Ontario’s Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services has the right to participate in family law proceedings to protect the ministry’s financial interest in support arrears assigned by persons receiving (or who have received) social assistance, including under the Ontario Disability Support Program Act, 1997 and the Family Benefits Act.
The Family Law Act, the Divorce Act and the Family Law Rules provide the Ministry with the right to participate in these proceedings. The Ministry of the Attorney General is seeking applications from qualified lawyers to join the provincewide panel of lawyers providing legal services on behalf of the Ministry. Each year, MCCSS counsel and the panel of lawyers appear in courts across the province in response to Motions to Change and in related proceedings with respect to assignments made by support recipients.
Panel counsel are required to serve and file the ministry’s responding materials, act as the ministry’s agent in court including first appearances, case/settlement/trial management conferences, and hearings, draft conference materials, facta, draft orders, and provide reporting letters to instructing counsel in a timely manner.
In retaining services, the ministry will pay $96.95 per hour plus disbursements.
Successful candidates must demonstrate skills and experience in family law and litigation and participate in educational seminars.
How to apply
To get an application form and for more information please email MCCSSLegalDocuments@ontario.ca or call 416-327-4900.
Deadline for applications: June 11, 2021