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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion


LATEST UPDATE – March 2018

Lawyers and Paralegals – Here's what you need to KNOW AND DO for 2018:

1. Begin to meet the requirement for 3 CPD Professionalism Hours focused on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI Hours). Licensees subject to the CPD Requirement need to complete 3 EDI Hours and record them in the Portal by the end of 2020

2. Continue to meet the Statement of Principles requirement

3. Continue to meet the Human Rights and Diversity Policy requirement

For 2019:

1. Licensee representative of legal workplaces of 10 or more licensees to complete an equality, diversity and inclusion self-assessment for their legal workplace through the 2018 Annual Report 
2. All licensees will be asked to voluntarily answer inclusion questions about their legal workplace in their 2018 Annual Report

The Law Society understands that racialized lawyers and paralegals face barriers at all stages of their careers. We are putting into action five strategies to remove these barriers:

  • Accelerating culture shift
  • Measuring progress
  • Educating for change
  • Implementing supports
  • Leading by example

Our main objectives are to:

  • Create more inclusive legal workplaces in Ontario
  • Reduce barriers created by racism, unconscious bias and discrimination
  • Increase representation of racialized licensees in the professions, in proportion to the representation in the Ontario population, in all legal workplaces and at all levels of seniority.

Implementation of the strategies has begun.  Here’s what lawyers and paralegals need to KNOW AND DO.


Read the final report - Working Together for Change: Strategies to Address Issues of Systemic Racism in the Legal Professions