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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.
Globe and Mail: Proposed changes to Ontario’s class-action laws would make it harder to sue corporations and government, experts say
An article regarding the proposed class actions reforms in Bill 161 was recently published in the Globe and Mail, and features comments from LCO Executive Director Nye Thomas. More information about the LCO's class actions [...]
The LCO is thrilled to announce that the Chair of our Board of Governors, Andrew Pinto, was appointed to the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario on February 3, 2020. Our most sincere congratulations to [...]
The impact of Automated Decision-Making in the Civil and Administrative Justice System requires deliberate and considerate policy and legal guidance. Read the LCO's article in Slaw on these issues.
On Tuesday, December 10th, 2019, the LCO will host an invitational forum on automated decision-making in the civil and administrative justice system. The forum is a cross-disciplinary event designed to promote innovative, collaborative and multi-disciplinary [...]
The Law Times recently released their Newsmakers series, which provides a look at the stories that have "dominated" their "pages over the last 52 weeks". Coming in at number 3 on the list was the [...]
Algorithms, automated decision-making (ADM) and artificial intelligence (AI) are a new frontier for access to justice, human rights, dispute resolution and due process. The first phase of LCO’s multiyear Digital Rights project considers two areas of technology law reform that potentially affect all Ontarians: the use of algorithms in the justice system and consumer protection in the “digital marketplace.”
The LCO is now preparing to establish a distinct engagement process to identify and hear about Indigenous laws and experiences in the last stages of life. This will take place in early 2019. This distinct Indigenous engagement process extends general LSL consultations conducted from June 2017 – May 2018.
The LCO’s Final Report, Class Actions: Objectives, Experiences and Reforms 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 Final Report makes 47 recommendations to reform the CPA and related policies in a broad range of areas.
The LCO’s project is the most comprehensive analysis of Ontario’s defamation law framework to date. The project is examining the underlying purpose and function of defamation law and how defamation law should be updated to account for “internet speech,” including social media, blogs, internet platforms and digital media.
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.
- Division of Pensions Upon Marriage Breakdown
- Family Law Reform
- The Federal RDSP, and Capacity and Legal Representation
- Fees for Cashing Government Cheques
- Legal Capacity, Decision-making and Guardianship
- Forestry Workers Lien for Wages Act
- Joint & Several Liability
- A Framework for the Law as it Affects Older Adults
- Persons with Disabilities
- Provincial Offences Act
- Small Estates
- Violence against Women Curriculum Modules Initiative
- Vulnerable Workers and Precarious Work