Anti-SLAPP Legislation in Ontario
The increasing trend of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) 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. The Ontario Government also recognized the problem 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). The Protection of Public Participation Act, introduced in December of 2014 became law in November of 2015 and provides necessary protections against SLAPP lawsuits. Collected here are documents on this topic produced by CELA and our partners.