Submissions 2023


Law Society of Ontario

Supporting Continuation of the Certified Specialist Program and Ongoing LSO Oversight

  • August 30, 2023

The CSP is an important and reliable indication to members of the public that verifies a lawyer’s expertise. It promotes access to justice and is important in promoting EDI. The CSP should be expanded to other areas, and remain under the supervision of the LSO.

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Provincial Government

OBA Submission re: Consumer Protections Related to New Home Purchase Agreements and Price Escalations

  • August 11, 2023

The OBA provides guidance and comments to the government on proposals to address price escalations and to improve consumer protections in new home purchase agreements post-sale. The submission speaks to proposals that include potential caps to price increases, adding a cooling-off period, permitting class actions, and mandatory legal review of purchase and sale agreements.

Business Law, Construction and Infrastructure Law, Real Property Law

Input into the Proposed Approach for Regulations under the Building Ontario Businesses Initiative Act, 2022

  • August 03, 2023

The OBA provides guidance and comments to the government on the proposed approach to be taken for requiring public-sector entities to give preference to Ontario businesses in the procurement of goods and services under specified threshold amounts.

Business Law, Charity and Not-For-Profit Law, Construction and Infrastructure Law and 2 more..., Health Law, International Law

Administrative Monetary Penalties for Administrative Breaches of the Personal Health Information Protection Act: Proposed Amendments to Ontario Regulation 329/04

  • July 25, 2023

While the OBA supports of the objective of enhancing and encouraging compliance with PHIPA, the penalties proposed in the Regulation are excessive to the point of being punitive. The high amounts result in unintended negative consequences for patients impeding timely patient care. Procedural fairness protections are needed for those facing penalties.

Health Law, Privacy Law


Rule for the Disclosure of Partial Settlements

  • June 30, 2023

The OBA supports an amendment to the Rules of Civil Procedure, which provides for a Rule to address the disclosure of partial settlements.

Civil Litigation, Class Actions, Construction and Infrastructure Law and 3 more..., Health Law, Insurance Law, Labour and Employment Law