Adding a Party to Ontario Child Protection Cases

An issue that often seems to arise in Ontario child protection cases is whether the Court should add a party to the dispute. Parties tend to be family members, often grandparents, or close family friends. The Court has discretion to add a party and the test is as follows:

  • Whether the addition is in the child’s best interest;
  • Whether the addition will delay or prolong the proceeding unduly;
  • Whether the addition is necessary to determine the issue;
  • Whether the additional party is capable of putting forward a plan that is in the child’s best interests.

See Valoris v. Jina Ramlall & Christopher Lanston, 2015 ONCSC 207 (CanLII), for further information.