How Can a Paralegal Help?

In Ontario, Paralegals can represent you in a variety of of different areas including:

  • Small Claims Court 
  • Provincial Offences such as traffic tickets 
  • Tribunals such as Human Rights, Landlord and Tenant, Workplace Safety Insurance, Social Benefits, Immigration & Refugee
  • Criminal charges e.g summary conviction charges, for more information contact your local paralegal for assistance using our Find a Paralegal function on this page
  • Accident Benefits Schedule claims 
  • Mediation

Click here to learn your legal rights, find a courthouse, find information about your case, who to call for advice, find a legal clinic and more. including your refugee rights.

Our Mission

The Ontario Paralegal Association is the largest professional association of licensed paralegals in Ontario. Our members work tirelessly in their careers to provide legal representation for Ontarians and improved access to justice. From sole proprietors to large-firm paralegals from Bay street to Main Street, our members strive to continuously keep updated and educated on issues facing Canadians to better serve their communities. Our monthly continuing professional development conferences keep our paralegals informed and current with issues facing the contemporary Canadian. Ontario paralegals work hard advocate for you and ensure high professional standards.

As the Ontario Paralegal Association, our mandate is:

To listen to the concerns and to represent the interests of its members throughout the Province of Ontario. 

To bring forth these concerns and to make representations and act as liaison to other professional associations, the Law Society of Upper Canada, all levels of government and such other bodies as may be appropriate to ensure that the interests and concerns of practicing paralegals throughout the Province are effectively heard.

To ensure that the public interest is advanced and served in all activities of this association.

To serve the legal profession and the people of Ontario is pursuit of excellence in the delivery of legal services.








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Seeking Volunteers


The O.P.A wouldn't be possible without volunteers, every board and committee member is a volunteer, and we are always looking to engage new talent!

We need volunteers for  Committees and Programs!

Use your unique talents and get involved with a committee today!
Committees include:  Equity, Events,  Marketing, Membership, Education and Regional Representation, Access to Justice and coming soon: Student committee.  More information can be found here.

Meetings are usually held virtually via Gotomeeting. You must be a current OPA member to volunteer.