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Temporary Practice Permit Under the NMA

Purpose

Lawyers who wish to practise law in Ontario on a temporary basis who are from Canadian jurisdictions that have signed and/or implemented the National Mobility Agreement (NMA) may do so without prior permission for up to 100 days in a calendar year providing they meet the requirements set out in Part VII of By-Law 4.

Lawyers who do not meet these requirements need permission to practise law on a temporary basis and must apply for permission under these provisions.

The following reciprocating jurisdictions have signed and/or implemented the NMA:

Alberta
British Columbia
Manitoba
New Brunswick
Nova Scotia
Newfoundland
Prince Edward Island
Saskatchewan
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)

Who must apply

  • Lawyers licensed in a Canadian province  who do not meet the requirements of Part VII of By-Law 4
  • Lawyers who anticipate their temporary practice will be more than the 100 days permitted. NOTE: any part of a day spent working on an Ontario-related file, whether or not you are physically in Ontario counts as one whole day towards the 100 days permitted.
  • Lawyers who establish an economic nexus with Ontario and are applying for Permanent Transfer under the NMA and intend to work in Ontario before they are licensed

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 Permission to Practise Law in Ontario on a Temporary Basis
  • Original Certificate(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
  • For Quebec lawyers, proof the applicant maintains the full mandatory professional liability insurance coverage required by the Barreau du Québec
  • Additional documents as required

Application Process

All applications and pertinent attachments will be 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.

Complaints & Compliance requires at least 15 business days to process the Application for Permission to Practise Law in Ontario on a Temporary Basis and will notify applicants in writing confirming their approval.

Licensing candidates who have already passed both the solicitor and barrister exams as of April 22, 2021 and would like to be administratively called to the bar must contact Complaints & Compliance for more information by emailing lsforms@lso.ca. Applications for Quebec lawyers to be administratively called to the bar must be completed and approved by Complaints & Compliance by October 23, 2021.

Administrative Fees

There are no administrative processing fees for Applications for Permission to Practise Law in Ontario on a Temporary Basis.

Links to Application and additional information

Links to Applicable By-Law and the National Mobility Agreement

Questions

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

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