APEC economy: Canada; Jurisdiction: Nunavut

Temporary practice ('fly-in, fly-out' practice)

There is no express rule allowing temporary practice by foreign lawyers.

Limited licensing of foreign lawyers (foreign legal consultant rules)

A foreign lawyer cannot obtain a limited licence entitling them to offer advisory services in foreign and international law (ie become a foreign legal consultant).

Full licensing

A foreign lawyer can obtain a full licence to practise law in this jurisdiction.

The relevant legislation is the Legal Profession Act and the Rules of the Law Society of Nunavut.

In order to obtain a full licence to practise law in this jurisdiction, foreign lawyers must apply to the National Committee on Accreditation for evaluation of the legal credentials and experience, in the same manner as for other Canadian jurisdictions. These requirements are different from the rules applicable to a local applicant in that most local applicants would have a Canadian law degree, thus would not have to apply to the National Committee on Accreditation.

Commercial association between lawyers and law firms

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Other regulatory issues

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Category Name Website or other contact details
Organisation(s) that controls licensing of lawyers Law Society of Canada www.lsuc.on.ca
Peak professional association representing the legal profession Canadian Bar Association - Ontario Branch www.oba.org
Other associations playing a significant role in developing policy for the legal profession Federation of the Law Societies of Canada www.flsc.ca

Other issues

In Canada, regulation of the legal profession is the exclusive responsibility of the Provincial and Territorial Law Societies. Law Societies are mandated by provincial law and territorial legislation to regulate the profession in the public interest. This includes setting rules governing admission to the profession. As such, the regulation of foreign lawyers who wish to practise in Canada is governed by the rules of the individual Law Societies. Law Societies are not representatives of, or advocates for, the profession. That role is fulfilled by organisations such as the Canadian Bar Association and its branches.