Wrong Bill, Wrong Time – support ACTO’s recommendations for changes to Bill 184, which affects tenants. Send an email to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Information for Landlords:

Employment and work

Steps to Justice – COVID-19 Employment and Work

From the Ministry of Labour:

Ministry of Health – Guidance for health and other work sectors

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) – FAQs about claims and COVID-19

Consumer and debt issues

Steps to Justice – COVID-19 Consumer and Debt Rights

Consumer Protection Ontario – report price gouging related to COVID-19

Energy Bill Assistance Programs – programs available 

COVID-19 Fraud – be aware of scams

Managing Financial Health during COVID-19

TransUnion Canada – how to deal with credit issues during COVID-19

Family law

Steps to Justice – COVID-19 Family Law

Steps to Justice – COVID-19 Abuse and Family Violence

Legal Aid Ontario – Family law page – financial eligibility requirements no longer waived (Indigenous survivors still waived). However, the 2 hours of free legal advice for domestic violence survivors no longer has any financial eligibility requirements. See their domestic violence page for details.  See also their COVID-19 page.

Legal Aid – Duty Counsel information 

Luke’s Place Virtual Legal Clinic – expanded services during COVID-19 to provide free legal advice on family law issues to women anywhere in Ontario who have been subjected to intimate partner violence

National Self-Represented Litigants Project (NSRLP) – COVID-19 resources for self-represented litigants.  See also the Guide for Self-Represented Family Litigants During COVID-19 from the Ontario Court of Justice.

Law Society of Ontario – COVID-19 response page 

Criminal law

People charged with a crime

Steps to Justice – COVID-19 Criminal Law  

Legal Aid Ontario – Criminal Law – financial eligibility requirements currently being waived, see their COVID-19 page

Legal Aid – Duty Counsel information 

Ontario Court of Justice – see their COVID-19 update page

Superior Court of Justice – see their COVID-19 update page  

Incarcerated persons

Correctional Service Canada – COVID-19 preparedness and plans

Parole Board of Canada and COVID-19 – page on operational measures in response to COVID-19

Other

Other legal issues:

Justice for Children and Youth (legal clinic for low-income children and youth in Toronto and vicinity) – COVID-19 update page with infographics and links

Steps to Justice – COVID-19 Education

Steps to Justice – COVID-19 Immigration and Refugee – see also here if you need medical attention but don’t have status

Steps to Justice – COVID-19 Wills and Power of Attorney

Disability:

Steps to Justice – COVID-19 Health and Disability

ARCH Disability Law Centre – see their COVID-19 page for resources

Courts and Tribunals, Government offices:

Advice for Non-Profits and Startups:

Income Tax:

Those eligible can file their income taxes by phone (you should have received a letter in mid-February), you can also check the Volunteer Income Tax Program for help available near you.

See our local resources page for local help within our service area.

Supporting movements for a “just” recovery:

Health information

Hastings and Prince Edward Health Unit

Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health (KFL&A)

OHIP Coverage – Ontario is providing medically necessary services to everyone in the province, whether they have government health insurance or not (see News Release waiving 3 month waiting period for OHIP)

Ontario Government –  COVID-19 information, including count of cases in Ontario.  Information on vaccines available in multiple languages.

Government of Canada – COVID-19 information – updates on numbers of confirmed cases, an FAQ, and links to resources such as prevention & risks page

World Health Organization – COVID-19 information and updates

Mental health resources

Addictions and Mental Health Services, Hastings Prince Edward – local pandemic hotline is now closed – if you need help call 310-OPEN (6736) OR call 1-888-757-7766 (Enrichment Centre for Mental Health‘s mental health crisis line) 

Help Line for Indigenous People – Hope for Wellness – 1-855-242-3310, 24 hrs/day, 7 days/week or use the chatline on their website – counselling available in many languages

BounceBack Ontario – free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). It is designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered over the phone with a coach and through online videos, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness. (See their Covid-19 tip sheet.)

Homewood Health – free counselling to anyone in Ontario (during Covid), funded by Health Canada.  Call 1-866-585-0445.  Right now all sessions are virtual, so you need access to either a phone or computer.

Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health – mental health resources for post-secondary students, includes Covid-19 resources 

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Mental health resources

Mental Health Commission – Mental health and wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic

Press releases

Tribunals Ontario – latest news

Ontario Government Newsroom – See also: Ontario’s Emergency Information page

Government of Canada News