Bill 161: Protect Ontario seniors' right to class action justice

Bill 161: Protect Ontario seniors' right to class action justice

Seniors in Ontario are suffering injustice every day. Bill 161 wants to make it harder for them to fight back.

COVID-19 has sparked numerous class action lawsuits against long-term care homes, with seniors fighting for justice on behalf of their loved ones abused and neglected in a broken system incapable of keeping them safe. Now, instead of helping them, the government of Ontario wants to pass a bill (Bill 161) that would make it harder for them to certify a class action, effectively threatening their fair right to the justice they deserve.

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Seniors in Ontario are suffering injustice every day. Bill 161 wants to make it harder for them to fight back.

COVID-19 has sparked numerous class action lawsuits against long-term care homes, with seniors fighting for justice on behalf of their loved ones abused and neglected in a broken system incapable of keeping them safe. Now, instead of helping them, the government of Ontario wants to pass a bill (Bill 161) that would make it harder for them to certify a class action, effectively threatening their fair right to the justice they deserve.

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CARP is calling on the Ontario government to protect the interests of Ontario seniors by withdrawing the proposed changes under Bill 161 that would limit access to class actions.

Bill 161, the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act 2020, is an omnibus justice reform bill that, among many other things, proposes major reforms to Ontario’s Class Proceedings Act. Some of these changes fundamentally alter the test for the certification of ...

CARP is calling on the Ontario government to protect the interests of Ontario seniors by withdrawing the proposed changes under Bill 161 that would limit access to class actions.

Bill 161, the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act 2020, is an omnibus justice reform bill that, among many other things, proposes major reforms to Ontario’s Class Proceedings Act. Some of these changes fundamentally alter the test for the certification of class proceedings in favour of defendants (including long-term care homes backed by powerful insurance companies and big banks). They would make it much harder for plaintiffs (often seniors) to certify a class action. As a result, plaintiffs would be left with fewer, costlier options, or would have to sue individually, which most would not be able to undertake on their own.

Bill 161 must not be allowed to pass with these proposed amendments. 

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Dear Doug Downey, Attorney General; Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care; Raymond Cho, Minister of Seniors and Accessibility & members of the Standing Committee on Justice Policy,

Ontario seniors deserve fair access to launch class action lawsuits against the long-term care homes and other entities that cause harm to them and their families.

I call on the Ontario government to protect the interests of Ontario seniors by withdrawing the proposed changes under Bill 161 that would limit access to class actions.