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Temporary Practice Permit Under the NMA


Lawyers who wish to practise law in Ontario on a temporary basis who are from Canadian jurisdictions that have signed and implemented the National Mobility Agreement (NMA) (reciprocating jurisdictions) may do so without prior permission for up to 100 days in a calendar year providing they meet the requirements set out in Part VII of By-Law 4.

Lawyers who do not meet these requirements need permission to practise law on a temporary basis and must apply for permission under these provisions.

The following reciprocating jurisdictions have signed and implemented the NMA:

British Columbia
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island

Who must apply

  • Lawyers from reciprocating jurisdictions who do not meet the requirements of Part VII of By-Law 4
  • Lawyers who anticipate their temporary practice will be more than the 100 days permitted. NOTE: any part of a day spent working on an Ontario-related file, whether or not you are physically in Ontario counts as one whole day towards the 100 days permitted.
  • Lawyers who establish an economic nexus with Ontario and are applying for Permanent Transfer under the NMA and intend to work in Ontario before they are licensed

Application Requirements

  • Completed and original Application for Permission to Practise Law in Ontario on a Temporary Basis
  • Original Certificate(s) of Standing (dated within the last 30 days) from each Law Society of which you are or have been a member, inside and outside of Canada. NOTE: Your Certificate(s) of Standing must be replaced if it becomes more than 60 days old at the time your application is ready to be approved by Complaints & Compliance
  • Additional pertinent documents to comply with specific application requirements

Application Process

All applications and pertinent attachments will be reviewed by Complaints & Compliance. If the review reveals that the application and/or attachments are deficient, a Complaints & Compliance Representative will contact the applicant to request additional information or clarification.

Complaints & Compliance requires at least 15 business days to process the Application for Permission to Practise Law in Ontario on a Temporary Basis and will notify applicants in writing confirming their approval.

Temporary Arrangements due to COVID-19 - Completed Applications & Inquiries

In support of public health recommendations to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Law Society staff are working remotely. The Law Society’s work at home plan will continue to be re-assessed as the situation develops based on recommendations from public health officials.

Until such time as the Law Society reopens its physical offices, we will only be able to communicate electronically, or by phone. If submitting an application, please send a copy of the application and supporting documents to us by email to Please also continue to mail or courier your original documents to us, but be aware that they will not be received until we return to the office. In some instances, we may not be able to finalize your application until we receive the original documents. 

This arrangement may result in delays in our ability to respond to your communications and we ask for your patience as we adjust our operations to manage the dangers to the community posed by COVID-19.

Administrative Fees

There are no administrative processing fees for Applications for Permission to Practise Law in Ontario on a Temporary Basis.

Links to Application and additional information

Links to Applicable By-Law and the National Mobility Agreement


Application related questions should be directed to the Complaints & Compliance department by contacting the Law Society Resource Centre at (416) 947-3315 (toll-free within Ontario 1-800-668-7380 ext. 3315) and asking to be transferred, or sending an email to Complaints & Compliance using the Contact Page.


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