Up-to-date Sector Information

Law Society Tribunal: Sept 4 Update

  • September 04, 2020

The Law Society Tribunal of the Law Society of Ontario has issued an updated Notice to the Professions and the Public. All appearances before the Tribunal are being held remotely, either by teleconference (for proceeding management conferences), or by zoom (for pre-hearing conferences and hearings). The Tribunal will accept materials that are filed either electronically or in hard copy. Further, since O. Reg. 73/20 will be revoked as of September 14, 2020 (see O. Reg. 457/20 , time periods will start to run again as of that date.

MAG Notice Regarding Changes to Family Law Rules

  • August 31, 2020

The Ministry of the Attorney General has issued a Notice to the Profession regarding changes to the Family Law Rules with respect to court forms. The following changes will take effect on September 1, 2020

Ontario Launches COVID Alert App

  • July 31, 2020

The Ontario government announced today that the new COVID Alert app is available for download. The app, which is a part of the provincial government’s case and contact management strategy as regions enter into Stage 3 of reopening, lets users know if they may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.

Ontario Court of Justice - Update on Criminal Case Management Appearances?

  • July 29, 2020

One July 28, the OCJ issued a Notice to the Profession and the Public related to criminal case management. Given health and safety restrictions, in-person attendances for criminal court case management appearances cannot be accommodated at this time. On Monday August 10, 2020, a virtual criminal case management court pilot will be launched in Ottawa and Kitchener, in which criminal case management appearances will be conducted by videoconference or audioconference.

Ontario Establishes Independent Long Term Care COVID-19 Commission

  • July 29, 2020

On July 29, the Ontario government announced it has launched an independent commission into COVID-19 and long-term care. Three commissions will investigate the impact of COVID-19 within long-term care home and will provide the government with guidance on how to better protect residents and staff of long-term care homes from future outbreaks.

Announced Changes to Employment Standards

  • July 28, 2020

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development has announced that as of July 24, declared emergency leave is no longer available under the ESA. In addition, the “COVID-19 Period” will end as of September 4, 2020. For more information click here.

COVID-19 tracing app starts beta testing 

  • July 24, 2020

The Canadian Digital Service, which partners with federal departments to design, test and build services, is beta testing a federal mobile app intended to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by notifying Canadians of exposure. You can learn more or take part in the research here.