The CPD requirement recognizes a range of Eligible Educational Activities, including attendance at CPD programs delivered in a variety of formats. CPD programs are formal, instruction-based sessions and may be offered by organizations such as education providers, law associations, law firms, government associations and industry groups. As of May 30, 2013, lawyers and paralegals may claim the following types of participation in CPD programs toward the CPD requirement:
- Attendance in person, online or by telephone, at live CPD programs and courses that provide an opportunity to interact with colleagues and/or instructors. This must include the ability to ask questions, directly or indirectly, e.g., the ability to email a question to the content provider during the online presentation
- Viewing or listening to recorded or archived CPD programs and courses with at least one colleague
- Participation in an interactive, online course
- Viewing or listening to archived or recorded CPD programs or courses without a colleague for a maximum of 6 hours per year
Alternate Educational Activities
In addition, a range of alternate educational activities are eligible for CPD Hours:
- Participation as a registrant in a college, university or other designated educational institution program, including interactive distance education
- Teaching to a maximum of 6 hours per year. Actual teaching time will be multiplied by a factor of 3 to reflect preparation time
- Acting as a judge or coach in a mooting competition is an eligible teaching activity to a maximum of 6 hours per year
- Writing and editing books or articles with or without a co-author to a maximum of 6 hours per year
- Mentoring, being mentored, providing coach or advisor support, participating in a coach or advisor program, acting as an articling principal, or supervising an LPP work placement or paralegal field placement
- Participation in study groups of 2 or more colleagues
- Educational components of bar and law association meetings
Eligible activities will not be limited to subject matter dealing primarily with the practice of Ontario or Canadian law. Subject matter related to the law of other provinces and countries and non-legal subjects will be eligible if relevant to the lawyer’s or paralegal's practice and development as a practitioner.
See Eligible Educational Activities.