CPD

Many of Canada's law societies require the lawyers they regulate to participate in a certain number of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours annually (or for a specified reporting period).

In most cases, Lancaster House's conferences, audio conferences, and workshops count toward some or all of these CPD hours. Below is an explanation of how lawyers from different jurisdictions across Canada may count Lancaster House conferences, audio conferences, and workshops toward their CPD requirements. (All information is believed correct at the time of posting [March 30, 2020], but please consult your law society's website for definitive and up-to-date information.)

Alberta

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While the mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) filing requirement has been suspended for 2020 and 2021, the Law Society of Alberta encourages all Alberta lawyers to remain committed to professional development activities that are of interest or where there may be room for growth

For further information, please visit: https://www.lawsociety.ab.ca/lawyers-and-students/continuing-professional-development/


British Columbia

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In each calendar year, lawyers must complete at least 12 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in accredited educational activities. At least 2 of the 12 hours must pertain to any combination of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, or practice management.

Lancaster House's practice is to have all of our conferences, audio conferences, and workshops accredited by the Law Society of British Columbia.

You should see an annotation on each Lancaster House program schedule confirming that the program has been accredited by the Law Society of British Columbia. Only programs specifically noted as meeting the "professionalism requirement" will count toward the Law Society of British Columbia's requirement for 2 hours of CPD pertaining to professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, or practice management.

Reviewing a previously recorded course (such as one of Lancaster's MP3 recordings of audio conferences) counts toward a lawyer's CPD hours.

For further information, please visit: https://www.lawsociety.bc.ca/support-and-resources-for-lawyers/continuing-professional-development/eligible-activities/


Manitoba

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Lawyers in active practice must complete 12 hours of professional development activities per year (or 1 hour per month).

Lawyers who maintain active practising status for 3 or more months in a year must ensure that 1.5 hours of their total CPD hours for the year relate to ethics, professional responsibility, or practice management.

Examples of eligible CPD activities include, among others, watching and discussing a recording of a CPD program with another lawyer, articling student, or support staff, but not watching it on your own.

The Law Society of Manitoba will not accredit programs or providers. It is up to individual lawyers to determine if an activity is an eligible CPD activity.

Therefore, Manitoba lawyers may count Lancaster House conferences, workshops, or live audio conferences toward their CPD requirements. Manitoba lawyers may be able to count listening to MP3s of our audio conferences as long as they listen with colleagues.

For further information, please visit: https://www.lawsociety.mb.ca/education


New Brunswick

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All practising members of the Law Society of New Brunswick must complete and report at least 12 approved CPD hours by December 31 each year.

The Law Society of New Brunswick accredits eligible activities, and it is Lancaster House's practice to obtain accreditation from the Law Society of New Brunswick for each conference, audio conference, or workshop.

Credits may be obtained for reviewing a previously recorded course; therefore, time spent reviewing one of Lancaster's MP3 recordings of an audio conference may be counted toward CPD requirements.

For further information, please visit: https://lawsociety-barreau.nb.ca/en/for-lawyers/continuing-professional-development/


Northwest Territories

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Each membership year, members of the Law Society of the Northwest Territories must complete 12 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity, 2 hours of which must focus on legal ethics or law practice management.

Eligible CPD activities include participating in courses or reviewing a previously recorded course with at least one other lawyer or student at law.

Members of the Law Society of the Northwest Territories may wish to count participation in Lancaster House conferences, workshops, or live audio conferences toward their CPD requirements. They may also count listening to MP3s of our audio conferences as long as they listen with another lawyer or articling student.

For further information, please visit: https://www.lawsociety.nt.ca/lawyers/continuing-professional-development-cpd


Nova Scotia

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The Nova Scotia Barristers' Society (NSBS) requires that lawyers create and declare a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Plan annually and expects that, as part of this plan, each lawyer will complete a minimum of 12 CPD hours each year.

The NSBS does not accredit courses. It is the decision of each lawyer whether a CPD course or activity meets the NSBS's CPD requirements.

Nova Scotia lawyers may consider including Lancaster House conferences, workshops, or audio conferences in their Continuing Professional Development Plan required by the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society.

