The Canadian Principle of Unjust Enrichment: Comparative Insights into the Law of Restitution


  • Mitchell McInnes



In this article, the author explores the principle of unjust enrichment as formulated by courts of common law jurisdictions in Canada. He analyzes and assesses that principle in light of comparable principles applied in England, Australia and Quebec. He argues that while sound in many respects, the Canadian principle of unjust enrichment often is characterized by a relative lack of analytical rigour. He concludes by suggesting that Canadian courts might profitably consider the approaches adopted in other jurisdictions.