In Tacan v Sioux Valley Dakota Nation ( 2021 CarswellNat 507) Adjudicator Palamar held that in Manitoba only lawyers can represent parties in Unjust Dismissal hearings. He found that to allow non lawyers to do so would amount to the unauthorized practice of law. This is so even though the booklet put out by the Ministry says that a party may be represented by an ” agent”.
Query : In Ontario, paralegals are a regulated profession under the jurisdiction of the Law Society of Ontario. Can a licensed paralegal represent a client in these proceedings? If anyone has the answer, please post it and provide the explanation.