Temporary Practice Permit Under the NMA

Purpose

Lawyers who wish to practise law in Ontario on an temporary basis who are from Canadian jurisdictions that have signed and implemented the National Mobility Agreement (NMA) (reciprocating jurisdictions) 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 implemented the NMA:

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

Who must apply

  • Lawyers from reciprocating jurisdictions 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

  • 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 each Law Society of which you are or have been a member, inside and outside of Canada. 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
  • Additional pertinent documents to comply with specific application requirements

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.

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 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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