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    • Traffic Tickets (29)»

      School Buses on Ontario RoadsSchool Buses on Ontario Roads

      As another school year begins, Ontario is asking drivers to slow down near school buses and school zones and to pay attention for children. There are more than 824,000 students that travel on school buses every school day, and drivers should follow these tips to help keep them safe: Be prepared to stop for a […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Drive an ATV in OntarioDrive an ATV in Ontario

      ATVs and other types of ORVs are popular year-round utility and recreational vehicles that can offer hours of enjoyment for outdoor enthusiasts, as long as you obey the law and follow safety precautions. This information will help you enjoy your ATV/ORV safely. Beginning July 1, 2015, the province is implementing new changes to ORV and […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Riding a Snowmobile in OntarioRiding a Snowmobile in Ontario

      Snowmobiling is a popular winter activity in Ontario. Just remember that there are risks to consider every time you head out. Knowing how to prepare and operate your vehicle safely will help make sure you have a safe and fun ride. On this page: Driver requirements Where to ride Rules of the road Driving while […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

    • Small Claims Court (7)»

      Small Claims Court Online ServicesSmall Claims Court Online Services

      Starting from May 2016, all small claims up to $25,000 can be filed and fees paid online. To make a payment you can use a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or even online banking account (Interac® Online). If the money owed to you is $25,000 or less, you can file a small claim and pay the […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Small Claims Court E-Filing in OntarioSmall Claims Court E-Filing in Ontario

      Learn how to file a claim online for fixed amounts up to $25,000. If you are filing a claim for a fixed amount of money (e.g. a debt owed to you under a contract) in small claims court, you can now file your claim online through the new small claims court e-filing service. E-filing is […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      E-Filing Service for Small Claims CourtOntario E-Filing Service for Small Claims Court

      Ontario launches e-filing service for fixed claims $25,000 and under: Ontarians now have a faster, easier way to make a claim in small claims court with the launch of a new online filing service. E-filing is a simple, convenient way to file a claim in small claims court without entering a courthouse. Following a successful […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

    • Personal Injury (18)»

      PERSONAL INJURYPersonal injury

      Personal injury is the term that includes all the ways people can be physically hurt, impaired or killed, involving unintentional or intentional damage to the body. Examples of unintentional injuries are motor vehicle crashes, falls, sport injuries and unintentional poisoning. Examples of intentional injuries include those resulting from violence, self-harm and suicide. CONTENT Definition of […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Personal Injury Accident ClaimsPersonal Injury Accident Claims

      We are human beings and in any area of life there is a chance that one somehow and somewhere could be involved in an accident that causes personal injury. Some people get hurt in amusement parks, whereas others get a dog bite from pets. It is not as difficult as often described to file a […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Accidents: Resources, Links, Formssolution-617128_960_720

      GOVERNMENT Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/oas-cpp/cpp_disability/index.shtml Canadian Safety Council http://www.safety-council.org The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board www.cicb.gov.on.ca/en/index.htm Department of Justice of Canada http://www.canada.justice.gc.ca/eng/index.html Financial Services Commission of Ontario http://fsco.gov.on.ca/ Government of Canada http://www.gc.ca/home.html Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ Health Canada Consumer Product Safety http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/index-eng.php The Ministry of Children and Youth Services of Ontario http://www.children.gov.on.ca/ The Ministry of […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

    • Pensions (21)»

      Details of Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Act, 2016Details of Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Act, 2016

      The passage of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Act (Strengthening Retirement Security for Ontarians), 2016 delivers on the government’s commitment to strengthen retirement security for the more than 4 million Ontario workers — including many younger workers — who do not have access to an adequate workplace pension plan. The act enshrines in legislation key […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      The Ontario Retirement Pension PlanOntario Retirement Pension Plan

      Retirement Income Security for Ontario Workers Ontarians want and deserve income security in retirement. However, workplace pension plan coverage is low, the workplace is changing, and experts agree that people aren’t able to save enough. Ontario has taken action because retirement savings challenges will worsen without a strong plan for the future. Subject to legislative […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Details of Ontario Retirement Pension PlanOntario Retirement Pension Plan

      Office of the Premier, August 11, 2015: Premier Kathleen Wynne today announced key details in the design of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP). The ORPP would help close the retirement savings gap for the two out of three Ontarians who do not have a secure workplace pension plan. Studies show that many Ontarians are […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

    • Motor Vehicle Accident (14)»

      Motor Vehicle AccidentsMotor Vehicle Accidents in Ontario

      Please remember, getting financial compensation is anything but simple. The process can be overwhelming even for professionals. If you or your loved ones are injured as a result of motor vehicle accident, you may be eligible for accident benefits. It’s a good idea to contact a lawyer. In most cases, no fee will be charged […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Accidents: Resources, Links, Formssolution-617128_960_720

