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New Report--Linking health literacy and legal capability, Community Legal Education Ontario

We’re pleased to release our new discussion paper, Don’t smoke, don’t be poor, read before signing: Linking health literacy and legal capability.

Community Legal Education Ontario's (CLEO) Centre for Research and Innovation has prepared this paper to share ideas and promising practices from health literacy and promotion work. We’ve identified some opportunities for adapting what we’ve learned from the health sector into public legal education and information thinking and practices.

We hope that this will stimulate a wider dialogue about strategies to better help people deal with legal problems. We’re interested in your thoughts on our analysis and on the priorities we have identified for improving the legal capability of vulnerable people in Ontario. Here are some of the questions that arose for us, and on which we’d like your views:

  • Do you think that the development of “social determinants of civil justice” would help justice organizations design strategies to help people from vulnerable communities address their legal problems?
  • To what extent would the “social determinants of civil justice” mirror the social determinants of health?
  • What are your suggestions for how those interested in this work might collaborate to move it forward?
  • What recommendations are you most interested in discussing further or helping to pursue?
  • What other comments or ideas do you have?

We hope that you’ll consider sharing your thoughts with others in the Comments section at

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To view or download our paper, visit

We look forward to hearing from you!