COVID-19: Updates on the law and legal services

COVID-19: Updates on the law and legal services

CLEO is working to give practical answers to the important questions that people are asking about the law relating to the COVID-19 situation. We are also sharing updates about changes to government programs and court services.

We are working to keep this page as up-to-date as possible, but as the COVID-19 environment is rapidly changing we cannot guarantee accuracy. Please get legal advice for your specific situation. To find a community legal clinic near you, visit

Debt and Consumer Law

  • I got an email from a company offering a fast COVID-19 test within 48 hours. I signed the online contract and paid with my credit card. I did not receive the test, what can I do?
  • I need to take a payday loan to cover my bills because of the COVID-19 situation. What should I know before I sign a payday loan contract?

See all Debt and Consumer Law questions

Employment and Work

  • Can I apply for Employment Insurance (EI) if I’m in quarantine?
  • Do I have to get a doctor’s note if I’m ill?

See all Employment and Work questions

Family Law

  • Do I have to send my child to my partner for access visits if my child and I are self-isolating or under quarantine?
  • I’m worried about COVID-19 and don’t want to send my child for an access visit to my partner. What can I do?

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Housing Law

  • Can I be evicted if I can't pay rent? I'm losing income because of COVID-19.
  • I'm a foreign student studying here, and I have to go back home. Do I have to keep paying rent for a place I can't live in?

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Immigration and Refugee

  • Where can I get information about immigration and refugee cases?
  • I have an appointment with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). What should I do?

See all Immigration and Refugee questions

Income Assistance

  • Can I apply for Ontario Works if I have to stop working because of COVID-19?
  • Is ODSP giving people extra help because of COVID-19?

See all Income Assistance questions

Tribunals and Courts

  • I have a court date for a criminal charge in the Ontario Court of Justice. What should I do?
  • I have a court date for a traffic ticket at the Ontario Court of Justice. What should I do?

See all Tribunals and Courts questions