News Archive


PREP Network Discount for Student Members
January 10th, 2019

​The Ontario Paralegal Association is pleased to announce our new partnership with PREP Network.

Strategic Plan
December 2nd, 2018

Under Construction

December Newsletter
December 1st, 2018

Click here to read the December edition of Today's Paralegal.

Letter, LTB Crisis
November 1st, 2018

Click here to get a copy of a letter which can be sent to your government officials regarding the crisis at the Landlord Tenant Board.

November Newsletter
November 1st, 2018

Click here to read the November edition of Today's Paralegal.

Governance Submissions
October 13th, 2018

The OPA was pleased to take part in the LSO Call for Comment on Governance. To read the submissions, click here.

CJA as Benefit Provider
September 27th, 2018

The OPA is pleased to announce Community Justice Alternatives of Durham Region as a new benefit provider.

Legal Line as Benefit Provider
September 26th, 2018

The OPA is pleased to announce Legal Line will now be offering members a 30% discount on advertising.

Justice and Mental Health
September 18th, 2018

October 17-19, 2018, The Westin Ottawa The 2018 Annual Conference offered by the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ).

Delays at LTB
September 13th, 2018

Expect delays when filing with the Landlord Tenant Board.

The Bencher From Amazon?
September 6th, 2018

Malcom Mercer, Law Society Treasurer wrote this interesting article last month.

Architects of Justice
September 4th, 2018

TAG’s Architects of Justice Podcast Sept 25, 2018
September 4th, 2018

Podcast from last October's panel discussion at the Law Society on the past ten years of paralegal regulation. Podcasts from other sessions will start on S

Increased Careless Driving Penalties
September 3rd, 2018

Effective September 1, 2018, Careless Driving will now include a "Causing bodily harm or death component"

September Newsletter
September 1st, 2018

Click here to read the September edition of Today's Paralegal.

Bill C-75 Submissions
September 1st, 2018

The OPA has submitted on Bill C-75 on behalf of Paralegals in Ontario. Should you wish to read these submissions, click here!

Toronto Transcripts
August 31st, 2018

Effective Monday, September 17th, 2018, the City of Toronto, Court Services division will require you pay for transcripts upfront.

Law Commission of Ontario
August 29th, 2018

A report on law and technology was released this week.

Law Society Decision
August 1st, 2018

A cautionary tale concerning how paralegals market and advertise their practice.

August Newsletter
July 31st, 2018

Click here to read the August 2018 Newsletter.

Expand Small Claims
July 17th, 2018

The Toronto Star has recently published an interesting article on expanding the Small Claims Court to allow for Access to Justice.

ParaLeGala
July 17th, 2018

Thank you to Fanshawe College for hosting the ParaLeGala and inviting the Ontario Paralegal Association to participate.

Letter from Mr. Mercer, Treasurer of LSO
July 10th, 2018

The OPA welcomes Mr. Mercer to the seat of Treasurer of the LSO and looks forward to a continued positive relationship.

Thanks from Mr. Schabas
July 5th, 2018

The OPA received a beautiful thank you from Mr. Paul Schabas, retiring Treasurer of the Law Society.

Online Power as new Benefit Provider
July 5th, 2018

We welcome Online Power to the OPA benefit provider roster.

York - Court Services Annual Report
July 3rd, 2018

Court Services Annual Report 2017

July 1, 2018 - Today's Paralegal
July 1st, 2018

To read the July edition of the Ontario Paralegal Association Newsletter, click here.

Rogers as Benefit Provider
July 1st, 2018

We welcome Rogers Communication as a new member benefit provider.

WetNWild as Benefit Provider
July 1st, 2018

We welcome WetNWild as a new benefit provider for our members.

William J. Simpson
June 23rd, 2018

We are sorry to report the namesake of the distinguished paralegal has passed away.

Paralegals as Officers of the Court
May 8th, 2018

Today was another monumental step forward for paralegals in Ontario as Bill 31 received Royal Assent officially declaring us to be Officers of the Court.

May 1, 2018 - Today's Paralegal
May 1st, 2018

Click here for recent updates to the Paralegal profession.

Media Release Regarding Possible Download of Part III Offences
April 20th, 2018

Below is the media release that was prepared with Randy Hillier regarding the possible download of Part 3 offences.

Access to Justice Week
April 17th, 2018

October 22 - 28, 2018

Applications for Extension of Time to Pay a Fine
April 16th, 2018

Re: s. 66(6) of the Provincial Offences Act

Celebrating Ten Years of Paralegal Regulation
April 12th, 2018

The Law Society is hosting a celebration of ten years of Paralegal regulation on May 1, 2018 starting at 4:30 pm.

OPA in London
April 8th, 2018

Thank you to CMS Legal for inviting the OPA to support a wonderful CPD event.

Law Society AGM - May 9, 2018
April 8th, 2018

Ontario Paralegals have put forward a Motion to be heard at the Law Society on May 9, 2018.

Officers of the Court
March 30th, 2018

The Provincial Government's 2018 Budget amends the Law Society Act and the Solicitors Act.

