Projects

Current & Ongoing Projects Recently Completed

 

A look at some of the projects we are working on in addition to our core programs:

Condominium Education Project – Phase Three (April 2014 – Ongoing)
Funded by the Alberta Real Estate Foundation, the goal of this project with its three phases is to increase the knowledge of Albertans on their rights and obligations under condominium law. Phase One of the project involved the development of the Condo Law for Albertans website. The emphasis of Phase Two was to produce plain language legal information resources on rights and responsibilities of condominium board members. Phase Three will involve a revision of the materials created in Phases 1& 2 to comply with the new ACT and Regulations which are soon to be in place and will also take into account any feedback that has been received from stakeholders. During Phase 3 CPLEA will implement the Communications Plan that was developed in Phase 2 to inform Albertan’s about the resources. www.condolawalberta.ca
Aboriginal, Immigrant and Refugee Seniors: Housing and Discrimination (April 2017 – Ongoing)
This project is funded by the Alberta Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund. In this project, CPLEA will develop resources to help empower and educate Aboriginal, immigrant and refugee seniors and their caregivers about their rights under the Alberta Human Rights Act with regard to accessing and maintaining seniors’ housing in Alberta.
Child Welfare Project (January 2016 – Ongoing)
CPLEA conducted an environmental scan and needs assessment to determine what public legal education resources are needed for Albertans involved with the child welfare system as well as for frontline service providers who assist these individuals.
Residential Tenancies Legal Information Project
Funded by the Alberta Real Estate Foundation, The Residential Tenancies Legal Information Program operates the Laws for Landlords and Tenants in Alberta website, which provides plain language information on housing law in Alberta. CPLEA also conducts presentations across the province on landlord and tenant rights, answer reference questions, and develop information booklets and sample agreements. www.landlordandtenant.org
Pro Bono Students Canada Project
The Centre for Public Legal Education is pleased to partner with Pro Bono Students Canada to give law students hands-on research and writing experience on a variety of projects.
LawNow
Funded by the Alberta Law Foundation, LawNow is a free bi-monthly digital magazine that examines and analyses contemporary Canadian issues from the perspective of the law. It is a reliable source of information about Canada’s laws and legal processes and their relationship to life in Canada. The site features a searchable database of current and past issues. Subscribers are alerted to new issues through an email newsletter that highlights the topic and special report. www.lawnow.org
Alberta Alliance for the Safety of Animals and People (AASAP)
The Alberta Alliance for the Safety of Animals and People (AASAP) is a partnership of Alberta based non-profit, government and victims services agencies that help both animal and human victims of domestic violence. The Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta is proud to be a partner in this worthwhile initiative. For more information on the initiative see Alberta Alliance for the Safety of Animals and People (AASAP).
Domestic Violence & Renting in Alberta: Exploring Landlords’ Roles in Supporting Tenants At Risk of or Experiencing Domestic Violence (December 2015 to February 2017)
Funded by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy through Homeward Trust Edmonton’s Community Research Projects funding. CPLEA explored ways landlords can more effectively help tenants at risk of or experiencing domestic violence. This research will be used by CPLEA staff in future projects to design resources that will help landlords play their roles effectively. We would like to thank the Alberta Residential Landlord Association; the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters; the Edmonton Community Legal Centre; and the Stop Abuse in Families Society for their support and assistance with this project.
Final Report: Domestic Violence: Roles of Landlords and Property Managers

 

A look at some of our past projects:

