Community Living Ontario and PooranLaw Launch the “Inspiring Possibilities: Legal Guide to Engaging Private Support Workers”

On December 10, 2020, we launched our “Inspiring Possibilities: Legal Guide to Engaging Private Support Workers” (the “Guide”) in partnership with Community Living Ontario and the Law Foundation of Ontario.  Members of the PooranLaw team facilitated a webinar for families of people living with disabilities where we highlighted key takeaways from the Guide and answered questions from participants. We are looking forward to future webinars in the new year about the Guide and how to engage support workers directly in the new year.

What the Guide Covers:

The Guide provides a comprehensive overview of key legal issues, considerations and obligations that may arise when families are hiring support workers. The Guide contains best practices, helpful resources and tips in the following areas:

  • Backgrounder on the legal system in Ontario and key legal terminology
  • Funding sources for supports
  • Determining the status of your worker
  • Hiring an employee
  • Contracting with an independent contractor
  • Employment obligations
  • Human Rights
  • Health and Safety
  • Payroll and tax considerations
  • Insurance
  • Working with staffing agencies
  • Live-in support workers

You can access a free copy of the guide here. A French version of the book will be available in early 2021.