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Competence Framework

Final Report of the Competence Task Force

Convocation approved the Final Report of the Competence Task Force  on May 26, 2022. 

The new Competency Framework includes:

  1. The creation of an online practice essentials course which will be mandatory for lawyers or paralegals within one year of setting up as a sole practitioner for the first time, effective January 2024
  2. Amending the Rules of Professional Conduct and the Paralegal Professional Conduct Guidelines to adopt the Federation of Law Societies of Canada Model Code of Professional Conduct commentary (Section 3.1-2) regarding technological competence
  3. The elimination of the six-hour limit on archived or recorded Continuing Professional Development programs that are eligible for credit each year
  4. The wind-up of the Certified Specialist Program. Licensees who are currently Certified Specialists may use the designation until Dec. 31, 2022. (The Indigenous Legal Issues specialization continues subject to any future recommendation by the Equity and Indigenous Affairs Committee to Convocation.)

The Competence Task Force was established to ensure that the Law Society’s competence framework remains effective, proportionate, and balanced while addressing career-long competence in a manner that protects the public interest and is responsive to the public’s legal needs now and in the years to come. The Task Force held a consultation,  reviewed existing programs and recommended new initiatives that will help to fill perceived gaps, ensuring competence of paralegals and lawyers and elevating the legal profession.

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