      GOVERNMENT Canada Pension Plan Disability Benefit http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/oas-cpp/cpp_disability/index.shtml Canadian Safety Council http://www.safety-council.org The Criminal Injuries Compensation Board www.cicb.gov.on.ca/en/index.htm Department of Justice of Canada http://www.canada.justice.gc.ca/eng/index.html Financial Services Commission of Ontario http://fsco.gov.on.ca/ Government of Canada http://www.gc.ca/home.html Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ Health Canada Consumer Product Safety http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/cps-spc/index-eng.php The Ministry of Children and Youth Services of Ontario http://www.children.gov.on.ca/ The Ministry of […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      After A Motor Vehicle Accidentcar accidents

      If you have been involved in an auto accident, what do you have to do after? 1) First of all, do not panic and do not leave the place where the accident happened otherwise you may be subject to criminal prosecution. 2) Try to stay calm (even it is hard). Do not argue with the […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

    • Landlord & Tenant (4)»

      Landlord and Tenant Board’s French Language Services – P...Court_courtroom

      Social Justice Tribunals Ontario (SJTO) is introducing a French Language Services policy which will apply to all tribunals in SJTO. A draft of the policy is being released for public review and feedback. The draft policy is available on the SJTO website and by following the link below. The public is invited to review and […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Landlord and Tenant Board’s Public Consultations – Fee W...House-6

      Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) is currently holding public consultations on two initiatives. Information on the initiatives, as well as the related documents are attached below for public review and feedback. The public is invited to review and provide written comments on the proposed documents by February 21, 2014. Fee Waivers In September 2013, Bill […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Commercial Tenancies in Ontariobusiness people at with with buildings in the background

      There are two different types of tenancies – residential and commercial. Consequently, there are different laws and different institutions dealing with all rental matters. The owner of a rental property is called the lessor or landlord, and the other person is called the lessee or tenant. A lease may be: a fixed-term agreement, in other […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

    • Insurance (5)»

      CMHC Changes Its Mortgage Insurance Product Offeringmortgage1

      OTTAWA, April 25, 2014 – As part of the review of its mortgage loan insurance business, CMHC is discontinuing its Second Home and Self-Employed Without 3rd Party Income Validation mortgage insurance products effective May 30, 2014. Self-employed Canadians can still qualify for CMHC insured financing through CMHC homeowner products with a validation of their income […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Improving Access to Routine Health Procedures: Ontario Estab...Bowl_hygeia.svg

      Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care: Ontario is increasing access to routine health procedures by establishing non-profit community-based specialty clinics in communities across the province. These specialty clinics will provide OHIP- insured services, starting with cataract and colonoscopy procedures. Other procedures will be considered for this new model of care, including dialysis, out-patient orthopaedic and […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Health Insurance in Ontario – Ontario Health Insurance...arms crossed

      Health care in Canada is delivered through a publicly funded health care system, which is mostly free at the point of use and has most services provided by private entities. It is guided by the provisions of the Canada Health Act of 1984. The government assures the quality of care through federal standards. Health is […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

    • Accidents (0)»

    • Newcomers (17)»

      Employment Information for NewcomersEmployment Information for Newcomers

      Employment Information for Newcomers Learn about working in Ontario: Visit the Welcome to Ontario website to find out how to qualify for employment, get a license for your profession, or take part in special programs that help newcomers start their careers in Ontario. Become certified in the trades: If you work in the trades, see […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Natural Resources Financial Assistance Programs for Ontario ...Grants for Ontario Homeowners

      Browse incentives and other financial assistance to help you build and live in a way that is energy efficient and helps to protect our natural resources. City of Toronto Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) This Program is a new financing tool offered by the City of Toronto to help residents improve their home’s energy efficiency […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Buying a Home in OntarioBuying a Home in Ontario

      Buying or building your home can be one of the largest investments you will make during your life. The Government of Canada offers programs and services to help you purchase, renovate, and adapt your house or condominium. Save for your home There are a number of federal programs that can help you save money for […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

    • Money (39)»

      Child and family benefitstax credits for families with kids

      Programs and benefits (date modified: 2016-01-04) Canada child tax benefit (CCTB) Universal child care benefit (UCCB) Goods and services tax/Harmonized sales tax credit (GST/HST) Working income tax benefit (WITB) Provincial and territorial programs Children’s special allowances (CSA) The Government’s proposed new measures consist of the following: The Family Tax Cut, a new federal non-refundable credit […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Increasing Support for People Receiving Social AssistanceIncreasing Support for People Receiving Social Assistance in Ontario

