Fair Registration Practices Report - Lawyers 2015

The answers seen below were submitted to the OFC by the regulated professions.

This Fair Registration Practices Report was produced as required by:

  • the Fair Access to Regulated Professions and Compulsory Trades Act (FARPACTA) s. 20 and 23(1), for regulated professions named in Schedule 1 of FARPACTA
  • the Health Professions Procedural Code set out in Schedule 2 of the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA)
    s. 22.7 (1) and 22.9(1), for health colleges. 

Index

  1. Qualitative Information
  2. Quantitative Information

1. Qualitative Information

a) Requirements for registration, including acceptable alternatives

i. Describe any improvements / changes implemented in the last year.

No changes this year

ii. Describe the impact of the improvements / changes on applicants.

No changes this year

iii. Describe the impact of the improvements / changes on your organization.

No changes this year

b) Assessment of qualifications

i. Describe any improvements / changes implemented in the last year.

No changes this year

ii. Describe the impact of the improvements / changes on applicants.

No changes this year

iii. Describe the impact of the improvements / changes on your organization.

No changes this year

c) Provision of timely decisions, responses, and reasons

i. Describe any improvements / changes implemented in the last year.

No changes this year

ii. Describe the impact of the improvements / changes on applicants.

No changes this year

iii. Describe the impact of the improvements / changes on your organization.

No changes this year

d) Fees

i. Describe any improvements / changes implemented in the last year.

No changes this year

ii. Describe the impact of the improvements / changes on applicants.

No changes this year

iii. Describe the impact of the improvements / changes on your organization.

No changes this year

e) Timelines

i. Describe any improvements / changes implemented in the last year.

No changes this year

ii. Describe the impact of the improvements / changes on applicants.

No changes this year

iii. Describe the impact of the improvements / changes on your organization.

No changes this year

f) Policies, procedures and/or processes, including by-laws

i. Describe any improvements / changes implemented in the last year.

No changes this year

ii. Describe the impact of the improvements / changes on applicants.

No changes this year

iii. Describe the impact of the improvements / changes on your organization.

No changes this year

g) Resources for applicantsi. Describe any improvements / changes implemented in the last year.

No changes this year

ii. Describe the impact of the improvements / changes on applicants.

No changes this year

iii. Describe the impact of the improvements / changes on your organization.

No changes this year

h) Review or appeal processes

i. Describe any improvements / changes implemented in the last year.

No changes this year

ii. Describe the impact of the improvements / changes on applicants.

No changes this year

iii. Describe the impact of the improvements / changes on your organization.

No changes this year

i) Access to applicant records

i. Describe any improvements / changes implemented in the last year.

No changes this year

ii. Describe the impact of the improvements / changes on applicants.

No changes this year

iii. Describe the impact of the improvements / changes on your organization.

No changes this year

j) Training and resources for registration staff, Council, and committee members

i. Describe any improvements / changes implemented in the last year.

Law Society staff attended a number of relevant conferences, training events and regulatory industry events, including but not limited to the OFC Learning Day, ORAC Managing Cultural Differences Workshop, CNAR Annual Conference, CAMH training on accommodations in testing, and St. Stephen's Conflict Resolution Training. 

ii. Describe the impact of the improvements / changes on applicants.

Staff remain apprised of best practices in registration, licensure and accommodation and apply these principles to their handling of candidate applications. 

iii. Describe the impact of the improvements / changes on your organization.

Staff remain apprised of best practices in registration, licensure and accommodation and apply these principles to their handling of candidate applications. 

k) Mutual recognition agreements

i. Describe any improvements / changes implemented in the last year.

No changes this year

ii. Describe the impact of the improvements / changes on applicants.

No changes this year

iii. Describe the impact of the improvements / changes on your organization.

No changes this year

l) Other (include as many items as applicable)

i. Describe any improvements / changes implemented in the last year.

No changes this year

ii. Describe the impact of the improvements / changes on applicants.

No changes this year

iii. Describe the impact of the improvements / changes on your organization.

No changes this year

iv. Describe any registration-related improvements/changes to your enabling legislation and/or regulations in the last year

No changes this year

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2. Quantitative Information

a) Languages

Indicate the languages in which application information materials were available in the reporting year.

Language Yes/No
English Yes
French Yes
Other (please specify)  

Additional comments:

b) Gender of applicants 

Indicate the number of applicants in each category as applicable.

Gender Number of Applicants
Male  1154
Female  1182
None of the above 0

Additional comments:

c) Gender of members 

Indicate the number of members in each category as applicable. Select the option that best corresponds to the terminology used by your organization.

Gender Number of Members
Male 32299
Female 22274
None of the above 0

Additional comments: 

d) Jurisdiction where applicants obtained their initial education 

Indicate the number of applicants by the jurisdiction where they obtained their initial education1 in the profession or trade.

Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown Total
1449 297 96 U.K. 289
Australia 59
India 54
Nigeria 15
Pakistan 11
Iran 6
Sri Lanka 6
Israel 5
Venezuela 4
Jamaica 4
Ireland 3
S. Africa 3
China 3
Bangladesh 2
Barbados 2
Cameroon 2
France 2
Hong Kong 2
Kenya 2
Philippines 2
Russia 2
United States Minor Outlying Islands 2
Belarus 1
Brazil 1
Colombia 1
Denmark 1
Greece 1
Italy 1
Jordan 1
Kazakhstan 1
Mexico 1
Netherlands 1
Sudan 1
Trinidad 1
Zimbabwe 1
Albania 1
Total 494
 
0 2336 

1 Recognizing that applicants may receive their education in multiple jurisdictions, for the purpose of this question, include only the jurisdiction in which an entry-level degree, diploma or other certification required to practice the profession or trade was obtained.

