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Complete your three mandatory Equality Diversity and Inclusion hours by the end of 2020

December 08, 2020

Need to know: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion requirements

Licensees subject to the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirement, must complete three professionalism hours of accredited Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programming (EDI Hours) by the end of 2020, and one EDI Hour each year starting in 2021. These hours count towards fulfilling the CPD Professionalism Hours requirement.

The purpose of the mandatory CPD training on equality, diversity and inclusion is to create awareness of the challenges faced by racialized licensees and assist in enhancing diversity and inclusion within all legal workplaces in Ontario. For more information see our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion requirement webpage.

Ways to participateAccredited programs and activities

The Law Society offers a variety of free, accredited programs for licensees to help meet the requirements; keep an eye on the schedule for the Law Society’s Equity Legal Education programs.  You can participate in these engaging programs, which are currently being held online, during the scheduled broadcast, or view them later, on demand.

For firms, the Law Society has developed a toolkit to assist legal workplaces in designing and delivering their own program focussed on advancing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the legal professions. The toolkit consists of a Facilitator’s GuideParticipant’s Guide and Bibliography  to allow workplaces to present their own program, pre-accredited for EDI Professionalism hours.

Record your CPD Hours by December 31

Lawyers and paralegals are reminded that they must report their CPD Hours using the online Law Society Portal by December 31 of each calendar year. Lawyers and paralegals can report eligible CPD programs and activities at any time on or before December 31 and are encouraged to report regularly. CPD Hours should be entered into the Portal once an activity or program has been completed.

The self-edit function allows licensees to edit or delete any entry for a professionalism program, substantive program or activity.

Access the Law Society Portal now.

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