JFCY publications are free to download and distribute

 General Information about JFCY tri-fold 

 Teen Street Guide 2017 – pocket-sized foldout with info on a variety of youth services and a map showing their location in the city


The legal information pamphlets below have been formatted to print on regular letter size paper.  They are also available in booklet form; please contact us to request copies and determine shipping costs.

School Issues:

  Right to Attend – school boards, location, exemptions, quitting

   Special Education – identification process, IPRCs and IEPs, accomodation, reviews, appeals

   Suspensions – discipline process, mitigating circumstances, reviews and appeals

   Expulsions – discipline process, mitigating circumstances, hearings and appeals


Human Rights and LGBTQI2S Legal Rights:

  Human Rights in Ontario – discrimination, protected grounds and areas, making a claim

 LGBTQI2S Legal Rights – sexual identity and sexual expression, GSAs, gender and trans inclusive spaces, changes to government documents

Youth Criminal Justice:

  Youth Criminal Court Process – right to a lawyer, EJM and EJS, attending court, flowchart

  Bail in Youth Criminal Court – being released, sureties and being held

Child Protection:

  Corporal Punishment – Physical discipline (hitting and spanking)

Individual legal subjects:

  Leaving Home – when can you live independently, school, work and support options. See also: Voluntary Youth Service Agreements with CAS for 16 & 17 year olds

Health Care – OHIP, OHIP+ Children and Youth Pharmacare, IFHP, making treatment decisions, health records, psychiatric facilities and secure treatment

 Shoplifting Demand Letters – letters from stores asking for money after being accused of and/or caught shoplifting

 Criminal Injuries Compensation Board – for victims of crime, application and process

 Age Based Laws (youth friendly version) – concise summary of age-based legal milestones for youth in Ontario, updated Nov 2017

Age Based Laws – Technical Version (2 pages, legal version)

Know Your Rights: A legal guide to your rights and responsibilities under the Youth Criminal Justice Act (2015)

This publication was updated in October 2015 and is no longer available in a printed book format. We continue to seek funding to reprint this publication. If you would like a hard copy, please contact us to determine the cost; it will be printed on letter sized paper, 3-hole punched and ready for your binder of choice.


Cover and Backcover


  1. Introduction
  2. The Police
  3. Lawyers
  4. Detention
  5. Extrajudicial Measures and Extrajudicial Sanctions (EJM & EJS)
  6. In Court
  7. Sentencing Process
  8. AboriginalYouth
  9. Types of Sentences
  10. Records
  11. Appeals

Street Law Smarts 2015: fact sheets designed to assist staff working at street-youth serving agencies to help homeless youth with their legal problems

This publication is generally only available in this format. If you would like a hard copy, please contact us to determine the cost; it will be printed on letter sized paper, 3-hole punched and ready for your binder of choice.

Introduction and Summary

Table of Contents

Back Page

  1. Where to Get Legal Help
  2. Evidence Tips
  3. Leaving Home
  4. Ontario Works & ODSP
  5. Shelters
  6. Tenant Rights
  7. Small Claims
  8. If you have been a victim of a crime
  9. Immigration
  10. Mental Health
  11. Education
  12. Stops and Searches by Police
  13. Security Guards
  14. Tickets
  15. Panhandling
  16. Parks
  17. Trespassing
  18. Street and Sidewalks
  19. Alcohol
  20. Marijuana
  21. Warrants
  22. Appearing in Criminal Court
  23. Police Complaints
  24. Youth Records
  25. Adult Records
  26. Record Suspensions (previously pardons)

Zines created by our Public Legal Education Team:

PLASTIC CARDS – with legal content on back:

These wallet sized plastic cards below are available in hard copy.  Please contact us to request cards and to determine hipping.


suspensions   expulsions

Police Stops – under 18


SYLS Police Card – Searches & Stops card:

Extrajudicial Measures & Sanctions (EJM & EJS) card:


Youth Records plastic cards series, in order of appearance:

1 – Who can See Your Records?

2 – When are Youth Records Destroyed?

3 –Travel, Employment and Immigration

 YouthRecord1-face   YouthRecord2-face   YouthRecord3-face

Street Youth Legal Services series, in order of appearance:

Warrants-face   Panhandling-face   Security-face  Parks-face  Tickets-face

From the archives:

Annual Reports: 2017, 2016, 2015

History of JFCY: 1978 – 2013