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Civil Society Organizations

Purpose

To make lawyer and paralegal services more accessible, the Law Society has approved a registration system that enables lawyers and paralegals to provide their professional services to the public as employees of charities and not-for-profit corporations. Under this initiative, registered charities and not-for-profit corporations can register with the Law Society to employ lawyers and paralegals to deliver legal services through their organizations directly to their clients. Lawyers and paralegals employed by charities and not-for-profit corporations may provide free lawyer and paralegal services to clients of the organization.

Who Can Apply

Applications are to be made by the registered charity or the not-for-profit corporation. A representative from the organization will need to complete and submit the Registration for Registered Charities and Not-For-Profit Corporations form. By registering, the organization does not become regulated by the Law Society, but the organization will be required to comply with the terms of registration as set out in the registration form. The Law Society will continue to regulate the lawyer or paralegal providing services through the charity or not-for-profit corporation. If at any time the Law Society requirements are not met, charities and not-for-profit corporations may be de-registered. This information will be made public.


Guide and Registration Form

 

A Guide for Registered Charities and Not-For-Profit Corporations Registration Form for Registered Charities and Not-For-Profit Corporations

Ongoing Requirements

Registered charities and not-for-profit corporations will be required to file a short report with the Law Society on an annual basis.

Additional Information

Lawyers employed by a registered charity or not-for-profit corporation providing services to clients of the organization may be eligible for a significantly reduced insurance rate pursuant to LAWPRO’s designated agency program. More information can be found on LAWPRO's website at https://www.lawpro.ca.

Link to By-Law

Part VI of By-Law 7 - Services Delivered by Lawyers and Paralegals through Civil Society Organizations

Questions

Questions about how registered charities and not-for-profit corporations register with the Law Society as Civil Society Organizations should be directed to Complaints & Compliance by contacting the Law Society at 416-947-3315 (toll-free 1-800-668-7390 x 3315) and asking to be transferred, or by emailing lsforms@lso.ca.

Accessibility

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Registered Civil Society Organizations

The following list of registered charities and not-for-profit organizations are registered as Civil Society Organizations with the Law Society of Ontario:
 

Ecojustice Canada Society
www.ecojustice.ca
Registration Date: July 12, 2019

Family Service Toronto
www.familyservicetoronto.org
Registration Date: July 26, 2019

CERA Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation
www.equalityrights.org
Registration Date: August 23, 2019

South Asian Autism Awareness Centre

www.saaac.org

Registration Date: September 12, 2019

Housing Help/Aide Logement
www.action-logement.ca
Registration Date: September 12, 2019

This list was last updated on September 13, 2019