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Permanent Transfer Under the NMA or TMA

Purpose

Lawyers who wish to be licensed in Ontario who are from Canadian jurisdictions that have signed and/or implemented the National Mobility Agreement (NMA) or the Territorial Mobility Agreement (TMA) may apply for permanent mobility under By-Law 4.

Lawyers from the following Canadian jurisdictions may apply for permanent transfer in order to be licensed in Ontario:

National Mobility Agreement

British Columbia
Alberta
Saskatchewan
Manitoba
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Newfoundland
Prince Edward Island
Quebec (other than lawyers who qualified for membership in the Barreau du Québec under the Entente entre le Québec et la France en matière de reconnaissance mutuelle des qualifications professionnelles)

Territorial Mobility Agreement

Northwest Territories
Yukon
Nunavut

Who can apply

Lawyers licensed in a Canadian jurisdiction  who are in good standing and entitled to practise in their home jurisdiction may apply to be licensed in Ontario under By-Law 4, based on the National Mobility Agreement or the Territorial Mobility Agreement. Applicants must remain entitled to practice in their home jurisdiction until they are called to the bar in Ontario.

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit the most recent version of the application form (link below) in order for it to be processed. Complaints & Compliance will not accept previous versions of the application form. 

  • Completed and original Application for Licence under the National Mobility Agreement or the Territorial Mobility Agreement and By-Law 4
  •  Non-refundable fee for administration, reading materials, and licensing
  • Original Certificates(s) of Standing (dated within the last 30 days) from the applicant’s home jurisdiction and any other Law Society of which the applicant is or has been a member, to be submitted to the Law Society directly from the regulatory body. NOTE: Your Certificate(s) of Standing must be replaced if it becomes more than 60 days old at the time your application is ready to be approved by Complaints & Compliance 
  • A notarized copy (front and back) of your Canadian Birth Certificate as proof of age and full legal name, or a notarized copy (front and back) of your Canadian Citizenship Card
  • Two colour passport photos taken within the past 12 months
  • Original required Reading Declaration
  • Information regarding your complete work history for the last 5 years
  • Additional documents as required

Application Process

This is a two-part process:

PART I Application for permanent transfer and completion of the required reading materials

All applications and attachments are reviewed by Complaints & Compliance. If the review reveals that the application and/or attachments are deficient, a Complaints & Compliance Representative will contact the applicant to request additional information or clarification.

Applicants must read the required reading materials and submit an original signed Reading Declaration before applications will be approved for licensing.

Complaints & Compliance requires at least 35 business days to process the application for transfer and will notify applicants in writing confirming their approval.

PART II Licensing Process

The Licensing Process, Licensing and Accreditation department will contact applicants to provide details regarding the licensing process, after the application for transfer has been approved by Complaints & Compliance and the original Reading Declaration has been received.

Non-refundable Administrative Fees

A non-refundable application fee in the amount of $1,450 (CAD) + HST must be received by the Law Society in order to commence processing the licensing application.

The application fee includes the administrative processing fee, the cost of reading materials, and licensing.

NOTE: Annual Law Society membership fees are payable once the licence has been granted.

Paying Administrative Fees

Application fees and renewal fees, where applicable, should be paid through the Law Society Store.

Visit the Law Society store at https://store.lso.ca/mobility to pay the necessary fees online.

You may also pay the applicable fee(s) by enclosing a certified cheque or money order with your application. All cheques should be made payable to the “Law Society of Ontario”.

Proof of Payment or a Certified Cheque/Money Order to Accompany All Applications


Payment or a copy of the receipt for payment must accompany all applications.

Links to Application and additional information

Links to Applicable By-Law and Agreements

  • By-Law 4
  • For the National Mobility Agreement PDF or the Territorial Mobility Agreement PDF visit the Resources page on the Federation of Law Societies of Canada website at https://flsc.ca/resources/

Questions

All questions about the application for transfer should be directed to the Complaints & Compliance department by contacting the Law Society at (416) 947-3315 (toll-free 1-800-668-7380 ext. 3315) and asking to be transferred, or by email at lsforms@lso.ca.

All questions about the Licensing Process should be directed to the Licensing Process, Licensing and Accreditation department by contacting the Law Society at (416) 947-3315 (toll-free 1-800-668-7380 ext. 3315) and asking to be transferred, or by email at licensingprocess@lso.ca.

Accessibility

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