Family Law Toolkit for Albertans Experiencing Domestic Violence (Completed June 2016)
Funded by the Alberta Law Foundation, CPLEA developed a selection of family law resources for Albertans experiencing domestic violence and the frontline service workers who assist them. Resources address family-based legal issues that Albertans fleeing domestic violence need to consider before and after they have left an abusive relationship. www.cplea.ca/publications
Law for Alberta’s Multicultural Communities – Discrimination & Renting
(Completed May 2016)
This project was funded by the Alberta Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund. In this project, CPLEA created resources for multicultural communities to learn about their rental rights under the Alberta Human Rights Act. These resources use real-life scenarios to explain what landlords are allowed to do and not do under the Act. Resources also explain what remedies are available and how individuals can access these remedies. www.cplea.ca/publications
Negotiating the Legal Terrain: How Survivors of Domestic Violence Experience Their Search for Justice – Phase One (Completed February 2016)
Funded by the Government of Alberta through a partnership between the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research and the Alberta Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness. CPLEA developed a plan and methodology to conduct research that tells the stories of survivors of domestic violence who have navigated the justice system.
Accessing Justice: Legal Information for Frontline Service Providers (Completed January 2016)
This was a project in partnership with the Justice Sector Constellation, a working committee of the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative. With funding provided by the Alberta Law Foundation, this project developed a workshop and resources for intermediaries who work with vulnerable populations to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to recognize client legal issues and to make appropriate client referrals to legal services. www.cplea.ca/publications
Law for Alberta’s Multicultural Communities – Resources: Your Rights at Work (Completed March 2015)
This project was funded by the Alberta Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund. In this project, CPLEA created resources for multicultural communities to learn about their employment rights. These resources use real-life scenarios to explain human rights law and employment to young people. Research indicates that immigrants with limited English speaking abilities often turn to their children to act as intermediaries to pass on information, including legal information. By developing resources for youth, the youth will learn about human rights law and then will also be able to pass this information along to their family members. www.cplea.ca/publications
Elder Abuse Awareness (Completed March 2015)
This project was focused on increasing the knowledge and awareness of how intermediaries can use the law to prevent and reduce elder abuse. A resource guide, facilitator’s guide, and multiple tip sheets were produced for the project. All resources can be accessed for free online in English and French through our publications page. We gratefully acknowledge the Government of Canada – Employment and Social Development for funding this project. www.cplea.ca/publications
Legal Information for Post Secondary Students (LIPS) (Completed January 2015)
This project, funded by Status of Women Canada, was designed to build partnerships and collaboration between Northern Lakes College (NLC) and its community stakeholders and to assist in developing resource-based strategies and approaches intended to help prevent violence against women on campus. Guided by student opinion and input, CPLEA developed legal resources for rural college students to be used at NLC and in colleges across Alberta. From these consultations the website WillowNet was created. www.willownet.ca
Families and the Law (Completed Fall 2014)
CPLEA partnered with the Edmonton Community Legal Centre for this project to create new resources on Family Law in Alberta. The five booklets in the series provide practical legal information on Child Custody and Parenting, Financial Support, Property Division, Representing Yourself in Family Court, and Young Parents. We gratefully acknowledge the Alberta Law Foundation for the funding that made this project possible. www.cplea.ca/publications
Hidden Homeless: Residential Tenancies Issues of Victims of Domestic Violence (Completed June 2014)
Funded by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy through Homeward Trust Edmonton’s Community Research Projects funding. This study was undertaken to better understand the legal context within which victims of domestic violence operate in staying in, leaving, and finding new rental housing. Its purpose is to contribute to preventing at risk populations from entering or returning to homelessness
Final Report:The Hidden Homeless: Residential Tenancies Issues of Victims of Domestic Violence
Constitutionally-protected Minority Official Language Rights (Completed Spring 2014)
Funded by Justice Canada’s Access to Justice in Both Official Languages Support Fund, resources have been developed for people interested in learning more about their constitutionally-protected French language minority rights outside of Québec. www.cplea.ca/publications
Les droits des minorités de langues officielles protégés par la Constitution (Completed Spring 2014)
Financé par Le Fonds d’appui à l’accès à la justice dans les deux langues officielles, des ressources ont été créee pour les personnes intéressées à en apprendre davantage à propos les droits linguistiques protégés par la Constitution (hors du Québec). www.cplea.ca/publications
Law for Alberta’s Multicultural Communities: Research (Completed Spring 2014)
CPLEA received funding from the Alberta Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund to undertake research to clarify the need for accessible legal information for multicultural groups in Alberta. The project looked at the information needs related to specific areas of civil law as identified in the Alberta Human Rights Act. Immigrants’ information-seeking behaviours, including when and how information is accessed, were investigated and recommendations on appropriate formats and sources provided.
Law for Alberta’s Multicultural Communities