OTSU members,
discover
your legal
protection
program

designed With
students in mind.

get fair Access To Justice

Seeking legal counsel for conflicts with a landlord, an employer, or a school’s administration can be intimidating and resolving the dispute can be difficult, especially since finding and engaging a lawyer is often a lengthy and costly process.

That’s why we’ve designed a Legal Protection Program for students—the first of its kind in Canada.

As a full-time or part-time Ontario Tech student, you have access to a legal consultation service to consult a duly certified lawyer in your province of study regarding any legal question via a toll-free legal assistance helpline. The Program also includes further counsel should you qualify for legal representation.

comprehensive protection for 3 areas of law
for otsu members

Housing

HOUSING rights

Legal expenses arising from a dispute over a housing lease, such as a disputed rent increase, an illegal eviction, or a breach of a condition in the lease.

Employment

EMPLOYMENT rights

Legal expenses arising from a dispute with a current or future employment contract, with respect to labour standards for grievances not covered by a union or government agency. This does not include occupational health and safety issues.

Academic

ACADEMIC RIGHTS

A student’s legal expenses in the event of a dispute with an academic institution. This excludes cases related to sexual misconduct or a criminal act.

HAMMER DOWN THE COST OF JUSTIce!

LEGAL REPRESENTATION INCLUDES:

  • Lawyers' fees 
  • Legal expenses (disbursements), such as court fees, attendance fees, and witness expenses
  • Expert’s fees up to a maximum of $1,000 (excluding taxes)
  • The student is responsible for paying the costs awarded to the adverse party in civil cases, if the student has received an order to pay them from the Court

tools to protect your rights as an otsu member

1

Access to a helpline for any area of law

2

Comprehensive protection for 3 areas of law

3

Confidence to pursue action with the full support of a team of legal experts


You’re responsible for verifying if you’re automatically enrolled by checking your tuition statement.

Note: Requests for legal representation deemed frivolous or patently unreasonable, as judged by the partner law firm, may be subject to denial of service.

Frivolous: A request that has no legal basis.
Patently unreasonable: A request for which the legal action sought by the student is disproportionate to the scale of the problem raised.

COMMISSIONED SERVICES - PILOT PROGRAM

As of October 12th, 2020, through Studentcare, students who require commissioning services can arrange for virtual meetings to commission affidavits. Notarizing services are also offered.

To benefit from the commissioning and notarizing services, call the toll-free legal assistance helpline (1-833-202-4571) to place a service request, and a meeting will be scheduled with a partner law firm. The services are provided on Wednesdays only, but you can place a request from Monday to Friday during Studentcare’s regular business hours.

Fees

Full-year access (from Sept. 1, 2021 - Aug. 31, 2022) is $28, automatically included in your student association-administered fees.

The fee for new winter/spring semester students is $18.67 (for access until Aug. 31, 2022).

Change-of-Coverage Period

You can opt out of the Legal Protection Program during the Change-of-Coverage Period.

Fall semester: Sept. 7 – 30, 2021
Winter semester (new students only): Jan. 3– 30, 2022

Email Money Transfer Password Retrieval

If you completed an opt out and have forgotten the password for your refund by email money transfer, click here to retrieve it.

READY TO STAND UP FOR YOUR rights?

Inaction is expensive.

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