Report of Appointee’s Five-Year Review of Paralegal Regulation in Ontario

About paralegal regulation in Ontario

In 2006, the Law Society Act was amended by the Access to Justice Act, 2006, to provide for the regulation of paralegals. Under the Act, all paralegals practicing in Ontario must be licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Ontario became the first jurisdiction in North America to regulate paralegals on May 1, 2007.

Five-year progress reports

To help ensure that paralegal regulation has been implemented successfully, the Act required that two progress reviews be conducted after five years. The first report, conducted by the Law Society of Upper Canada, was delivered to the Attorney General on June 28, 2012.

The Act also required that a person who is neither a lawyer nor a paralegal be appointed to review the regulation of paralegals in Ontario and provide a report to the Attorney General. Mr. David Morris, a professional writer, communicator and strategist, was appointed to lead this review. Mr. Morris submitted his report on November 1, 2012.

Read the reports

Read the reports to the Attorney General of Ontario, pursuant to Section 63.1 of the Law Society Act, as prepared by: