Racialized Licensees - Challenges Report

Challenges for Racialized Licensees - Report


As part of its ongoing efforts to promote equity, diversity and inclusiveness in Ontario's legal profession, The Law Society of Upper Canada created the Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Groupin 2012 to investigate the challenges faced by racialized lawyers and paralegals and consider strategies for enhanced inclusion at all career stages.

After completing informal and formal engagement processes, the Working Group prepared the consultation paper, Developing Strategies for Change: Addressing Challenges Faced by Racialized Licenseesfor dissemination to the professions and the public - and for further consultation. The paper was presented to Convocation on October 30, 2014.

The consultation paper includes a series of questions for the professions to consider and comment upon. Additional ideas are also welcome.

Consultation meetings were held in key cities during the winter 2015. 

Input received during the consultation process will help the Working Group determine its next steps, as well as its final recommendations to Convocation.

Written submissions should be submitted to the Law Society to:

Ekua Quansah, Policy Counsel
The Law Society of Upper Canada
Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N6

or 1-800-668-7380 ext. 3425

Developing Strategies for Change: Addressing Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees

Consultation Paper

Challenges for Racialized Licensees - Stratcom Final Report

Equity Advisory Committee Submission in Response to Stratcom Report

Law Society Studies and Scan of Best Practices

Results from Informal Engagements

Community Liaison Report

Fact Sheet

The following written submissions received as a result of the call for submissions. The authors have consented to the public release of their submissions. If you face difficulties in accessing the submissions, please contact Josée Bouchard at the contact information listed above.

Arab Canadian Lawyers Association

Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario - French submissions

Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario - English translation

Association of Law Officers of the Crown

Canadian Association of Black Lawyers

Canadian Association of Muslim Women Lawyers in Law

Canadian Association of Somali Lawyers

Canadian Hispanic Bar Association

Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association

Dhaliwal, Manpreet; Kassam, Abbas; de Mello, Toni; Dabo, Anne-Karine

Dosanjh, Balraj

Equity Advisory Group of the Law Society of Upper Canada

Family Lawyers Association

Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers

Girvan, Robert

Human Rights Legal Support Centre

Indigenous Bar Association

Law Firm


Law Students Society of Ontario

Luu, Molly

Ontario Bar Association

Ontario Paralegal Association

Professor John Packer

Scorey, Andrew

Dean Lorne Sossin

South Asian Bar Association

St. Patrick Baxter, Michael

The Advocates' Society

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law Students

University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, Equity and Diversity Committee

Jun Cai Wang

Women Paralegal Association of Ontario