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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

  • What the federal parties say they will do about housing: click here for housing platforms and ACTO's report card 
  • Watch the video of our September 30th Right to Housing Forum here
  • Give us your feedback about the Right to Housing Forum here
  • Check out a year-long investigative project on housing issues by the Tyee Solutions Society here
  • ACTO's Press Release: Over Half of Canadians Would Support a Political Party that Makes Affordable Housing a Priority, New Poll Finds
  • As the 2015 federal election approaches, join the Vote Housing For All campaign and send a strong message to all political parties that housing is a key election issue! Click here for more info and resources you can use.
  • On Sep 30th, join ACTO for our Right to Housing Forum to talk about the affordable housing and homelessness crisis in the context of housing as a right. Make affordable housing a federal election issue! More info here..
  • Read ACTO’s op-ed on Why Housing First Won’t End Homelessness
  • Supreme Court Slams Door Shut on Canada`s Housing Crisis! Click here for more information.
  • Hot off the press! Click here to read about the fight for the right to housing in Canada and around the world!
  • 2015 Federal and Provincial budgets inadequate in addressing affordable housing and homelessness crisis. Click here to see ACTO’s view on the budgets.
  • Ontario Energy Minister announces new electricity bill affordability program for low-income consumers. Click here for more information.
  • Landlord and Tenant Board grants permanent rent reduction for removal of balconies. Click here to see the LTB’s Decision.
  • The Right to Housing case is before the Supreme Court of Canada. We’re asking the SCC to allow us to appeal the Court of Appeal decision. Click here to see the SCC leave materials.

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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