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Welcome to ACTO
Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario

The Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO) works to better the housing situation of Ontario residents who have low incomes including tenants, co-op members and people who are homeless. ACTO achieves this through:

  • test case litigation;
  • lobbying and law reform;
  • housing policy work;
  • community organizing; and,
  • public legal education.

ACTO works with legal clinics, tenant associations and other groups and individuals concerned about housing issues. ACTO is funded by Legal Aid Ontario and has been in existence since September, 2001.

Tenant Duty Council Program

The Tenant Duty Counsel Program ("TDCP") is a program of ACTO. It provides information and limited legal assistance to eligible tenants appearing at the Landlord and Tenant Board.

This section of the ACTO web site is a private area provided for the benefit of duty counsel, and is only available in English.

If you are a tenant looking for information or assistance, please contact your local community legal clinic or go to Tenant Info.

To enter this area, please go to the login page.

Contact Us

Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario & Tenant Duty Counsel Program
425 Adelaide Street West, 5th Floor, Toronto, ON M5V 3C1
Tel: (416) 597-5855 • Toll Free: 1-866-245-4182 • Fax: (416) 597-5821

What's New

Communities across Canada will be marking National Housing Day with events to promote and raise awareness on the right to housing. Join ACTO on November 21st for a National Housing Day Rally and Right to Housing Forum!  Click here for more information and to register.  If you need assistance with registration, call 416-597-5855 or toll free 1-866-245-4182.

Over 100,000 low income households could lose their housing subsidy in Ontario.  More

2015 Rent Guideline Twice the 2014 Increase. More

Find out what's new with the Right to Housing Challenge here:

  • 8 organizations/coalitions were granted the right to make arguments with ACTO at the Court of Appeal
  • The appeal was heard on May 26, 27 and 28 and a decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal is pending

A Road to Home: The Right to Housing in Canada and Internationally:

  • ACTO organized an international right to housing symposium in October 2013. All symposium video footage is now available here
  • Speakers' materials from the symposium are available here

Housing is a Human Right. Why is Canada still violating this basic human right?

ACTO appears before the Standing Committee on Justice Policy calling for changes to new housing legislation to ensure fairness for tenants and to protect social housing from privatization.
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