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Civil Society Organizations


To make lawyer and paralegal services more accessible, the Law Society has approved a registration system that enables lawyers and paralegals to provide their professional services to the public as employees of charities and not-for-profit corporations. Under this initiative, registered charities and not-for-profit corporations can register with the Law Society to employ lawyers and paralegals to deliver legal services through their organizations directly to their clients. Lawyers and paralegals employed by charities and not-for-profit corporations may provide free lawyer and paralegal services to clients of the organization.

Who Can Apply

Applications are to be made by the registered charity or the not-for-profit corporation. A representative from the organization will need to complete and submit the Registration for Registered Charities and Not-For-Profit Corporations form. By registering, the organization does not become regulated by the Law Society, but the organization will be required to comply with the terms of registration as set out in the registration form. The Law Society will continue to regulate the lawyer or paralegal providing services through the charity or not-for-profit corporation. If at any time the Law Society requirements are not met, charities and not-for-profit corporations may be de-registered. This information will be made public.

Guide and Registration Form


A Guide for Registered Charities and Not-For-Profit Corporations Registration Form for Registered Charities and Not-For-Profit Corporations

Ongoing Requirements

Registered charities and not-for-profit corporations will be required to file a short report with the Law Society on an annual basis.

Additional Information

Lawyers employed by a registered charity or not-for-profit corporation providing services to clients of the organization may be eligible for a significantly reduced insurance rate pursuant to LAWPRO’s designated agency program. More information can be found on LAWPRO's website at

Link to By-Law

Part VI of By-Law 7 - Services Delivered by Lawyers and Paralegals through Civil Society Organizations


Questions about how registered charities and not-for-profit corporations register with the Law Society as Civil Society Organizations should be directed to the Complaints & Compliance department by contacting the Law Society at 416-947-3315 (toll-free 1-800-668-7390 ext. 3315) and asking to be transferred, or by email at


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Registered Civil Society Organizations

The following list of registered charities and not-for-profit organizations are registered as Civil Society Organizations with the Law Society of Ontario:

Ecojustice Canada Society
Registration Date: July 12, 2019

Family Service Toronto
Registration Date: July 26, 2019

CERA Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation
Registration Date: August 23, 2019

South Asian Autism Awareness Centre

Registration Date: September 12, 2019

Housing Help/Aide Logement
Registration Date: September 12, 2019

National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM)
Registration Date: October 24, 2019

CCLA Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Registration Date: November 11, 2019

Canadian Centre for Torture Victims
Registration Date: March 25, 2020

Pathways Employment Help Centre
Registration Date: August 28, 2020

Community Justice Collective
Registration Date: September 10, 2020

Centre des services communautaires de Vanier/
Vanier Community Service Centre
Registration Date: October 12, 2020

Registration Date: May 4, 2021

Lakehead University, Newcomer Legal Clinic

Registration Date: August 19, 2021

CCM Toronto Centre Legal Clinic
Registration Date: October 7, 2021

The Democracy Fund
Registration Date: October 29, 2021

AEL Advocacy
Registration Date: December 13, 2021

First Freedoms Foundation
Registration Date: January 10, 2022

Midaynta Community Services
Registration Date: January 21, 2022

Ontario Social Justice & Welfare Corporation
Registration Date: May 11, 2022

Brampton Bramalea Christian Fellowship Inc.
Registration Date: June 13, 2022

Luke's Place
Registration Date: June 14, 2022

Black Legal Action Centre
Registration Date: June 30, 2022

This list was last updated on July 5, 2022 

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