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The benefit period is the period of time in which you must collect all the EI benefits you qualify for. The benefit period is usually 52 weeks long, starting on the Sunday before your interruption of earnings. If you apply for EI late, your benefit period might start on the Sunday before you filed your EI application.

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The "best interests of the child" is a test that the court uses to decide many things about children, such as custody and access. Before making a decision, a judge looks at things like:

  • the relationship between each parent and the child
  • the emotional ties between each parent and the child
  • how long the child has lived in a stable situation
  • each parent's plan to care for and bring up the child
  • in some cases, the child’s views and wishes 
  • if there has been abuse against any family member or any child
Title: bound over
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When someone like a witness or accused person, is required to come to court for a scheduled proceeding, and the judge wants them to come back on another day. That person is "bound over" to the next court date. The court document that compelled the person's attendance on the first court date remains valid to compel attendance at the next court date. Any conditions of the document that compelled the person's attendance remain valid and in effect until the next court date.

Title: budget
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A budget is a plan that says how you will spend the money you receive within a certain period of time. Usually, people create a monthly budget that shows the income they get in a month and all the things they need to, or want to, spend that money on in the month.

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A rule passed by a city or town council. For example, most cities or towns in Ontario have "property standards" by-laws, which say that buildings must be kept in good repair. Tenants have the right to have their landlords comply with these standards. Some by-laws might say how many people are allowed to live in one apartment, depending on its size.

Corporations (companies) also have by-laws. For example, a housing co-operative or a condominium corporation might have by-laws that affect the rights of tenants, members, or owners.

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The Canada Pension Plan (CPP)  is run by the Canadian government. Employers and workers make contributions to the plan and in certain situations the benefits are paid out to the worker or their family to partially replace their earnings.

These situations can include:

  •  if a worker  becomes disabled and can no longer work [link to CPP disability benefits]
  • iIf a worker dies
  • if a worker retires [Link to retirement pension], or
  • if a worker reaches a certain age

You may also get these benefits by credit splitting after a common-law relationship, divorce, or separation, even if you are not a worker.

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The Canada Revenue Agency manages the income tax process. They’re also responsible for some social benefits, like the Goods and services tax/Harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) credit, Canada child benefit, and child disability benefit.

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Cancellation rights mean that if a dealer does not tell you information they are required to by law, you can cancel your purchase agreement within 90 days from when you signed.

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A rented place to live where the landlord provides care services or makes them available to the tenants. Examples of care services are nursing care, supervision of medications, attendant care, and help with daily living activities. A tenant is a care home tenant only if getting the services was a reason they moved there. Retirement homes for seniors are a common type of care home.

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