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Payment Information

Please refer to the “Dates to Remember” page and the invoice(s) in your online account for information on payment deadlines and billing amounts. Once you are invoiced you must pay each invoice online by the required deadline. If your billing date is the same as the payment due date, payment is due immediately upon receipt. Once the deadline has passed, you will no longer be able to make payment online. To sit an examination, all fees must be paid in full by the appropriate deadline. This includes the study material fee.

If you intend to enrol in the Monthly Payment Plan, you must enrol by the applicable due date. Please review the Monthly Payment Plan information on the Financial Assistance page for information on how and when to enrol in the plan applicable to your Licensing Cycle.

The Law Society is transitioning to an online self-service enrolment platform for the Monthly Payment Plan in 2019-20. More information will be posted in February 2019. Candidates are to comply with any requirements that pertain to the payment option selected. 

Please check your online account regularly. If you complete the Licensing Process but still have an outstanding balance or have outstanding payments remaining on your payment plan term, you cannot be called to the bar until the balance is paid in full.

Refunds issued to a third party require the written consent of the candidate. Notwithstanding this, the Law Society’s banking agreement stipulates that if payments are made using a credit card, a credit must be issued back to the same credit card account. 

In accordance with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requirements, the Law Society will issue tax receipts by the end of February from year to year. To ensure prompt delivery of these receipts, you must ensure that you update your mailing address and contact information through your online account and ensure your information is current up to the time of your licensing. Inquiries pertaining to these tax receipts may be sent through your online account

Replacement tax receipts must be requested in writing at a cost of $10.00 each (plus applicable taxes). Payment must be enclosed with the request. Please allow one week for processing. 

Payment Options

Most candidates opt to pay fees online with a valid credit card. It is strongly recommended that candidates make payment a few days prior to the posted payment deadline so that payment is processed and reflected in their account by the deadline. Payments processed by the Law Society typically take two to four business days to be reflected in a candidate's account.  

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) payments and pre-loaded credit or debit cards are not accepted by the Law Society. The following is a list of all payment options accepted by the Law Society:

Credit Card (online)
Most candidates opt to pay fees online via their secure Law Society online account. Payment online may be made with VISA, MasterCard or American Express cards. Candidates making online payments will receive a receipt once the payment has been processed. The Law Society is not responsible for delays in processing payments that result from the bank’s decline of a credit card. Pre-loaded credit or debit cards will not be accepted. Candidates will be able to make payment online up until the payment deadline. Once the deadline passes, payment will not be accepted and candidates must defer their examination sitting to the next available date.

Cash and Debit Card Payments
Cash and debit card payments are accepted in person at the Client Service Office in Toronto, during regular business hours. Persons making a payment in person must print and present a copy of the invoice(s) to be paid to the Client Service Office employee at the Law Society. 

Certified Cheque/Money Order/Draft Payments 

Payment may be made by certified cheque, money order or bank draft payable to the “Law Society of Ontario” and must be in Canadian Funds drawn by a Canadian Financial Institution. Your Law Society candidate identification number must be indicated on the face of the certified cheque, money order or bank draft. Payments made in foreign funds will be returned unprocessed.

Monthly Payment Plan by Credit Card
Candidates may review the Monthly Payment Plan details available online for additional information regarding this payment option.

You may not select this option if you have any outstanding fees owing (i.e. Licensing Process fees, application fee late charges, NSF charges, etc.). Candidates who would like to withdraw from the Monthly Payment Plan must pay any overdue fees prior to cancelling their payment plan. 

Fees that can be paid by the Monthly Payment Plan include the examination(s), study material(s) and the experiential training fee. All other fees must be paid in full by the due date indicated on the invoice.

Other Payment Information:

Returned Cheques or Rejected Transactions

Cheques not honoured by the bank (NSF, stop payment, etc.) will result in a $25 charge against your account for each item. The Law Society will post the notification of the dishonoured cheque to your Law Society online account. Each dishonoured cheque must be replaced with a secured payment by the given due date (certified cheque, bank draft, money order, or credit card) and must include the $25 charge. Payments not replaced will count as a non-negotiable/rejected item.

Failure to replace a returned cheque or non-payment will result in the candidate being ineligible to sit any Licensing Examination or risk withdrawal from components of the Licensing Process. The Licensing Process Fee(s) owing at the time will become payable immediately.

Rejected Credit Card Transactions

The Law Society will notify candidates of a rejected credit card transaction by posting the notification to the candidate’s Law Society online account. The Licensing Process Fee(s) owing at the time of removal from the Monthly Payment Plan will become payable immediately.

A request to defer the processing of any credit card transaction constitutes a “stop payment” and will count as a non-negotiable/rejected item.

The Accounts Office will notify Licensing Process staff of any candidates who have outstanding fees. This may result in the withdrawal of the candidate from the Licensing Process.

Contact List for Candidate Services:

Payment and Account Inquiries sent to:
Tel: 416-947-5201
Fax: 416-947-3305

Changes to the Existing Monthly Payment Plan:
Tel: 416-947-2403
Fax: 416-947-3305

2019-20 Monthly Payment Plan Changes:
Tel: 416-947-3315
Email: via your online account

Financial Assistance (Licensing Process):
Tel: 416-947-3315 Fax: 416-947-9070 
Email: via your candidate online account

Tax Receipts if you have already been licensed (Licensing Process):
Tel: 416-947-3315
Fax: 416-947-9070

Changes to contact information:
Can be completed online via your candidate online account