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.
Ontario’s Class Proceedings Act is almost 25 years old. During this period, class actions have grown dramatically in volume, complexity, and impact in Ontario and across Canada. Class action proceedings have significant policy and financial implications for both potential class members and potential class action defendants. Class action issues also have systemic implications for access to justice, court procedures and efficiency, and government and corporate liability.
The LCO’s class action project considers Ontario’s experience with class actions since the enactment of the Class Proceedings Act in 1993. The project has two main objectives:
- Survey the experience with class actions in Ontario, and
- Provide an independent and practical analysis of class actions from the perspective of their three objectives: access to justice, judicial economy, and deterrence.
The project will produce an independent, balanced, and authoritative report on class actions issues. The report may make recommendations for law reform where appropriate to do so.
The LCO will organise consultations with the legal profession, legal organizations, governments, public and private organizations, academics and others who have an interest in class actions. The project will circulate a consultation paper and organize dedicated in-person meetings/consultations with key individuals, organizations, and stakeholders. The LCO expects public consultations to begin in late 2017.
- The LCO class actions project is in its early stages.
- The LCO has retained two Principal Researchers to lead the project, including:
- The LCO has appointed an expert Reference Group including:
- The Honourable Stephen T. Goudge, Chair and Board of Governors Liaison
- Tim Buckley, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
- Michael A. Eizenga, Partner, Bennett Jones LLP
- Professor Trevor C. W. Farrow, Osgoode Hall Law School
- Celeste Poltak, Partner, Koskie Minsky LLP
- Linda Rothstein, Partner, Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein
- The LCO expects public consultations to begin in late 2017.