Lawyers from Quebec and the Territories of Canada who wish to practise law in Ontario on an occasional basis and who are members in good standing in their home jurisdiction may apply for an Occasional Practice Permit to do so under Part VII of By-Law 4. A lawyer who is permitted to practise law occasionally in Ontario is limited to not more than 10 matters annually.
Who can apply
Lawyers from the following jurisdictions may apply to practise law occasionally in Ontario in accordance with Part VII of By-Law 4:
- Original and completed Application for an Occasional Practice Permit for lawyers from Quebec and the Territories of Canada under Part VII of By-Law 4
- Non-refundable administrative fee
- 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
- Proof of professional liability insurance coverage for the applicant's practice of law in Ontario that is reasonably comparable in coverage and limits to professional liability insurance that is required of a lawyer in Ontario (currently at least $1,000,000 per claim and $2,000,000 in the aggregate, plus coverage for defalcations).
All applications and pertinent attachments will be reviewed by Complaints & Compliance. If the review reveals that the application and/or attachments are not complete, 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 and will notify applicants in writing confirming their approval.
Non-refundable Application Fee
A non-refundable application fee in the amount of $113.00 ($100 + HST) must be submitted along with the Application for an Occasional Practice Permit for lawyers from Quebec and the Territories of Canada.
Note: Occasional Practice Permits expire on December 31 of each calendar year. A new application, together with an application fee of $113.00 ($100 + HST), is required each calendar year to practise on an occasional basis.
Links to Application and additional information
- Application for an Occasional Practice Permit for Lawyers from Quebec and the Territories of Canada (PDF):
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Link to Applicable By-Law
Application related questions should be directed to the Complaints & Compliance department by contacting the Law Society’s Resource Centre at (416) 947-3315 (toll-free within Ontario 1-800-668-7380 ext. 3315) and asking to be transferred, or sending an email to Complaints & Compliance using the Contact Page.
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