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 towards 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 towards their CPD requirements. (All information is believed correct at the time of posting, but please consult your law society's website for definitive and up-to-date information.)

Alberta

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Unlike other jurisdictions, the Law Society of Alberta does not require that members complete a mandatory minimum number of CPD hours. Members must, however, make an annual CPD declaration that they have made a CPD Plan that includes a range of learning activities relevant to their professional development.

Alberta lawyers may consider including any Lancaster House conference, audio conference or workshop as a CPD learning activity in their mandatory annual Continuing Professional Development Plan required by the Law Society of Alberta.

For further information, please visit: http://www.lawsociety.ab.ca/lawyers/cpd.aspx


British Columbia

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In each calendar year, lawyers must complete at least 12 hours of continuing professional development 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 towards 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 pre-recorded courses with another lawyer OR an articled student counts towards a lawyer's CPD hours. Therefore, listening to an MP3 of one of our audio conferences with another lawyer or an articled student would count towards B.C.'s CPD requirements.

For further information, please visit: http://www.lawsociety.bc.ca/page.cfm?cid=18&t=Continuing-Professional-Development-(CPD)


Manitoba

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Lawyers who are members of the Law Society of Manitoba must complete 1 hour of eligible activities for each month or part of a month in a calendar year during which they maintain active practising status.

Lawyers who maintain active practising status for 3 or more months of the calendar year must ensure that one and one half hours (1.5 hours) of their total CPD hours for the year relate to ethics, professional responsibility or practice management.

Eligible CPD activities include (among others):

  • Teleconferences where questions can be asked and answered
  • 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 towards their CPD requirements. Manitoba lawyers may also count listening to MP3s of our audio conferences as long as they listen with another lawyer, articling student, or support staff.

For further information, please visit: http://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.

Please look for the annotation regarding Law Society of New Brunswick accreditation on each conference or audio conference program.

For further information, please visit: http://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 activity, two hours of which must focus on legal ethics and professional responsibility.

Eligible CPD activities include time spent in a classroom setting, listening to podcasts or watching recorded programs and seminars.

Members of the Law Society of the Northwest Territories may wish to count Lancaster House conferences, workshops or audio conferences towards their CPD requirements.

For further information, please visit: http://www.lawsociety.nt.ca/membership/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: http://nsbs.org/for_lawyers/professional_development

For the NSBS's listing of upcoming CPD events of interest, see: http://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 towards their CPD requirements.

For further information, please visit: http://lawsociety.nu.ca/cpd-policy-requirements/


Ontario

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Lawyers must complete at least 12 hours of continuing professional development annually, 3 hours of which must be accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) as dealing with professional responsibility, ethics and/or practice management.

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

Any of Lancaster House's conferences, audio conferences and/or workshops may be counted towards 9 of the 12 hours of mandatory CPD each year. Only programs specifically marked as accredited by the LSUC as meeting the "professionalism" requirement may be counted towards 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 twenty-four (24) hours of continuing professional development (CPD) activities within each 2-year term established by the Law Society.

At least four (4) hours of the required twenty-four (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, practice management.

Lancaster House is working to receive the Secretary-Treasurer's approval as a recognized educational provider.

For further information, please visit: http://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 two-year compliance period.

Training activities held outside Québec 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.

It 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 Québec Bar only has to declare in his/her 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.

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

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


Saskatchewan

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Saskatchewan lawyers are required to complete 36 hours of accredited CPD hours in a 3-year term. At least six of these hours ("ethics hours") must pertain primarily to one or more of: professional responsibility, ethics, practice standards, the code of professional conduct, conflict of interest, rules of the law society, client care and relations, or practice management.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan now gives their lawyer members the opportunity to count the CPD hours completed in another Canadian jurisdiction where they are a member, for the purposes of meeting the CPD requirements in Saskatchewan. If you are a member who has met the CPD requirements in another jurisdiction, you will no longer be required to apply for approval of each activity taken in your home jurisdiction. Pursuant to the amendment, you must now apply to the Director of Admissions & Education to request recognition of the hours, though you may be required to provide proof of completion of the CPD hours in another Canadian jurisdiction.

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


Yukon

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The Law Society of Yukon requires that all practising members complete 12 hours of CPD annually. Law Society members are NOT required to complete any of these hours in a specific content area (for example, professionalism, ethics).

The Law Society of Yukon will not accredit specific providers or subject matter.

Eligible CPD activities include (among others) live courses, and webcast and telecast courses (with or without the ability to interact with presenters).

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: http://www.lawsocietyyukon.com/