Community Meeting (Jan 16, 2019): Ontario Standard Form Lease Redesign


Presenters: Francesca (Law & Design Colab)

In January 2018, the Ontario government released a Standard Form Lease for residential tenancies. This was a great step towards promoting fairness in residential leases. However, we believe the document itself can be better-designed and made more accessible.

Inspired by the UK’s redesign project for residential tenancies in 2014, we are engaging legal experts, advocates and community members in a co-design process to develop a digital-first re-design of the Standard Form Lease that is accessible, interactive, and grounded in community concerns and realities.



Video recording

  • Law and Design CoLab
    • It is a Civic Tech project
    • An entirely volunteer non-profit group
    • An interdisciplinary teem
    • Mission to promote design thinking and cross-sector collaboration in Ontario's Justice sector
  • Civic Tech
    • a multidisplicnary group of designers and developers
    • been meeting meeting weekly in Toronto for the past few years.
  • Ontario Standard Form Lease Redesign
    • original
      • came out in 2014
      • it's a fillable PDF that took over a year of consultation to produce
      • the hope is that standardization will make it easier to understand
      • however it's not what the advocates had actually wanted
        • in practical use landlords still use their own rent document and attach this form as an appendix
    • redesign
      • goals
        • digital, accessible, interactive, connected to resources
      • short timeline
      • phases
        • full prototype in Figma
          • will include design language including contrasts and etc
          • language updated
        • user testing using Figma or vision
        • Development