New reports from CLEO – helping people deal with legal problems


How can we best help people in Ontario improve their legal capability – or the ability to recognize and deal with legal problems in their lives?

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) recently released two new reports that explore this question:

Our research looks at the barriers people – especially marginalized Ontarians – might face when legal problems arise. We used findings from our online scan, and from our recent research linking health literacy and legal capability, to develop a working legal capability framework for the Ontario context. The framework gives an overview of the knowledge, skills, and personal characteristics and circumstances an Ontarian would need to deal with legal problems effectively at various stages.


CLEO hopes that the working framework will stimulate a wider discussion about strategies to improve the legal capability of people in Ontario and Canada. We’re interested in your thoughts on our analysis. A workshop for this purpose will be taking place at the Connect, Create, Communicate conference being held in Toronto on October 20 – 21, 2016.

In the meantime, please share any thoughts in the Comments section below, or email us.

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