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Alternative Business Structures

Call for comment on draft regulatory framework for civil society organizations

 Latest Update – October 2018

The Law Society launched a call for comment on October 25, 2018, about a draft regulatory framework that would permit lawyers and paralegals to provide legal services through registered, civil society organizations (CSOs), such as charities and not-for-profit organizations — to the clients of those organizations.

Presented by the Law Society’s Alternative Business Structures Working Group, the framework is designed as a way of facilitating access to justice for Ontarians – particularly individuals who may have legal issues, but who have traditionally faced barriers to receiving legal advice from a lawyer or paralegal.
The framework was developed following Convocation’s approval in principle of this policy in September 2017. Comments may be submitted via email or mail (see below) until January 18, 2019.
Full details on the proposed framework are available in the Alternative Business Structures Working Group’s October 2018 report.

Submissions will be provided to the Alternative Business Structures Working Group, may be provided to Professional Regulation Committee and to Convocation and may be reproduced, and/or made publicly available by the Law Society, with attribution. The Law Society reserves the right to redact submissions at its discretion, for reasons including the protection of confidentiality, copyright, and brevity.
Please send your written input by email to:

Mr. Juda Strawczynski,  Strategic Policy Counsel, at

Written submissions may also be sent via mail to:
Alternative Business Structures Working Group
Law Society of Ontario
130 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N6