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FOLA Submission on the Libel and Slander Act

May 15, 2023 Modified: January 6, 2024

In Ontario, the law of defamation is a complex mix of common law rules and statutory provisions. Ontario’s Libel and Slander Act has not been updated to reflect the technological changes of the 21st century, and as a result, the law of defamation in Ontario may not address or reflect the complexities and challenges that technological advances have presented. 

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) has recently released its final report entitled Defamation Law in the Internet Age, which you can find online here. MAG sought input on recommendations from the LCO’s report over the summer of 2020.