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Self-Identification Questions

Since 2009, the Law Society has been collecting licensee demographic data on a voluntary basis. The answers to these questions help the Law Society to better understand demographic trends, to develop programs and initiatives in accordance with its mandate, and to promote equality and diversity in the professions. The data has been reported in the aggregate and used to prepare statistical snapshots of the lawyer and paralegal professions each year, which are available here. The Law Society will continue to publish these yearly aggregate reports as they provide important information about the legal professions.
The self-identification data will continue to be collected on a voluntary basis each year. In addition to reporting about the legal professions in the aggregate, the Law Society will also provide legal workplaces of at least 25 licensees in Ontario with the self-identification data for the legal workplace in a manner that preserves the privacy and confidentiality of individual licensees in accordance with recommendation 4 of the Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group Final Report (“Working Together for Change: Strategies to Address Issues of Systemic Racism in the Legal Professions”). The licensees who work at that workplace will also be provided with a copy. This data will allow legal workplaces to compare their data with the aggregate demographic data gathered from the professions as a whole. A preview of the questions is available here.
The self-identification data for each workplace will be used to develop an inclusion index for legal workplaces of 25 licensees or more. More information about the inclusion index is available here.


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