After months of research and talks with the Ministry of The Attorney General Bill 190, COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, 2020 went before the Legislative Assembly of Ontario receiving Royal Assent on May 12, 2020.
Among other Acts schedule 13 of this Bill made positive changes to the Notaries Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. N.6. One of these long-awaited changes for access to justice for all Ontarians includes changing the wording from “counsel’ to ‘persons licensed under the Law Society Act’.
This change means that paralegal’s will now be able to apply to be a Notary by virtue of office; if this pertains to their daily business. What this means is you can apply one time and hold that designation for as long as you are a paralegal.
The Regulation of the Notaries Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. N.6 is also currently in front of the Ontario’s Regulatory Registry, to change the Notary signing process to a virtual one. Comments are open to the public and are welcome. Please visit https://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=33588&language=en if you would like to comment.
It is anticipated that the application process to apply for the Notary designation will be open August 1, 2020. The Ontario Paralegal Association is pleased with these changes and will continue to work with the Attorney General and policy department to further access to justice.