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

Class Actions

The LCO’s class actions project is the first independent, evidence-based, and comprehensive review of class actions in Ontario since the enactment of the Class Proceedings Act in 1993. The project will provide an independent and practical analysis of class actions in Ontario.

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. This project considers how technology and “internet speech” challenge freedom of expression, defamation, jurisdiction, legal remedies, and access to justice.

Improving the Last Stages of Life

The Improving the Last Stages of Life project considers how the law shapes the rights, choices, and quality of life for persons who are dying and those who support them.

Legal Capacity, Decision-making and Guardianship

The LCO released its Final Report on Legal Capacity, Decision-making and Guardianship on March 8, 2017.


LCO Board member receives honourary degree

October 17th, 2017|0 Comments

LCO Board member, Justice Harry LaForme, was just given an honourary degree from the University of Windsor. Read about the event and Justice LaForme’s remarks here.

LCO commissioned researcher wins prestigious UK prize for paper on defamation law

October 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Congratulations to LCO Commissioned Researcher, Dr. David Mangan, for winning the prestigious Best Paper Prize, UK Society of Legal Scholars, for his paper “Reconsidering Defamation as a 21st Century Tort”. Dr. Mangan's paper was based [...]

Defamation Law in the Internet Age: Consultation Launch and Public Lecture

October 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Join the LCO on Monday, November 6, as we kick-off consultations for our Defamation in the Internet Age project. The LCO is launching project consultations with a public lecture and interactive panel featuring Dr. Daithí [...]

Call for LCO Board of Governors Applications

October 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

The LCO is currently seeking applications from Ontarians who wish to become at-large members of the LCO Board. Appointments are for three years with a potential renewal for an additional term. The Board is responsible [...]



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