For further information, please visit: https://nsbs.org/legal-profession/your-practice/responsibilities-requirements/professional-development/

For the NSBS's listing of upcoming CPD events of interest (including Lancaster House events), see: https://nsbs.org/events


Nunavut

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All active members of the Law Society of Nunavut are required to complete a minimum of 12 hours of CPD annually, including at least 1 hour devoted to professional responsibility and ethics.

Members can claim up to 2 hours for "restricted self study," which includes "reviewing recorded seminars."

Nunavut lawyers may count Lancaster House conferences, workshops, or live audio conferences toward their CPD requirements. They may also count reviewing up to 2 hours of Lancaster's MP3 recordings of audio conferences.

For further information, please visit: https://www.lawsociety.nu.ca/en/lawyers/compulsory-professional-development/policies-and-requirements


Ontario

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Lawyers must complete at least 12 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) annually, 3 hours of which must be accredited by the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) as dealing with professional responsibility, ethics, practice management, and/or equality and inclusion.

The other 9 hours of CPD each lawyer must complete do not have to be accredited by the Law Society.

Between January 1, 2018, and December 31, 2020, lawyers must complete a total of 3 "professionalism" hours that focus on advancing equality and inclusion in the profession. Each year thereafter, lawyers must complete 1 "professionalism" hour that addresses issues of equality and inclusion. These hours count toward the 3 "professionalism" hours required each year.

Any of Lancaster House's conferences, audio conferences, and/or workshops may be counted toward 9 of the 12 hours of mandatory CPD each year. Only programs specifically marked as accredited by the LSO as meeting the "professionalism" requirement may be counted toward the other 3 hours.

Listening to MP3 recordings of our audio conferences without a colleague is now an eligible activity for up to 6 CPD hours per calendar year.

For further information, please visit: https://www.lsuc.on.ca/CPD-Requirement/

To log your CPD hours, access the Law Society's portal here: https://portal.lsuc.on.ca/wps/portal/custom_login_en


Prince Edward Island

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Practising members of the Law Society of Prince Edward Island are required to complete at least 24 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities every 2 years.

At least 4 hours of the required 24 hours of CPD must pertain primarily to any one or any combination of the following topics: professional responsibility, ethics, practice standards, the code of professional conduct, conflicts of interest, rules of the law society, client relations, and practice management.

Up to 4 hours of self-study may be counted in any 2-year period.

For further information, please visit: https://lawsocietypei.ca/continuing-professional-development


Quebec

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The Barreau du Québec requires members to complete at least 30 hours of approved training during each 2-year compliance period.

Training activities held outside Quebec and approved by another Canadian bar or foreign bar as part of a mandatory continuing legal education program in that other bar are automatically recognized by the Barreau du Québec,

  • regardless of whether or not the member of the Québec Bar is a member of that other bar; and
  • regardless of whether or not this training activity is offered by that bar itself or by a supplier accredited by that bar.

t is up to the member to verify with the other bar that the activity is recognized under its own mandatory continuing legal education program and that it meets the requirement of the Règlement sur la formation continue obligatoire.

For these training activities, the member of the Barreau du Québec only has to declare in the training statement the training hours spent and to retain proof of registration and participation. No application for recognition shall be submitted to the Barreau du Québec.

Quebec lawyers may wish to report attendance at any Lancaster House conference, audio conference, or workshop in their training statements.

For further information, please visit: https://www.barreau.qc.ca/avocats/formation-continue/obligatoire/faq.html?Langue=en


Saskatchewan

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All active members of the Law Society of Saskatchewan must complete 12 hours or accredited CPD each calendar year. Of these, at least 2 hours must constitute "ethics hours." To count toward the ethics hours requirement, an activity must pertain primarily to one of (or a combination of) the following topics:

  • Professional responsibility
  • Ethics
  • Practice standards
  • The Code of Professional Conduct
  • Conflict of interest
  • Rules of the Law Society
  • Client care and relations
  • Practice management

For further information, please visit: https://www.lawsociety.sk.ca/continuing-professional-development/cpd-policy/


Yukon

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The Law Society of Yukon requires that members must, by December 31 of each year, complete 1 hour of CPD activities for each full or partial month during the calendar year the member was an active member.

Eligible CPD activities include, among others, in-person courses, webinars (live or recorded), and teleconferences or phone-based courses.

Members of the Law Society of Yukon may consider including any Lancaster House conference, audio conference, or workshop as a CPD learning activity in their annual reports.

For further information, please visit: https://www.lawsocietyyukon.com/