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Lawyers from Outside Ontario

Mobility and Inter-jurisdictional Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions about practising law in Ontario on a temporary or permanent basis.

Foreign Legal Consultants 

Lawyers licensed and authorized to practise law outside of Canada can apply for a Foreign Legal Consultant permit to provide legal advice in Ontario about a foreign jurisdiction for a 12-month period.

Permanent Transfer Under the NMA or TMA

Lawyers licensed in a province or territory in Canada who want to become licensed in Ontario can apply for permanent transfer under the National Mobility Agreement or Territorial Mobility Agreement.

Temporary Practice Permit for Lawyers Licensed in a Canadian Province

Lawyers licensed in a Canadian province may be eligible to practise law in Ontario without a permit if they meet the requirements set out in Part VII of By-Law 4. Lawyers who do not meet the requirements can apply for a Temporary Practice Permit to practise law in Ontario on a temporary basis.

Occasional Practice Permit (OPP) for Lawyers Licensed in the Territories (and certain Quebec lawyers) 

Lawyers licensed in the Northwest Territories, Yukon or Nunavut can apply for an OPP to practise law in Ontario on a temporary basis on not more than 10 matters each calendar year. The OPP also applies to Quebec lawyers who were licensed in France.

Canadian Legal Advisor Certificate for Quebec Notaries 

Quebec notaries who want to provide legal advice in Ontario can apply for a Canadian Legal Advisor certificate. Canadian Legal Advisor certificates are issued by calendar year and may be renewed annually.
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