Law Commission of Ontario Reports on First Stage of Project On the Law and Older Persons

    TORONTO, Jan. 23 /CNW/ - The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) today
released the results of its public consultation into the law as it affects
older persons. This completes the first stage of a multi-stage project that is
expected to result in the development of a new approach to this area of the
    The LCO began the project last spring by seeking public input on what
issues should be examined in this area and on the principles to shape its
research. The LCO received written submissions from 21 organizations and
experts, and conducted interviews with six others.
    "Public consultation is essential to the LCO's work," said Executive
Director Dr. Patricia Hughes. "The input that we have received has had a
significant impact on the way in which this project will proceed."
    Hughes noted that with the aging of Canada's population comes both
opportunities and challenges. "It will be increasingly important to have a
clear understanding of the needs, circumstances and experiences of older
persons, and to have appropriate and effective policy frameworks in place,"
she said.
    Based on the results of this consultation and the LCO's independent
research, the LCO has adopted five preliminary principles that may guide this
area of law: independence (autonomy), participation, security, dignity and
respect for the diversity of older adults. The LCO will consider these
principles through research and analysis on the following five questions:

    1. What would an anti-ageist approach to the law look like?
    2. When is it appropriate or effective to use age as a legal category?
    3. What principles and approaches best promote access to the law for
       older adults?
    4. How can the law appropriately recognize and support the relationships
       of older adults?
    5. How can a principled framework for the law as it affects older adults
       be applied to the unique circumstances of institutional living?

    The LCO will be conducting intensive research on these topics over the
next several months, and is now completing the process of selecting experts to
carry out research on selected topics. An interim report will be prepared as
the basis for further public consultation in the fall of this year, with a
final report expected in the second half of 2010. Launched in September 2007,
the LCO, which is housed at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University,
operates independently of government to recommend law reforms to enhance
access to justice.

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For further information:

For further information: Lauren Bates, Staff Lawyer, Law Commission of
Ontario, (416) 650-8406,

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