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"Electronic Commerce Act, 2000"

Nov 23, 2000 | Article 

Written by Natalie Vukovich and Joseph Grignano
(Lexpert Seminar - Fundamentals of Commercial Leasing & The Annual Commercial Leasing Institute)

The Electronic Commerce Act, 2000, S.O. 200, c. 17 (the "Act"), came into force in Ontario on October 16, 2000.

The Act was passed in an effort to remove barriers to electronic commerce. However, the Act is not limited in scope to "commerce" but rather, applies to almost any legal relationship that requires paper documentation. The driving principle of the Act is that documents and communications should not be denied legal effect or enforceability simply because they are in electronic form. In essence, the Act gives electronic contracts the same legal status as their paper counterparts.

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