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HALCO contributes to article on COVID-19 and human rights in the Canadian Journal of Public Health

This article critically discusses human rights concerns over Canada’s responses to COVID-19 and strongly recommends a human rights-based approach.

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Ontario Government Funding For Children and Youth (Updated)

In January 2021, the government of Ontario expanded this funding. For information, see here. On November 30, 2020, the Ontario government announced additional financial support for children and youth. Eligible parents or guardians who apply for the funding will receive … Continue reading

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HALCO Annual Report 2019-2020

We are very pleased to share our Annual Report 2019-2020, which was presented at our annual general meeting on November 5, 2020. In addition to information about our casework, it provides an overview of our public legal education, law reform, … Continue reading

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Immigration and Travel to Canada Update (October 2020)

Included in this HALCO immigration and travel to Canada update is information about the following: Parent/grandparent sponsorship: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will randomly select potential sponsors to apply to sponsor their parents or grandparents. Forms are being accepted online … Continue reading

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HALCO Calls for Stronger Privacy Protections in Ontario

On October 16, 2020, HALCO made a submission in response to the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services’ (the “Ministry”) consultation on the strengthening of privacy protections in Ontario. People living with HIV continue to face discrimination, social exclusion, and … Continue reading

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You Are Invited to HALCO’s Annual General Meeting on November 5, 2020

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Coalition Including HALCO Successful in Court Action Against City Over COVID-19 Shelter Crisis

On October 15, 2020, a judge ruled in favour of a coalition including HALCO, finding that the City of Toronto failed to comply with its commitment under a binding settlement agreement  to ensure physical distancing in Toronto homeless shelters during … Continue reading

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Federal Government Expands Employment Insurance and Introduces New Recovery Benefits

The government of Canada has expanded the Employment Insurance (EI) Program, and introduced three new benefits in response to COVID-19 for those who are not eligible for EI. General information about the changes can be found here. A chart that … Continue reading

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One-Time Tax-Free Payment for Some People with Disabilities to be Issued Starting October 30, 2020 (Updated October 23, 2020)

On June 5, 2020, the federal government announced that some people with disabilities will receive a one-time tax-free payment of up to $600. According to the federal government’s webpage, the payment will be automatically provided for people: With an existing … Continue reading

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Coalition Including HALCO Takes City Back to Court Over COVID-19 Shelter Crisis

On September 29, 2020, a coalition including HALCO announced that the City is not meeting its obligations under a binding settlement agreement to ensure homeless shelters meet physical distancing standards. As a result, the coalition is taking the city back … Continue reading

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