      Ontario invests $100 million to help vulnerable Ontarians. Ontario has increased financial support for people receiving social assistance. This fall, the social assistance rate increases announced in the 2015 Budget came into effect, including: $25 more per month for single adults receiving Ontario Works who don’t have children, for a total monthly increase of $75 […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Credit Reports in OntarioCredit Reports in Ontario

      Information on how to check your credit report for free, correct any mistakes in it and tips on avoiding identity theft or credit repair scams. A credit report includes: your name, age and address your job and where you work what debts you have your paying habits (e.g., do you usually pay on time or […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

    • Life Events (15)»

      Buying a newly-built condoBuying a newly-built condo

      When you buy a unit in a newly-built condominium directly from a developer, Ontario’s Condominium Act gives you specific protections. Buyer’s protections when you buy a newly-built condo, you have the right to cancel the purchase within a 10-calendar day cooling-off period (the clock on this 10-day period starts from the time you receive a […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Real Estate Documents Can Be Signed Electronically in Ontari...Real Estate Documents Can Be Signed Electronically in Ontario

      June 29, 2015 – Ministry of the Attorney General – Province Makes It Easier to Buy or Sell a Home: Ontario is making the process of buying or selling a home easier by allowing real estate documents to be signed electronically. Effective July 1, 2015, changes to the Electronic Commerce Act will make electronic signatures […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Buying a home in OntarioBuying a home in Ontario

      Learn how Ontario’s consumer laws protect homebuyers. Get information on choosing a real estate agent, buying a newly-built home and hiring a home inspector. Choosing a real estate agent or broker in Ontario In Ontario, real estate salespersons or brokers must be registered with the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO). RECO administers the Real […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

    • Law (60)»

      Do Your Research before Hiring for Urgent Home RepairsDo Your Research before Hiring for Urgent Home Repairs

      Tips to be prepared from consumer protection Ontario There are many things to think about when hiring a business to complete an urgent home repair. It may not feel like there is enough time to do the proper research, but even under a time-crunch, it is still important to choose a reliable business. In Ontario, […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Legal Aid Eligibility Threshold Raised by 6% in April 2016Legal Aid Eligibility Threshold Raised by 6% in April 2016

      Ontario is giving nearly 400,000 more people get access to affordable legal services by increasing the financial eligibility threshold for Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) by six per cent, effective immediately. This is the third increase over the last three years. Enhancing legal aid for the most vulnerable is part of Ontario’s plan to create a […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Consumer protection laws in OntarioConsumer protection laws in Ontario

      Your consumer rights are protected by many different acts. Some acts are enforced by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services and some by other organizations. Find out about consumer protection laws and what organizations are responsible for them. The Consumer Protection Act (CPA) governs most common consumer transactions in the marketplace and home. If […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

    • Immigration (26)»

      Ontario New Legislation to Maximize Benefits of ImmigrationOntario Immigration Strategy

      May 28, 2015 – Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade – Today Ontario passed the Ontario Immigration Act to help the province maximize the economic benefits of immigration. Immigrants help grow a stronger economy by leveraging their networks and forging global connections that keep Ontario competitive in international markets. Building on the government’s Immigration […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Express Entry: Entry Criteria and Ranking SystemImmigration to Canada: Express Entry

      The Express Entry system is creating a pool of candidates for immigration to Canada. Candidates are assessed based on a number of criteria, and the highest ranking candidates will be invited to apply to immigrate to Canada. There are requirements not only to get into the pool, but also to be chosen from it. Express […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Immigration to Canada: Express EntryImmigration to Canada: Express Entry

      In January 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will launch a new electronic system called Express Entry to manage applications for permanent residence under these federal economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. Provinces and territories will also be able to recruit candidates from […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

    • Grants (132)»

      Non-repayable Ontario Student Grant starts in 2017-18 academ...Non-repayable Ontario Student Grant starts in 2017-18 academic year

      Ontario is making college and university more accessible and affordable for low- and middle-income students and their families through the single-largest modernization ever of the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). Under the new grant program, the government will replace a number of existing provincial assistance programs with a single, targeted, non-repayable Ontario Student Grant starting […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Child and family benefitstax credits for families with kids

      Programs and benefits (date modified: 2016-01-04) Canada child tax benefit (CCTB) Universal child care benefit (UCCB) Goods and services tax/Harmonized sales tax credit (GST/HST) Working income tax benefit (WITB) Provincial and territorial programs Children’s special allowances (CSA) The Government’s proposed new measures consist of the following: The Family Tax Cut, a new federal non-refundable credit […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Ontario Credits, Benefits and IncentivesOntario Credits, Benefits and Incentives

      Ontario provides a variety of credits, benefits and incentives to encourage economic growth and job creation, to assist Ontario residents with low to moderate incomes, and to support greener Ontario. Most credits and incentives provide tax relief by reducing or eliminating the total tax payable for corporations, individuals and unincorporated business. These include support for […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

