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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiative comprises five strategies the Law Society is implementing to address racism and discrimination in the professions.  The strategies were recommended in the final report of the Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group.

What you need to know and do

Educating for change

CPD Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Requirement
Licensees subject to the Continuing Professional Development Requirement are to complete 3 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Professionalism Hours by 2020.

CPD EDI Programs

Measuring progress

Inclusion Index
The Law Society will develop and publish an inclusion index for legal workplaces with 25 or more licensees. The index will be based on the legal workplace’s self-assessment information, demographic data obtained from the Lawyer Annual Report and Paralegal Annual Report, and the information gathered from the inclusion questions. The inclusion index will be made available to the professions and the public.

Accelerating diversity

Requirement to Acknowledge Human Rights Laws
On September 11, 2019, Law Society benchers approved a motion to require licensees to acknowledge in their annual reports, in accordance with the professional conduct rules, their special responsibility as a lawyer or paralegal to respect the requirements of human rights laws in Ontario and to honour the obligation not to discriminate.

Human Rights and Diversity Policy
Legal workplaces of at least 10 licensees are required to develop, implement and maintain a human rights/diversity policy for their legal workplace addressing at the very least fair recruitment, retention and advancement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Lawyers and Paralegals – Here's what you need to KNOW AND DO CPD Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Requirement Read the Working Together for Change final report