Since 2007 the Access to Justice Act made the Law Society the regulatory body for Paralegals in Ontario. The Law Society is now the governing body for lawyers as well as Paralegals. This benefits the public as now Paralegals are required to comply with strict rules of conduct, fulfill continuing education requirements and carry Errors and Omissions insurance.

According to By-Law 4 Paralegals can now assist you with a wide range of matters:
• in Small Claims Court
• in the Ontario Court of Justice under the Provincial Offences Act
• on summary conviction offences where the maximum penalty does not exceed six months imprisonment
• before administrative boards and tribunals such as Landlord and Tenant, Immigration and Refugee Board, Human Rights Tribunal, Workers Safety and Insurance Board (WSIAB), etc.

Paralegals are not permitted to handle family law, real estate transactions or estates, drafting wills and criminal matters where the penalty exceeds six months in jail and/or a fine of more than $5,000.