    • Employment (42)»

      Details of Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Act, 2016Details of Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Act, 2016

      The passage of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Act (Strengthening Retirement Security for Ontarians), 2016 delivers on the government’s commitment to strengthen retirement security for the more than 4 million Ontario workers — including many younger workers — who do not have access to an adequate workplace pension plan. The act enshrines in legislation key […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      New Rules about Employees’ Tips Start on June 10, 2016New Rules about Employees' Tips Start on June 10, 2016

      Starting June 10, 2016, there will be rules around the handling of tips and other gratuities in the workplace. These rules affect employers and employees covered by the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) in workplaces where tips and gratuities are received – such as at bars, restaurants, hair and nail salons, catering firms and taxis. […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Employment Insurance (EI) Maximum IncreasedEmployment Insurance (EI) Maximum Increased

      The maximum insurable earnings (MIE) is the income level up to which Employment Insurance (EI) premiums are paid. It determines the maximum rate of weekly benefits paid for all types of benefits under the EI program. Effective January 1, 2016, the maximum insurable earnings has been increase from $49,500 to $50,800. This means that an […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

    • Drivers (44)»

      Tougher Penalties for Drug-Impaired Drivers Started October ...Penalties for Drug-Impaired Drivers

      The province is improving the safety of Ontario roads by bringing in penalties for drug-impaired driving that match those already in place for drunk drivers. Starting October 2, 2016, drivers under the influence of drugs will face the following penalties: A $180 penalty An immediate licence suspension of three days for the first occurrence, seven […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Driver Licence Fee IncreasedDriver Licence Fee in Ontario

      Driver licence fee increases come into effect this September to help maintain Ontario’s transportation infrastructure. Additional fees for reinstatements, replacements and commercial permits will follow effective January 1, 2017. As of September 1, 2016: The Driver’s Licence Original and Renewal Fee, including the driver licensing fee as part of the Enhanced Driver Licence, will change […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Benefits of Electric VehiclesBenefits of Electric Vehicles

      There are two types of electric vehicles for sale in Ontario: Battery electric vehicles, or BEVs: run only on a battery and an electric drive train; plug into an external source of electricity to recharge Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, or PHEVs: plug into an external source of electricity to recharge; also use an internal combustion […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

    • Citizenship (18)»

      Important Changes to the Citizenship Act: Repealing Parts of...Important Changes to the Citizenship Act: Repealing Parts of C-24

      No citizenship revocation from dual citizens for terrorism According to the Bill C-24, that came into effect in May 2015, Canadian citizenship was allowed to be taken away from dual citizens who were convicted of terrorism, high treason, spying or who belonged to armed forces or organized armed groups engaged in armed conflict with Canada. […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Canadian Citizenship Can Be RevokedCanadian citizenship can be revoked

      The Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, which received Royal Assent on June 19, 2014, included new grounds to revoke Canadian citizenship from dual citizens who are convicted of terrorism, high treason, and/or treason or spying offences, depending on the sentence received. The changes also allow for the revocation of Canadian citizenship from dual citizens for serving […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Canadian citizenship of dual citizens convicted of terrorism...Canadian citizenship can be revoked

      Measures came into force officially today that enable Canada to revoke citizenship from dual nationals convicted of terrorism, treason and high treason, and/or spying for foreign governments. Canadian citizenship can now also be revoked from dual citizens for taking up arms against Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces, whether as a member of a foreign […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

    • Business (35)»

      New Resources for Ontario Employers (April 2016)New Resources for Ontario Employers (April 2016)

      Small businesses (less than 50 workers) represent 95% of all employers in Ontario, and they employ more than 1.6 million Ontarians — almost a third of the workforce. Strengthening workplace health and safety for workers is Ontario government’s number-one priority to grow the economy. Due to these facts, the Ministry of Labour has introduced new […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Ontario Grants and Programs for BusinessOntario Grants and Programs for Business

      Ontario Business Program Guide The Ontario Business Program Guide is your resource to government-funded programs and services for Ontario businesses. http://www.ontario.ca/en/business_program/index.htm Small Business Enterprise Centre Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBECs) and community-based providers offer entrepreneurs all the tools they need to start and grow their businesses. If you are looking for in-person assistance to help […]

      Nov 24th, 2016

      Government funds to start a business for youth (under 30)Government funds to start a business for youth under 30

      If you are under 30 and have an entrepreneurial spirit, Ontario Government has programs and tools to help you start your own business. Below, there is a list of government support funds to help you get started. Starter Company An entrepreneurship program for Ontario youth aged 18 to 29 Get guidance, mentoring, business expertise and […]

      Nov 24th, 2016