Mandatory CLE requirements vary widely from province to province. We have up to date information below, but please consult your provincal law society or territorial bar for details. Where possible our CLE is accredited.
AB: CDL programs receive accreditation by the Alberta Insurance Council. Click here for more information
BC: CDL is a Pre-Approved CPD Provider. Requirements: The Law Society requires that, each calendar year, all practising BC lawyers complete and report completion online of at least 12 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) in accredited educational activities. At least two of the 12 hours must pertain to any combination of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, or practice management.
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NB: CDL is a Pre-Approved CPD Provider. Requirements: 12 hours per calendar year. Click here for more information
ON: Lawyers and Paralegals are required to complete a minimum of 3 Professionalism Hours (professional responsibility, ethics and/or practice management) and up to 9 Substantive Hours per calendar year. Between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2020, lawyers and paralegals must complete a total of 3 Professionalism Hours that focus on advancing equality, diversity and inclusion in the lawyer and paralegal professions. All CDL Seminars can be applied towards 9 of the 12 hours of annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) required by the Law Society of Ontario. Canadian Defence Lawyers has been approved as an Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content by the Law Society of Ontario.
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QC: Individual lawyers report their CPD hours personnally. Requirements: 30 hours every 2 years (April 1 - March 31). Click here for more information
SK: CDL is a Pre-Approved CPD Provider. Requirements: 36 hours over 3 years with no less than 6 of those hours toward Ethics, Click here for more information
MB: A practising lawyer must complete one hour of eligible continuing professional development activites for each month in a calander year. If a lawyer maintaned active practising status for 3 or more months, one and a half hours of the ttoal hours must relate to ethics, professional responsibility or practise management. Click here for more information.
NS: The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society requires all practising lawyers to create an annual professional development plan and commit it to writing (see Regulation 8.3.6). Each year, lawyers will be asked to indicate on their Annual Lawyer Report whether they have prepared and written their CPD Plan and implemented their plan from the previous year. Click here for more information.
PE: All practising members of the Law Society of PEI must complete and report at least 24 hours of continuing professional development by June 30 every two years on their Form 6. See the Mandatory Continuing Development Policy and Regulations for complete information.. Click here for more information.
NF: The Law Society of Newfoundland & Labrador: Every practicing member of the Law Society is required to participate in a minimum of 15 hours of eligible Continuing Legal Education (CLE) activities annually. Click here for more information