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Thursday, February 26, 2015 @ 7:00 PM | By David Dickey and Joe Hoffer

Ontario’s Electronic Commerce Act allows for signing a range of commercial transactions using electronic means such as digital signatures. However, in what’s known as the “land transfer exception,” the ECA does not authorize the use of electronic signatures for “documents, including agreements of purchase and sale, that create or transfer interests in land and require registration to be effective against third parties.”

Real estate agreements are often signed in counterpart, and partially signed agreements are faxed or e-mailed for acceptance by another party. While digital execution...