Steps to Justice: Empowering people to understand and take action to deal with their legal problems

Are you experiencing partner abuse or know someone who is? Are you worried that you are being treated unfairly at work? Are you getting separated or divorced?  These are some of the issues that people in Ontario face every day.

Recent studies have shown that almost 50 percent of Canadians over the age of 18 will experience at least one civil or family law problem in a three year period that they consider serious. And public awareness of the law is very low – many don’t understand that certain problems have a legal component, but view them as simply bad luck or bureaucratic problems.

Legal professionals working with text: almost 50 percent of Canadians over the age of 18 will  experience at least one civil or family law problem in  a three year period that they consider serious

But now Ontarians can go to Steps to Justice – a new website that empowers people to understand and take action to deal with their legal problems. Steps to Justice provides practical and reliable information on everyday problems that people face, in family, housing, employment, social assistance, consumer, criminal, and human rights law.

Steps to Justice logo

Steps to Justice is designed to:

  • Equip you to work through your legal problems following simple, easy-to-understand steps
  • Provide practical tools such as checklists, fillable forms and self-help guides
  • Give referral information for legal and social services across Ontario
  • Connect you by live chat and email-based support for answers to additional questions

It also has a glossary of legal terms to help you understand the content.

Led by Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO), Steps to Justice brings together key justice sector players from government ministries, courts, tribunals, community legal clinics, legal aid, and the Law Society of Upper Canada. These partners are working together to add key content and monitor and update the website.

Do you have a legal question? Visit Steps to Justice today.

June 14th, 2017 Steps to Justice training webinar

CLEO is offering a free Steps to Justice training webinar for front-line workers on June 14th, 2017. You can learn more about the webinar and register by clicking here: https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=te8b884bz1rp&campaign=c1b1xa6hd24d

About CLEO

CLEO - Community Legal Education Ontario logoCLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/ Éducation juridique communautaire Ontario) is a non-profit organization that provides accurate and easy-to-understand information and education about the law for people in Ontario, particularly those who have low incomes or other disadvantages. CLEO is funded by Legal Aid Ontario, the Department of Justice Canada, and the Law Foundation of Ontario.