Ontario to Consider Apology Law

After the provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, it appears that Ontario is interested in having an apology law.

Liberal David Orazietti has sponsored a bill (referred to the provincial legislature’s Standing Committee on Social Policy after 2nd reading) that would allow an individual or organization to apologize for an accident or wrongdoing without it being considered an admission of liability admissible in a civil proceeding.

Here are a few earlier posts about apology laws on the Library Boy blog:

  • Apology Acts – Saying ‘Sorry’ Without Incurring Liability (November 19, 2006): “The province of Saskatchewan will amend its Evidence Act to allow individuals and corporations to offer a sincere apology as part of their dispute resolution process without fear of legal liability… the provincial Justice Minister is quoted as saying: ‘Within legal parameters, I think individuals are very concerned about saying anything that might cause them some legal liabilities and we want to clarify that for people(…) We believe that this will allow matters of dispute between citizens to be resolved, in many cases without a lawsuit. Because sometimes it’s not the financial compensation, it’s the desire for restoration, for an apology, for an acknowledgment that somebody was hurt’.”
  • Analysis and Critique of Apology Laws (January 14, 2007): “Marlynn Wei of the Yale Law School has just published an article in the Journal of Health Law, 2007 entitled ‘Doctors, Apologies, and the Law: An Analysis and Critique of Apology Laws’ (available for download via the Social Science Research Network) …”
  • Pros and Cons of Apology Legislation (March 26, 2008): “The most recent edition of The Lawyers Weekly features the article ‘Saying sorry: Apology legislation makes it a lot easier’ by Ellen Desmond, past chair of the national section for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Canadian Bar Association, and sessional lecturer in dispute resolution at the University of New Brunswick’s faculty of law.”

Cross-posted to Library Boy.


  1. The Ontario bill is essentially the Uniform Apology Act, adopted by the Uniform Law Conference of Canada last year. The Uniform Act itself is here and the policy paper supporting it is here.

    The Ontario Bar Association supports enactment of the bill.

    Yukon and Nova Scotia have bills in their legislatures.