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Notice Regarding Licensing for Paralegal Representatives

Beginning on May 1, 2007, many paralegal representatives in Ontario will be affected by recent changes to the Law Society Act.  Paralegals who provide legal services, which includes representing persons in a proceeding before an adjudicative body such as the WSIAT, will be required to apply for and meet the licensing requirements that are set by the Law Society Act and Regulations, and by-laws of the Law Society of Upper Canada. 

Certain groups of representatives are excluded from this requirement.  However, members of these groups may still wish to consider whether to apply for a licence to provide legal services.

If you are not a lawyer and you represent parties before the Tribunal, the WSIAT strongly recommends that you obtain information from the Law Society about whether these requirements apply to you, and what steps you must take to meet them.  Please note that Tribunal staff are not able to answer your questions about paralegal licensing.  You may obtain more information by following this link to the Law Society’s website:www.lsuc.on.ca.   You can also call the Law Society at 416-947-3315 or 1-800-668-7380.

Posted on: April 12, 2007