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Questions tagged [ontario]

The Canadian province of Ontario.

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Can employer require a different uniform/dress code frequently?

I do work where I go into different stores to promote various products. Normally they hire contractors to do this but the agency I'm working for right now has me as an employee. Depending on the ...
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Labour law on meal breaks in Ontario

This is for Ontario Canada, post-2019. I want to know exactly what the law is for breaks in Ontario. I understand that you are entitled to a half hour break for every 5 hours of work. (or two breaks ...
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Artificially lowering home purchase price on paper (Ontario Canada)

In Canada, a mortgage lender will give you a higher interest rate for purchase prices over the $1,000,000 mark. Assuming you agree to purchase a home from a seller for $1,200,000, is it legal to agree ...
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If two spouses are named in an agreement but only one signs, is it valid?

Say there is an agreement between a company party (call them The Company), and a married couple party (call them Spouse A and Spouse B). Spouse A and Spouse B are both named in the agreement, but the ...
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Can the Landlord Kick us out 9 months before the contract end date?

I live in a condo in Ontario, Canada. As I used to be a student (now have a full time job) I had to pay 1 year in advance back in September. Landlord and I signed a contract that states It is ...
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Ontario non-compete clause: can new employer hide NCC requirement, until time of job start?

This is in Ontario, Canada in an IT company. Recently I have received a job offer from a US based company, at their branch in Ottawa. The company and I have been in discussion for weeks negotiating ...
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Signed a leased for one room, never moved in. What are my rights?

I'm in a rather unpleasant situation. I've rushed into signing a lease for one room for July 1st on June 30 for one year. Three days later I informed the landlord I will not occupy the room and asked ...
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Can a company print the wrong Net. Weight on a product?

Are companies allowed to use old packaging (900g) on their new product which is (650g)? Here's the story. The product is a pita bread. My dad started buying this brand since it weighs more and costs ...
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Public figure status in Canadian defamation law

Earlier this month the controversial professor Jordan Peterson of the University of Toronto became the plaintiff in a slander suit against a professor at Wilfred Laurier University. If this were in ...
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Is it illegally discriminatory for Ontario to require a driver's license for renewing your health card online?

Facts As of June 20 2018, Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MHLTC) requires a driver's license for renewing health cards online. I'm not asking about in-person renewals. Many ...
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Asbestos Containing Material in Toronto apartment

I'm moving to a new building in Toronto, and received this letter: In 2005, the Ontario government introduced a new regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act regulating the ...
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Opening a daycare near previous employment

Location: Canada, Ontario Background: A friend got a one-year contract to work at a daycare from June 2017 to June 2018, but was let go after working two months. Key things on the employment ...
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What might've spurred why default judgment can be signed against a defaulted defendant by plaintiff's claim, but not by defendant's claim?

From: Small Claims Court: Procedure and Practice (4th edn., 2017), p. 48. 'Rule' refers to the Rules of the Small Claims Court, O Reg 258/98. This post involves only liquidated claims. [p. 198:...
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Offering Non-Business Free WiFi - Legal Considerations?

Ontario, Canada. I'd like to operate an open, free WiFi hotspot for public consumption, not associated with any business. Per Wikipedia : In Canadian law, unauthorized access is addressed the ...
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Is a Lease Addendum Considered Separately from the Original Lease? (Ontario)

My original lease stated that the tenants were responsible for the utilities, but the landlord put out an addendum which I signed with the following wording: Not withstanding(sic) the lease rate ...
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How to proceed when there is no will/last testament?

The Situation: My best friend's mother (Grace) passed away on Monday. Grace told her sister Hope and her son that she had a will. We cannot locate it (at home, not filed with lawyer or the city). We ...
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Condo contract without record of it in the board minutes

In Ontario, if a previous board entered into a contract and there are no minutes showing a vote to accept it, can the corporation get out of the contract?
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What can I do about a landlord who falsely claims uncleanliness after I move out?

Two weeks after moving out, my landlord claims that I was going to be charged $40 for cleaning fees. After two emails of me trying to ask him what I was being charged for, he claims that there were ...
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Tenant refuses communication via phone or email

I am a landlord with one rental dwelling, currently occupied by tenants who will be departing in a few months' time. The tenant gave us their intention to move last week. Consequently, we posted an ...
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Can a landlord in Ontario require tenants to clean the property for a viewing?

I am a landlord with one rental dwelling, currently occupied by tenants who will be departing in a few months' time. The current tenants are uncooperative and refuse to clean the house. This is ...
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My parents purchased a condo under my name, can they legally take the condo back?

I live in Ontario, Canada. Due to conflict with my parents, they are claiming that by law they can force me to give back the condo to them (or repay them the amount of the purchase) since they paid ...
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Can an American own part of a Canadian-based corporation?

Combination of New York State (USA) and Ontario (CAN) jurisdictions here. If a New Yorker/American wishes to take partial ownership (equity) in an Ontario-based corporation, are there any special ...
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Cost of preparing pleadings: Disbursement vs Fees

Source: Ontario Small Claims Court - A Practical Guide (2011). pp. 258-259. §14.15 "Reasonable disbursements" are to include the following, unless the court orders otherwise: p. 258 Bottom ...
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What might've spurred the demand of repeating facts in the Plaintiff's Claim, instead of referencing their paragraphs?

