Anti-SLAPP Legislation in Ontario

Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) are on the rise in Ontario. This trend was recognized by the Environment Commissioner of Ontario in his 2008-09 Annual Report and in concerns raised by various non-governmental organizations and municipalities across the province. It has also been acknowledged by the Ontario Government through an expert advisory panel that provided advice on how to design an effective anti-SLAPP law for the province (see the panel's October, 2010 report). Bill 52, the Protection of Public Participation Act, (introduced in December of 2014), once promulgated, will provide necessary protections against SLAPP lawsuits. Collected here are documents on this topic produced by CELA and our partners.

Media Releases and Blogs

CELA Applauds Government's Anti-SLAPP Bill
Groups Applaud Government's Anti-SLAPP Bill
A Brief on SLAPPs - Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP): Legislation Urgently Needed in Ontario
Spread the word on Anti-SLAPP Legislation
Environmental Groups Applaud Province’s Establishment of Expert Panel to Protect Citizens from Bullying Lawsuits
S.L.A.P.P.S and Democracy - after-work forum