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.

Title:Bill 52 - Protection of Public Participation Act

Submission to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy

Resource Type:Report, Response to Consultation
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:18
Date authored:October 1, 2015
Publication number:1035
Author/s:Ramani Nadarajah
Author Organization:Canadian Environmental Law Association

Dec 01 2014

CELA Applauds Government's Anti-SLAPP Bill
Title:Joint Statement On Bill 83 TO All MPPs

Joint Statement on Bill 83, Protection of Public Participation Act, 2013

Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:2
Date authored:March 7, 2014
Author/s:Theresa McClenaghan, Pierre Sadik, Doris Grinspun, Tim Gray, Jack Gibbons, Caroline, Schultz, Cara Faith Zwibel, Tom Henheffer, Dan McDermott, Mark Calzavara, Janet Sumner, Faisal Moola
Author Organization:CELA, EcoJustice, Registered Nurses' of Ontario, Environmental Defence, Ontario Clean Air Alliance, Ontario Nature, Canadian Civil Liberties Assoc., Canadian Journalists For Free Expression, Sierra Club Ontario, Council of Canadians, CPAWS Wildlands League, David Suzuki Foundation
Title:Breaking the silence: the urgent need for anti-SLAPP legislation in Ontario
Resource Type:Report
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:44
Date authored:November 30, 2010
Publication number:767
Author/s:Ramani Nadarajah and Hugh Wilkins
Author Organization:CELA and Ecojustice
Title:Re: Urgent Need for Anti-SLAPP legislation in Ontario [to Attorney General Bentley]
Resource Type:Letter
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:4
Date authored:November 20, 2008
Publication number:703
Author/s:Theresa McClenaghan and Anastasia M. Lintner
Author Organization:CELA and Ecojustice
Title:Re: The Need for Anti-SLAPP Legislation in Ontario [to Jim Watson]
Resource Type:Letter
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:2
Date authored:October 7, 2009
Publication number:702
Author/s:Ramani Nadarajah and Hugh Wilkins
Author Organization:CELA and Ecojustice
Title:Re: Strategic Law Suits against Public Participation (SLAPP) [to Brent McCurdy]
Resource Type:Letter
Content:Download PDF file
# of Pages:7
Date authored:July 8, 2009
Publication number:701
Author/s:Ramani Nadarajah, Hugh Wilkins, and Rick Smith
Author Organization:CELA, Ecojustice, and Environmental Defence

May 25 2009

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