Additional comments:

e) Jurisdiction where applicants who became registered members obtained their initial education 

Indicate the number of applicants who became registered members in the reporting year by the jurisdiction where they obtained their initial education1 in the profession or trade.

Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown Total
1331 270 106 U.K. 189
Australia 89
India 32
Nigeria 14
Ireland 14
Philippines 6
Pakistan 6
Barbados 5
Hong Kong 4
New Zealand 4
Cayman Islands 3
China 3
Fiji 1
Ghana 1
Italy 1
Kenya 1
Malaysia 1
Mexico 1
S. Africa 1
Sri Lanka 3
Trinidad 1
Uganda 1
Ukraine 1
Venezuela 1
Zimbabwe 1
Bangladesh 2
Total 386
 
0 2093 

1 Recognizing that applicants may receive their education in multiple jurisdictions, for the purpose of this question, include only the jurisdiction in which an entry-level degree, diploma or other certification required to practice the profession or trade was obtained.

Additional comments:

f) Jurisdiction where members were initially trained 

Indicate the total number of registered members by jurisdiction where they obtained their initial education1 in the profession or trade.

Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown Total
43098 8073 0 Other 3071 331 54573 

1 Recognizing that applicants may receive their education in multiple jurisdictions, for the purpose of this question, include only the jurisdiction in which an entry-level degree, diploma or other certification required to practice the profession or trade was obtained.

Additional comments:

The Law Society's Membership database does not track country of training outside of Canada. Therefore, the number of lawyer licensees trained in the USA is not known and is included in the 'Other International' figure above.

g) Applications processed

Indicate the number of applications your organization processed in the reporting year:

Jurisdiction where applicants were initially trained in the profession (before they were granted use of the protected title or professional designation in Ontario)
from January 1st to December 31st of the reporting year  Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown Total
New applications received 1449 297 96 494 0 2336
Applicants actively pursuing licensing (applicants who had some contact with your organization in the reporting year) 1705 394 153 978 0 3230
Inactive applicants (applicants who had no contact with your organization in the reporting year) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Applicants who met all requirements and were authorized to become members but did not become members 0 0 0 0 0 0
Applicants who became FULLY registered members 1331 270 106 106 386 2199
Applicants who were authorized to receive an alternative class of licence3 but were not issued a licence 0 0 0 0 0 0
Applicants who were issued an alternative class of licence3 0 12 0 0 0 12

1 An alternative class of licence enables its holder to practice with limitations, but additional requirements must be met in order for the member to be fully licensed.

Additional comments:

Pursuant to By-Law 4, candidates are entitled to 3 years to complete the licensing process requirements. Therefore, the number of candidates actively pursuing licensing at any given time will exceed the number of applicants in a reporting period.

h) Classes of certificate/license

Indicate and provide a description of the classes of certificate/license offered by your organization.

You must specify and describe at least one class of certificate/license (on line a) in order for this step to be complete.

# Certification Description
a) L1 A licensee who holds a class L1 Licence is entitled to practise law in Ontario as a barrister and solicitor.

b) L2 A licensee who holds a Class L2 Licence is entitled to practise law in Ontario as a barrister and solicitor in the employ of the Attorney General for Ontario, or if appointed under the Crown Attorneys Act, as a Crown Attorney or as an assistant Crown Attorney.

c) L3 A licensee who holds a Class L3 Licence must be a member of the Barreau du Quebec in good standing and as a member of the Ontario Bar, would be restricted to practice Quebec civil law and Canadian Federal law as a barrister and solicitor of Ontario.

Additional comments:

i) Reviews and appeals processed

State the number of reviews and appeals your organization processed in the reporting year (use only whole numbers; do not enter commas or decimals).

Jurisdiction where applicants were initially trained in the profession (before they were granted use of the protected title or professional designation in Ontario)

from January 1st to December 31st of the reporting year  Ontario Other Canadian Provinces USA Other International Unknown Total
Applications that were subject to an internal review or that were referred to a statutory committee of your governing council, such as a Registration Committee 116 20 16 35 0 187
Applicants who initiated an appeal of a registration decision 0 0 0 0 0 0
Appeals heard 0 0 0 0 0 0
Registration decisions changed following an appeal 0 0 0 0 0 0

Additional comments:

j) Paid Staff

In the table below, enter the number of paid staff employed by your organization in the categories shown, on December 31 of the reporting year.

When providing information for each of the categories in this section, you may want to use decimals if you count your staff using half units. For example, one full-time employee and one part-time employee might be equivalent to 1.5 employees.

You can enter decimals to the tenths position only. For example, you can enter 1.5 or 7.5 but not 1.55 or 7.52.

Category Staff
Total staff employed by the regulatory body                     576
Staff involved in appeals process 166
Staff involved in registration process 36

Additional comments:

The number of staff indicated in the Appeals Process area above refers the department that handles the Good Character Review procedures, which are a pre-requisite to licensure.

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If you have specific questions about the Licensing Process, you may contact:

Licensing and Accreditation - Professional Development and Competence Department
The Law Society of Upper Canada
130 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N6
Email: licensingprocess@lsuc.on.ca
Telephone: 416-947-3315 Toll Free: 1-800-668-7380, extension 3315