Source: Ontario Small Claims Court - A Practical Guide (2011). p. 166 Bottom. §8.34 It is essential for the drawer of the affidavit (who might be the plaintiff himself or his representative) to ...
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How can a sole employee allege 1. 'not acting in the course of employment' and 2. 'acting without real or apparent authority'?

Source: Ontario Small Claims Court - A Practical Guide (2011). I transcribed only the relevant of the entire Pleading (that I scanned). p. 82 Bottom - 83 Top The plaintiff, Samivel Veller, is ...
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Why'd a plaintiff sue in 1. the firms's name or 2. all partners' names, instead of always 3. suing in 1 and 2?

Source: Ontario Small Claims Court - A Practical Guide (2011), p. 29 Bottom - p. 31 Top. §3.17 By the same token, a partnership may be sued either in [1.] the firm name, [2.] in the names of all ...
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What is the status of using mens rea as a defense in this manner in Canada or similar jurisdictions?

In Canadian man found not guilty of raping wife, the prosecution of a rapist in Ontario, Canada failed due to mens rea because it wasn't proved that the man knew his behaviour was illegal. Not because ...
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guest with tourette's syndrome and noise complaints [Ontario, Canada]

I have two tenants upstairs who live in rooms very close to each other - for privacy reasons I'll call them Left and Right based on their position relative to the staircase. Left frequently has a ...
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Can DNA on drugs be used as evidence even if the drugs weren't in anyone's possession at the time it was found? (Canada)

Can DNA found on drugs be used as evidence in court or is that unconstitutional? DNA can be transferred from different sources so it doesn't necessarily mean the DNA holder has come in direct contact ...
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Serving to a P.O. Box in Ontario

Assisting a relative with a small claims case (Ontario, Canada). We are to serve the defendant's representative (a paralegal) that is operating under a P.O. Box in another city. Are we legally ...
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Extensive Renovations during 60 days notice

I gave 60 days notice and the landlord seems to think they are starting extensive renovations during my 60 days. What rights do I have about not being disturbed and privacy and not having my ...
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Signing over intellectual property rights in Ontario

I have an employment contract to sign which contains a clause that states any intellectual property rights for things I produce outside of work will become property of the firm if it relates to their ...
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Is it legal for an employer to ask for SIN number over email?

I live in Ontario and recently my SIN Number changed. I notified my employer about the change and they asked me to email them the new sin number. I do not want to do so and I prefer to update my sin ...
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What is proper written notice under the Ontario Residential Tenancies Act?

Our landlord decided to take part in the large increases this past year, sending an email 3 days before the April 20 cutoff. Is email considered legal notice in Ontario? The tenancy act specifies "...
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Incorporating after receiving kickstarter funds

I am currently in the process of launching my first Kickstarter croudfunding campaign as an individual. I don't have a lot of money left, and I don't want spend it incorporating, especially because my ...
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Dog was attacked, owner gave false info. What to do?

So here's the situation: First of all this is all happening in Ontario My friend's dog was attacked recently by a 6 month old boxer, which despite its age, was strong. She (the attacked dog's owner) ...
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What expenses can I claim in a small claim court?

Ontario/Canada. I want to file a small claim against my previous roommate who I met online and with whom I signed a year contract for a two bedroom apartment. After I sublet my room for the last four ...
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In Ontario, is it legal to step into a seldom-used bike lane in order to ask a car driver for a ride?

Background In the Canadian province of Ontario, there are bike lanes on some streets. Late at night, on snowy days, some of these bike lanes are used pretty rarely. It's difficult to hitchhike ...
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Financial responsibilities for Custodian of (minor) international student

hoping this question is in scope here. Ok, first some background. Canada, Ontario. Toronto area if it matters. My wife and I have decided to act as a Homestay guardian/custodian for an ...
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Is employer required to honor an oral vacation approval?

Someone close to me, let's call her Jane, has a problem with an employer in Toronto (Ontario, Canada). Jane's elderly mother (let's call her Ingrid) is planning to visit Jane from overseas, with great ...
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What options do I have for recovering unpaid utility bills from a roommate?

I rented out a room in my apartment to a roommate for four months. While rent was paid in full (as it was due at the beginning of the month) my former roommate owes their share of one month worth of ...
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In Ontario, does it matter which municipality issues the marriage license?

The Ontario government web page tells you how to go to City Hall or a Municipal Office and get a marriage license. However, it doesn't say you can go to whatever municipality you feel like, nor does ...
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Are volunteer organizations considered a social area under the Ontario Human Rights Code?

I was recently denied a volunteer opportunity at a community organization. I feel like I was discriminated against one of the code grounds as outlined in the Ontario Human Rights Code. However, is ...
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Landlord's obligations during prolonged repairs

My landlord has determined that my building's balconies are in critical need of repair. They have blocked off access to all balconies, and are performing the (extremely noisy) repairs. Repairs are ...
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In Canada, do you have to own a property to rent it out?

Say someone intends to rent out a real property (house, apartment, etc.) to someone. Must they own the property to legally do so? I mean, is it legal to rent out a property if it's in the process of ...
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What happens when a legally binding document is accidentally filled out wrong?

A friend of mine was hired by a company that has a lengthy onboarding process that has lots of paper work. One document he had to sign contained The following are Developments not covered by ...
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Right of way between U-turning and Right-turning vehicles at traffic lights

At a traffic light controlled intersection, who has right of way between a U-turning vehicle and a right-turning vehicle? Consider the following cases, assuming no other applicable signage: Case 1 - ...