Information for Community Organizations

The Community Legal Education and Outreach Division's mandate is to inform and educate the community about their legal rights and responsibilities.

Community Legal Education and Outreach

The Community Legal Education and Outreach Division adopts a proactive approach to legal problems. Our goal is to inform and educate the community with respect to their legal rights, responsibilities and obligations. We believe that making the law accessible to individuals and communities helps prevent legal problems or minimize their effect.

Through collaboration and coordination with partnership organizations we design and prepare legal information sessions regarding various legal topics.  The information sessions provides legal information, not legal advice, and may take the form of traditional lectures or games.  We strive to make the content of our information sessions practical, comprehensible and interactive.

If your organization is interested in obtaining more information about our information sessions, please contact the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic by telephone at (613) 562-5600.

List of some of our presentation topics

Common Community Legal Education/Outreach Presentation Topics

The following is a list of some of our presentation topics, however, we have many other topics available. Please contact our Community Legal Education and Outreach division to discuss your needs.

Accessing free legal services in Ottawa: This presentation provides an overview of the different free legal services available in Ottawa. It also has a brief introduction to what it means to work with a lawyer by covering issues such as confidentiality.

Tenant rights: This presentation focuses on the rights afforded under the Residential Tenancies Act. For example, it discusses the rights of the tenant versus those of the landlord, maintenance and repairs, and privacy. We are also able to provide presentations on roomer’s rights.

Worker rights: This presentation informs the audience of their rights under theEmployment Standards Act. It discusses such issues as minimum wage, holidays, breaks, and termination of employment.

Human rights at work: This presentation discusses how The Ontario Human Rights Code applies in the employment context. It covers what The Ontario Human Rights Code is, how it applies at work, the different grounds of discrimination, and filing a complaint.

Police Powers: This presentation informs the audience of their rights when dealing with police. For example, the presentation explains certain rights the public has when: being questioned by the police, being arrested and when you are involved with a search and seizure. 

Provincial Offences: This presentation discusses what a Provincial Offence is, and how it differs from a Criminal Code offence. For example, it discusses the Safe Streets Act, the Liquor License Act and the Trespass to Property Act.

Pardons: This presentation first provides a general overview of criminal records and the information they contain. It is then followed by an overview of how pardons work and the application process that is involved in applying for a pardon.

Dealing with credit: This presentation focuses on what credit is and why it is important. It gives a brief overview of different types of credit, how to keep a good credit rating and explains what bad credit is and how to avoid it. 

Games: We believe that people learn and retain information best when it is provided in a fun and interactive way. In addition to engaging the audience throughout the presentation, we often bring a companion game to reinforce the information provided. Some of our unique legal education games include: 

  • Clinic Feud;
  • Legal Clinic Bingo;
  • Legal Jeopardy; and
  • The Wheel of Justice.

Please note that wherever possible, we will do our best to accommodate requests and tailor a presentation that best meets the needs of your organization and your clients. For example, we can provide adapted presentations to English as a Second Language (ESL) groups so as to meet their unique needs. We always strive to make the presentations relevant, accessible and interactive. 

Finally, the Clinic is also available to attend events such as, housing, job or health fairs. In addition, we are able to provide information about the Clinic or legal tips in your organization’s newsletter.

Please feel free to contact the Community Legal Education and Outreach Division to discuss your organization’s and clients’ legal information needs, and to schedule an upcoming presentation. We look forward to working with you and your clients!