Fanshawe College Charity Gala - May 11, 2018
March 22nd, 2018

Fanshawe College in London is hosting their first gala in support of Vanier Children's Services. Stephen Parker, OPA's President has been invited to speak

Letter from Attorney General Yasir Naqvi
February 4th, 2018

Family Law Update

2018 LTB Rent Increase Guidelines
January 5th, 2018

Landlord and Tenant Board rent Increase guidelines for 2018

Ontario paralegals a step closer to offering family law services
January 3rd, 2018

The OPA's President Stephen Parker quoted during an interview with the Star Legal Affairs Reporter, Jacques Gallant

2018 Board Elections
December 19th, 2017

The Candidates for the 2017 Board Member Election are competing to secure a position on the OPA Board of Directors.

OPA Submissions - Contingency Review
September 29th, 2017

The OPA submissions on the Contingency Review focused primarily on paralegals working in Human Rights, WSIB, and Small Claims.

The OPA and Carswell Have an Exclusive Deal for OPA Members Only
July 8th, 2017

Since 1864, Carswell has been providing the information tools and resources professionals need to better serve their customers.

OPA Submissions - Family Law Review
June 25th, 2017

The OPA submissions on the Family Law Review thoroughly applies the findings of the Bonkalo Report to paralegals in Ontario.

Debate Heating Up Over Allowing Paralegals in Family Court
May 23rd, 2017

Should paralegals be allowed into family court?

Access to Justice Crisis: Let Paralegals Represent Ontarians in Family
May 23rd, 2017

The majority of the public cannot afford full representation by a lawyerfor more than (at most) a limited amount of time.

Judge’s Report Urges Ontario to Let Paralegals Appear in Family Court
March 21st, 2017

Annemarie Bonkalo is recommends that the Law Society create a specialized licensing program for paralegals to provide specific family legal services.

Crowdfunding to Preserve Your Right to Disclosure
March 15th, 2017

Let's preserve your right to

Paralegals Can Save Legal System From Overpriced Lawyers
March 15th, 2017

A new report by Annemarie Bonkalo, former chief justice of the Ontario court, says paralegals could be trained and licensed to handle family court matters.

Interview with President Stephen Parker on Paralegals in Family Law
March 14th, 2017

Mr. Parker spoke with CBC Radio in Ottawa with Eldon Horner

VIA Rail Discount for OPA Members
October 26th, 2016

We are happy to announce the creation of a partnership between the Ontario Paralegal Association and VIA Rail Canada Inc.

Your Member Assistance Program (MAP)
October 14th, 2016

The MAP is a confidential service designed to help members achieve their health and wellness goals.

A Thank-You from former Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur
June 21st, 2016

​Attorney General Madeleine Meilleur sent a thank you note to our President Stephen Parker for attending the third Justice Roundtable.

Everyday Legal Problems and the Cost of Justice in Canada
May 31st, 2016

Canadian Forum on Civil Justice

OPA's First President Honoured with the Distinguished Paralegal Award
May 30th, 2016

Congratulations to John Tzanis for receiving the 2016 William J. Simpson Distinguished Paralegal Award on May 25, 2016.

OPA Members Donate $695.00 to Paralegals for Prostate
May 30th, 2016

Roger Dinner lead an amazing fundraising team at our first ever Regional CPD in Kingston Ontario on May 18, 2016

Navigating the OPA Website
September 28th, 2015

Paula Stamp has been awarded the 2014 Distinguished Paralegal Award!
March 13th, 2015

​The P.S.O. is delighted to announce that long time P.S.O. member and supporter Paula Stamp has been awarded the 2014 Distinguished Paralegal Award!

OPA Launching Multilingual Paralegal Directory
March 3rd, 2015

The OPA Communication/Marketing Committee intends to generate a directory of paralegals that offer services in languages other than English.

Regional Representation Becoming A Reality
February 13th, 2015

The Board of Directors of the Ontario Paralegal Association has struck a Regional Representation Committee.

Professional Liability and Group Benefits Available Through The OPA
February 13th, 2015

When purchasing insurance under the Paralegal Professional Package be sure to identify yourself as a member of the OPA.

OPA Holiday Gala honours John Tzanis with Lifetime Achievement Award
December 13th, 2014

The 2014 OPA Holiday Gala took place on December 12th at the Novotel North York Hotel.

Inaugural Annual General Meeting November 22nd, 2014
December 6th, 2014

The inaugural Annual General Meeting of the now amalgamated Ontario Paralegal Association took place at the Holiday Inn, Yorkdale in Toronto on November 22

Committees - Looking for Great Volunteers
December 6th, 2014

The Board of Directors of the Ontario Paralegal Association is seeking volunteers for the committees listed below.

Congratulations to Robert Burd- OPA Lifetime Achievement Award
October 2nd, 2014

Paralegal Cup - Hosted by the Paralegal Society of Ontario
February 21st, 2014

Memorandum of Understanding signed by L.P.A. and P.S.O. Presidents
October 22nd, 2013

The Licensed Paralegals Association and the Paralegal Society of Ontario signed a "memorandum of understanding" to immediately commence the process.

PSO and LPA members Marian Lippa and Robert Burd get elected to the PS
October 22nd, 2013

Congratulations to Cathy Corsetti

The Road to Amalgamation- Approval of resolution!
July 13th, 2013

On July 27, 2013, the members of the Paralegal Society of Ontario unanimously approved a resolution.

2013 Distinguished Paralegal Award - Elaine F. Page
March 15th, 2013

The Law Society Distinguished Paralegal Award was created in 2011 and recognizes a paralegal who has demonstrated one or more of the following attributes

Report of Five-Year Review of Paralegal Regulation
March 15th, 2013

After the initial five year review of paralegal regulation as mandated by the Law Society Act