Plain language

The Office of Parliamentary Counsel actively encourages the use of plain language in legislation and is a leader in developing and using plain language techniques. We are also committed to reducing unnecessary complexity in legislation.

 This Guide looks at the causes of complexity in legislation and sets out ways in which those causes can be addressed and legislation made less complex.
 The Office of Parliamentary Counsel is active in encouraging the use of plain language in legislation and in developing and using plain language techniques. In addition to OPC’s participation in major plain language projects such as the Tax Law Improvement Project and the Corporate Law Economic Reform Program, we have incorporated plain language drafting into all of our work. This Manual outlines some of the techniques we use.