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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
  • All 8 organizations/coalitions have been granted the right to make arguments at the Court of Appeal. We've been granted an extra day so the hearing of the appeal of Justice Lederer's decision and the intervenor arguments will be on May 26, 27, 28 at the Court of Appeal (not just May 26, 27 as it was formerly)
  • The motions for leave to intervene will be heard on March 28, 2014 starting at 10 am at the Court of Appeal. The following groups/coalitions will seek permission from the Court to intervene: Amnesty International Canada and the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, ARCH Disability Law Centre, The Dream Team, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario Coalition, Charter Committee on Poverty Issues, Pivot Legal Society and Justice for Girls Coalition, Colour of Poverty/Colour of Change Network (COPC), David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC), the Steering Committee on Social Assistance and the ODSP Action Coalition, Ontario Human Rights Commission, Women’s Legal Education Action Fund (LEAF)
  • The appeal of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice decision allowing the Attorneys General motion to strike will be heard at the Court of Appeal on May 26th and 27th, 2014
  • Speakers' materials from A Road to Home: The Right to Housing in Canada and Internationally have been uploaded to our website
  • 2014 Rent Increase Cap Second Lowest Since 1975
  • Find out what's new with the Right to Housing Challenge
  • Housing is a human right. Why is Canada still violating this basic human right?
  • ACTO Lawyer, Tracy Heffernan, Awarded Fellowship to Advance the Right to Housing
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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