[1] Law Commission of Ontario, Strategic Plan 2008-2012, p. 1-2, available online: http://www.lco-cdo.org/en/documents/HighlightsLCOstrategicplan-final-april08.pdf [LCO Strategic Plan].

[2] Same as above.

[3] Chief Justice of Ontario, the Honourable Warren K. Winkler, publicly stated that family law is in need of significant reform, particularly with regards to the delivery of family law across the province to better serve the public (Warren K. Winkler, “Access to Justice” (Remarks at the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Six Minute Family Law Lawyer Conference, December 5, 2007 [unpublished]). In 1993, the former Ontario Law Reform Commission made recommendations for family law reform on a wide range of issues, including the application of common law remedies in matrimonial property disputes, equalization at death, problems with valuation and the treatment of the matrimonial home (Ontario Law Reform Commission, Report on Family Property Law (Toronto: 1993).

[4] Report of Creative Symposium, Toronto, November 30, 2006 [unpublished].

[5] Lorne Sossin, Research Priorities Report: Submitted to the Board of Governors of the Law Commission of Ontario, April 27, 2007, available online in English only: http://www.lco-cdo.org/en/documents/SossinResearchReport.pdf.

[6] Family Law Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. F-3.

[7] Nova Scotia (Attorney General) v. Walsh, 2002 SCC 83, [2002] 4 S.C.R. 325.

[8] Ontario Law Reform Commission, Report on the Rights and Responsibilities of Cohabitants Under the Family Law Act (Toronto: 1993).

[9] See the LCO website: http://www.lco-cdo.org/en/documents/Currentprojects/pensions.html.

[10] See 2006 Statistics Canada Census, available online: http://www40.statcan.gc.ca/l01/cst01/demo11b-eng.htm.

[11] Same as above. For more information about francophones in Ontario, see the website of the Office of Francophone Affairs of the Ontario government (http://www.ofa.gov.on.ca/en/franco.html).

[12] See for example the French Language Services Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. F-32.

[13] See the Etablissement.Org website: http://etablissement.org/sys/faqs_detail.asp?faq_id=4000774.

[14] See 2006 Statistics Canada Census, above at note 10.

[15] See the City of Toronto website for more details: http://www.toronto.ca/toronto_facts/diversity.htm.

[16] Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) is a project funded by the Government of Ontario, which provides plain language legal information on women’s rights under Ontario family law. This information is available in 11 languages: English, French, Arabic, Chinese (traditional), Chinese (simplified), Farsi, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Tamil and Urdu (see http://onefamilylaw.ca/en/home).

[17] See the Law Foundation of Ontario website: http://www.lawfoundation.on.ca/linguistic_rural_access.php.

[18] Family Responsibility Office (the “FRO”) is Ontario’s maintenance enforcement program (MEP) that administers and enforces child support payments and spousal support payments in the province.

[19] See the LCO Strategic Plan, above note 1 at p. 1-2.

[20] See the LCO website at http://www.lco-cdo.org/en/disabilities.html.

[21] For more information about Legal Aid Ontario family law services, see http://www.legalaid.on.ca/en/getting/Family.asp.

[22] See the LCO Strategic Plan, above note 1 at p. 1.

[23] For more information on the Division of Pensions Upon Marriage Breakdown project and to read the LCO final recommendations, see http://www.lco-cdo.org/en/documents/Currentprojects/prensions.html.

[24] Bill 133, An Act to amend various Acts in relation to certain family law matters and to repeal the Domestic Violence Protection Act, 2000, 1st Sess., 39th Leg., Ontario, 2008.

[25] Same as above.

[26] Alfred A. Mamo, Peter G. Jaffe, and Debbie G. Chiodo, Recapturing and Renewing the Vision of the Family Court, April 27, 2007 [Mamo Report].

[27] Honourable Coulter A. Osborne, Q.C., Civil Justice Reform Project: Summary of Findings and Recommendations, November 2007, available online: http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/about/pubs/cjrp.

[28] Law Commission of Canada, Beyond Conjugality: Recognizing and Supporting Close Personal Adult Relationships (Ottawa: 2001).

[29] Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO), Tapping the Community Voice: Looking at Family Law Self-Help through an Access to Justice Lens: Themes and Recommended Next Steps, September 5, 2008 [unpublished].

[30] For more information on the Fees for Cashing Government Cheques project and to consult the report, see http://www.lco-cdo.org/en/CCFreportsbackgrounder.html.

[31] Mamo Report, see above note 26, p. 9.

[32] Bill 133, above note 24.

[33] Ontario Law Reform Commission, Report on Family Property Law (Toronto: 1993).

[34] See definition of « net family property » under s. 4(1) of the Family Law Act, see above note 6.

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