Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)

Region: Ontario Answer # 871

CLEO was established in 1974 to provide legal rights education and information. Their work focuses on providing information to people who face barriers to accessing the justice system, including income, disability, literacy, and language. As a community legal clinic and part of Ontario’s legal aid system, CLEO works in partnership with other legal clinics and community organizations across the province.

Their work includes:

  • an extensive collection of legal information available in a variety of languages and formats
  • research into effective ways of developing and delivering legal rights information through the CLEO Centre for Research & Innovation
  • Your Legal Rights website, which has legal information on a wide range of topics, in a variety of languages, produced by hundreds of organizations from across Ontario
  • Connecting Communities project, which is facilitating legal information training partnerships between legal and non-legal organizations to improve legal information and services for those who don’t speak English or French or who live in rural and remote communities
  • Online resources

CLEO is an active member of Public Legal Education Association Canada (PLEAC), a national organization established to promote access to justice through public legal education.





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