Starting January 1, 2011, the Law Society of Upper Canada introduced new requirements in relation to Continuing Professional Development (CPD). These requirements expect lawyers called to the Ontario Bar to complete a mandatory number of hours of CPD with a particular percentage of hours dedicated to ethics, professionalism and/or practice management.
All lawyers must complete, in each calendar year, at least 12 CPD Hours of eligible educational activities consisting of a minimum of:
- Three (3) Professionalism Hours per year. Professionalism topics are related to professional responsibility, ethics and/or practice management, and must be accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
- Nine (9) Substantive Hours per year. Substantive Hours may address substantive or procedural law topics and/or related skills. Non-legal subjects may also be eligible towards Substantive Hours if they are relevant to the lawyer's practice and professional development.
Lawyers in their first two (2) full years of practising law may only apply any program or activity that contains a minimum of 0.5. Professionalism Hours
toward the annual CPD requirement. To receive credit, CPD activities must be reported annually via the online member portal
by December 31.
For further information, please visit The Law Society of Upper Canada's website
The Barreau du Québec requires lawyers to complete a minimum of 30 hours of mandatory Continuing Legal Education (CLE) in accredited educational activities every two (2) years. The current reporting period is from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2013. Training content must be related to the legal practice and approved by the Comité. Such content will continuously be updated on the Registre des activités de formation reconnues du Barreau du Québec.
Lawyers must self-report CLE activities annually on the online member portal by March 31. Certificates of attendance should be kept in a Lawyer's personal files at least two (2) years after filing the prescribed form to the Barreau du Québec.
For further information, please visit the Barreau du Québec's website
The Law Society of British Columbia requires that, each calendar year, all practising BC lawyers complete at least 12 hours of CPD accredited educational activities. At least two (2) of the 12 hours must pertain to any combination of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, or practice management.
To receive credit, CPD activities must be reported annually via the online member portal
by December 31.
For further information, please visit The Law Society of British Columbia's website
A lawyer's annual CPD Plan declaration is due starting January 1 of each year and must be made on or before March 15 of that year. Unlike other jurisdictions, the Law Society of Alberta's CPD program does not have a mandatory minimum number of accredited hours to be counted towards CPD, however, the annual planning, declaration and implementation of a CPD plan is mandatory for all active lawyers practising in Alberta.
The Law Society of Alberta does not accredit courses offered by CLE providers, nor assign hours to a course. It is the responsibility of each lawyer to determine whether a CPD course or learning activity meets the requirements of Rule 67.1 and therefore qualifies as continuing professional development.
For further information visit The Law Society of Alberta's website
How to get credits by attending our live seminars*
Certificates of Attendance will be provided to attendees of our LIVE Seminars. Those who attend either in person or via teleconference are eligible to receive a certificate.
All seminars are eligible for substantive credit. See below for provincial requirements on how to track your Substantive credits.
How to get credits using Seminars ON DEMAND
Earn CPD credit by viewing our library of Seminars ON DEMAND, even if you were unable to attend in person.
Law Society of Upper Canada
Archived seminars may be viewed without a colleague for up to six (6) hours of Professionalism or Substantive CPD credit. Seminars viewed above and beyond the initial six (6) hours must be viewed by at least two colleagues.
Law Society of British Columbia
Archived seminars must be viewed with at least two colleagues in order to be considered eligible for LSBC Substantive CPD credit.
Please keep supporting documentation as confirmation of your participation.
** The Law Society of British Columbia only provides certificates for Professionalism accredited sessions to attendees of live seminars, either in-person or via teleconference.
Barreau du Québec
The firm does not provide certificates for these seminars to obtain credits from the Barreau du Québec. Certificates for seminars approved by the Barreau du Québec will be handed out only to participants who have taken part in a live seminar.
Law Society of Alberta
It is the responsibility of each lawyer to determine whether a CPD course or learning activity meets the requirements of Rule 67.1 and therefore qualifies as continuing professional development.