The Law Commission of Ontario is Ontario’s leading law reform agency. The LCO provides independent, balanced and authoritative advice on complex legal policy issues. Our work promotes access to justice and contributes to public debate.

Current Projects

Legal Capacity, Decision-making and Guardianship

The law of legal capacity, decision-making and guardianship governs how decisions related to property, treatment and personal care are made in situations where individuals’ decision-making abilities are in some way impaired, but decisions must nonetheless be made.

Defamation Law in the Internet Age

Defamation law is a branch of tort law that attempts to protect a claimant’s reputation from harm caused by false statements.

Improving the Last Stages of Life

On September 18, 2014, the Law Commission of Ontario’s (LCO) Board of Governors approved a project to consider improving the last stages of people’s lives as they approach death.

Class Actions

While the CPA is procedural in nature, its objectives of access to justice, judicial economy and behavioral modification make it a potentially powerful tool when applied to a wide array of complex, high-stakes litigation.


Bill 59 proposes to implement recommendations from the LCO’s Fees for Cashing Government Cheques Final Report

March 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Proposed amendments in Bill 59: Putting Consumers First Act (Consumer Protection Statute Law Amendment), 2016, implement recommendations from the LCO's first project, Fees for Cashing Government Cheques. Schedule 2 of [...]

Capacity and guardianship final report in the news!

March 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Listen to LCO Executive Director, Nye Thomas, on CBC Radio; Nye talks about the newly released report and powers of attorney. In the Toronto Star: Ontario urged to overhaul power [...]

The Law Commission of Ontario releases its Final Report on Legal Capacity, Decision-making and Guardianship!

March 8th, 2017|0 Comments

The LCO today releases its Final Report on Legal Capacity, Decision-making and Guardianship.  The LCO’s Final Report recommends a comprehensive plan to reform Ontario’s laws and policies regarding powers of [...]

La CDO embauche chercheurs étudiants pour l’été 2017!

January 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Les étudiants et étudiantes qui travaillent à la Commission du droit de l’Ontario (CDO) ont l’occasion de participer au processus de réforme du droit de l’intérieur. La CDO invite les [...]

LCO is Hiring Law Student Researchers for Summer 2017!

January 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Student researchers at the Law Commission of Ontario have an opportunity to learn about law reform agency processes from the inside. The LCO invites applications for summer 2017, from law [...]

Publication de deux rapports pour le projet Améliorer les dernières étapes de la vie

December 20th, 2016|0 Comments

La Commission du droit de l’Ontario (CDO) est heureuse d’annoncer la publication de deux rapports qui font partie d’une série d’études commandées auprès de spécialistes externes des quatre coins du [...]