COVID-19 Action Plan: Protecting and Supporting Ontario Lawyers

  • March 13, 2020

Over the last several weeks we have been closely monitoring the evolving situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and we have developed a 5 pillar plan that prioritizes the health and safety of OBA members, clients and staff while we continue to help lawyers help their clients. These pillars include:

  1. Services for lawyers - developing a suite of tools and services to assist lawyers in serving clients in this climate
  2. Online CPD training and event protocols
  3. Good neighbour initiatives to assist justice-sector partners
  4. Enhanced conference centre health and safety protocols
  5. Staff protection protocols

We are in the process of outlining a suite of services to support Ontario lawyers and our partners.

For example, we will make our remote meeting and learning capacity available to our member firms and partners.

We have extensive distance learning infrastructure already used by thousands of clients each year. Until more is known, we will provide lawyers and our partners with professional development that is entirely remote - neither speakers nor participants need to gather in person. This will provide a seamless CPD experience for registrants

We are closely following Health Canada’s recommendations on enhanced cleaning and distancing protocols and employing them in the maintenance and set up of our conference centre. We will continue to follow the most current information and recommendations in order to provide the services our members expect in a safe and responsible way.

The OBA is committed to serving the whole lawyer from desk to doorstop, if we can be of any assistance to you or your firm during this public health pandemic please contact our COVID-19 support team at: 1-800-668-8900 ext. 505 or email

As we get more updates we will be posting those in our COVID-19 Action Centre.