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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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Support for Education-Related Expenses for Children (0-12) and Children/Youth (0-21) With Special Needs

Up until August 31, 2020, the province of Ontario is offering direct one-time funding to support children’s learning. Eligible parents/guardians/caregivers will receive a one-time payment, per child, of: $200 for children aged 0 to 12 $250 for children or youth … Continue reading

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HALCO and Partners Successful in Stopping Sharing of Positive COVID-19 Results with Police (Updated September 30, 2020)

On July 16, 2020, a coalition, including HALCO, launched an urgent court application challenging the Government of Ontario’s decision to share with police the personal information of Ontarians who test positive for COVID-19. Since commencing the lawsuit, the Ontario government … Continue reading

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Court of Appeal for Ontario Upholds Aggravated Sexual Assault Charges in Condom Case

On February 12, 2020, a coalition including HALCO intervened in “R. v. N.G.” at the Court of Appeal for Ontario. The case involved a young man living with HIV appealing convictions for aggravated sexual assault for not disclosing his HIV-positive status before sexual … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP) Offers Financial Support to Residential Customers in Paying Energy Bills

We wish to thank our friends at the Low Income Energy Network (LIEN) for the following information: On June 1, 2020, the Government of Ontario confirmed that it is making $9 million available for the COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program (CEAP), … Continue reading

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Update on Landlord and Tenant Law: Eviction Suspension Lifted and Changes to Eviction Process

The COVID-19 pandemic eviction ban is being lifted in Ontario on August 4, 2020. This means that evictions can once again take place in Ontario. There remains a process for evictions, but for most evictions that process is now different … Continue reading

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HALCO and Partners Call on Federal Government to Protect the Health and Safety of Sex Workers

On July 23, 2020, a coalition including HALCO called for a federal directive requiring prosecutors to refrain from enforcing criminal laws relating to sex work. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed stark health inequities and the many structural factors that … Continue reading

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Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)/Ontario Works Discretionary (OW) COVID-19 Emergency Benefit Ending July 31, 2020

The Ontario government has confirmed that the discretionary COVID-19 ODSP/OW Emergency Benefit will not be available after July 31, 2020.  The benefit provides a monthly rate of $100 for individuals and $200 for families. People on OW and ODSP can … Continue reading

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HALCO and Partners Launch Legal Action to Stop Sharing of Positive COVID-19 Results With Police (Updated August 17, 2020)

On July 16, 2020, a coalition, including HALCO, launched an urgent court application challenging the Government of Ontario’s decision to share with police the personal information of Ontarians who test positive for COVID-19. The coalition first sent a letter to … Continue reading

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