Is There an Act for That? Legislation for Paralegals


Hundreds of pieces of legislation and associated regulations affect the Paralegal Scope of Practice. Here are links to pieces of legislation and regulations that paralegals are likely to encounter.

This list is by no means complete. Additions are welcome. If you notice any omissions, dead links, or outdated information, please send an email:




Absconding Debtors Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. A.2

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, S.O. 2005, c. 11

Adjudicative Tribunals Accountability, Governance and Appointments Act, S.O. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 5

Administration of Justice Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. A.6



Alcohol and Gaming Regulation and Public Protection Act, S.O. 1996, c. 26

Apology Act, S.O. 2009, c. 3


Apportionment Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. A.23

Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), S.O. 2000, c. 3


Photo: JFFM

Photo: JFFM

Assessment Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. A.31

Assessment Review Board Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. A.32

Assignments and Preferences Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. A.33



Photo: Raw Distortion

Photo: Raw Distortion

Bailiffs Act, RSO 1990, c B.2

Bills of Exchange Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. B-4

Building Code Act, S.O. 1992, CHAPTER 23



Canada Evidence Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. C-5

Civil Remedies Act, 2001, SO 2001, c. 28

Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act, R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER C.25

Condominium Act, 1998, S.O. 1998, CHAPTER 19


Construction Lien Act, R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER C.30

Consumer Protection Act, S.O. 2002, c. 30, Sched. A

Consumer Reporting Act, RSO 1990, c.33

Contraventions Act S.C. 1992, c. 47

Co-operative Corporations Act, R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER C.35

Courts of Justice Act, R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER C.43

Creditors’ Relief Act, S.O. 2010, CHAPTER 16 Schedule 4

Crown Witnesses Act, R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER C.52


Off to the Dog House

Off to the Dog House


Discriminatory Business Practices Act, RSO 1990, c D.12

Dog Owners’ Liability Act, RSO 1990, c D.16


Electricity Act, S.O. 1998, c. 15, Sched. A

Employment Standards Act, S.O. 2000, c. 41 – e-Laws

Endangered Species Act, SO 2007, c 6

Enforcement of Judgments Conventions Act, S.O. 1999, CHAPTER 12 Schedule C


Environmental Assessment Act, R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER E.18

Environmental Protection Act, RSO 1990, c E.19

Environmental Review Tribunal Act, S.O. 2000, CHAPTER 26 Schedule F

Escheats Act, R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER E.20

Evidence Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. E.23

Execution Act, R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER E.24



Family Law Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. F.3

Fire Protection and Prevention Act, S.O. 1997, c. 4

Food Safety and Quality Act, SO 2001, c 20

Fraudulent Conveyances Act, RSO 1990, c F.29

Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, SO 2002, c 33





Human Rights Code, R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19

Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario


Insurance Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. I.8

Interpretation Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. I-21




Judicial Review Procedure Act, R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER J.1



Law Society Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. L.8

    Law Society by-laws, Rules of Professional Conduct, and Paralegal Rules of Conduct are based on the Law Society Act and made by LSUC benchers. They set out the professional and ethical obligations of lawyers and paralegals, and how they are regulated. Lawyers and paralegals who fail to meet these standards are subject to the Law Society complaints and regulatory processes.

    Related Statutes include:


Limitations Act, 2002, S.O. 2002, c. 24, Sch. B

Legislation Act, 2006, SO 2006, c 21, Sch F


Motor Vehicle Dealers Act, 2002, SO 2002, c 30, Sch B


Negligence Act, R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER N.1


Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. O.1

Ontario Water Resources Act, RSO 1990, c O.40



Parental Responsibility Act, 2000, S.O. 2000, c. 4 – e-Laws

Payday Loans Act, SO 2008, c 9

Police Services Act, R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER P.15

Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005, SO 2005, c 34


Provincial Offences Act, R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER P.33

    The Ontario Court of Justice hears virtually all provincial offence matters as well as offences against municipal by-laws. Examples include:
    • Highway Traffic Act charges such as speeding or traffic violations;
    • Municipal by-law charges relating to excessive noise, animal control, or garbage disposal; and
    • Charges laid under provincial legislation such as the Environmental Protection Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Dog Owners’ Liability Act or the Trespass to Property Act.
    Under a Memorandum of Understanding, municipalities administer courts where most provincial offence cases are tried, and prosecute many of these cases on behalf of the Ministry of the Attorney General.

    Links to Regulations made under various sections of the POA:


Photo: Niklas Bildhauer

Photo: Niklas Bildhauer

Repair and Storage Liens Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. R.25

Residential Tenancies Act, S.O. 2006, c. 17

Retirement Homes Act, 2010, SO 2010, c 11

Rules of Civil Procedure, R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 194


Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002, SO 2002, c 32

Solicitors Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. S.15





  1. Heather MacDonald · ·

    Although it is true that law practitioners will focus on certain areas of law in their practice, and therefore don’t know or need to know every piece of legislation, it is quite illuminating to see this list! And it gives pause, for sure. I’d like to know, however, WHO made the statement that an ‘effective’ paralegal should ‘know’ 100 Acts. In fact, more than one of my profs (all lawyers) insist that, as the law is always changing, it is enough to know that these Acts exist and where to find them when you need them. Knowing ‘of’ them, I think, is therefore more to the point.

    Thank you for your very interesting articles.

  2. I don’t think it is right to say that a ‘successful’ paralegal should be able to provide competent assistance across the scope of practice. Sorry but this is just NOT TRUE. The truth is ‘you do what you are good at and get good at what you do.’ More likely most successful paralegals specialize … opps … I mean focus on one area of law and get good at that.

  3. Tracey Gauley · ·

    Appreciate this article very much.

  4. andrewhylandvls · ·

    I would also add to that list the Parental Responsibility Act, 2000, S.O. 2000 C.4.

    1. Thanks for this, Andrew. Parental Responsibility is now in the list, along with a few other additions. Keep them coming!

  5. Virginia Selemidis · ·

    This is great. Thank you for this.

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