Summer Position – Canada Summer Jobs Program – Community Legal Services of Ottawa is seeking applicants for a Community Development Worker

To be eligible, you must be:

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment; and,
  • Have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.
  • Live in the national capital region

Community Legal Services of Ottawa is a community legal clinic, funded by Legal Aid Ontario. We provide extensive legal support for the low-income residents of Ottawa as well as community development and organizing, law reform, legal education and outreach services.

Anticipated Contract Start & End Dates

  • June 29 to August 21
  • This is an 8-week position. The 8 weeks must be completed continuously.


  • $17/hour for 35 hours/week

Interview Dates

  • Anticipated between June 15-17

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Participant will assist CLSO staff to develop, co-ordinate and/or implement the delivery of specific community development projects or initiatives addressing systemic barriers faced by low income individuals and marginalized groups, and with respect to the following 3 areas of law: income security/public benefits, affordable housing for tenants, and immigration and refugee law. There may be a strong focus on the development of communications (social and traditional media) resources and outreach in support of CLSO’s community development work.
    • Examples of community development projects or initiatives include public legal education (PLE) and awareness-building, participatory action research, community consultations and planning, campaign-building, advocacy, community and/or leadership training, resource development, coalition and stakeholder group development, etc.
  • The participant will work directly with other legal clinic staff, and/or clients and/or community members and/or staff of community partner agencies. The participant may also have the opportunity to observe and learn about how administrative and social benefits tribunals and other courts function (contingent on public health guidelines for social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic).

Important points to note about this position

During the COVID pandemic, the participant must be able to work remotely as well as in the office and comply with social distancing and other requirements set by CLSO.

  • This position will probably require the participant to work from home (remotely) for the full 8 weeks using their own personal devices.
  • This is a community development position and will not provide legal casework or casework support experience.
  • This position would be best suited for someone who is a self-starter, who can manage their work well with high flexibility, who is comfortable working independently with minimal supervision, and who would enjoy doing outreach, networking and building relationships with community members and partner agencies.

Preferred level of education

  • College or Post-secondary (upper level or completed)

How to Apply for this position

  • Please send a Cover Letter and Resumé in PDF format to by June 8th at 4:30 PM
  • Please include names and contact information for two references.

Community Legal Services of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We welcome applicants from our diverse community and from historically disadvantaged groups.

Thank you for your interest!