On August 27, 2019, Attorney General of Ontario Douglas Downie invited a small group of 23 representative stakeholders to discuss the potential for introducing amendments to the Class Proceedings Act, 1992, S.O. 1992, c. 6. One of the invitees was Jeremy Martin, of the Cassels Brock Class Actions Group.
The discussion was held in-camera and involved a respectful but passionate debate between members of the plaintiff and defence bar. The Class Proceedings Act has not been substantively amended since its introduction in 1992, and modernization of the statute has the potential to revolutionize class actions and bet-the-company litigation not only in Ontario, but across Canada.