Mobility within Canada, also known as interjurisdictional practice of law, allows lawyers to practise outside of their own province or jurisdiction if they are a member of a Canadian Law Society. To qualify, lawyers must meet the following criteria:
- Be providing temporary legal services in another jurisdiction or with respect to the law of another jurisdiction, or
- Be a member of the governing body of another jurisdiction.
- Be in good standing with your regulator who participates in the National Mobility Agreement and hold the required level of liability insurance.
- Work less than 100 calendar days in the different province/territory from your own.
It should be noted, Quebec has not implemented the National Mobility Agreement and therefore falls under the Interjurisdictional Protocol. A member of Quebec may temporarily practise for up to 10 matters, for up to 20 days in a calendar year before being required to apply for a Visiting Lawyer Permit. If you are travelling to or moving from Quebec, you will be subject to additional rules and restrictions.
If you are looking to change jurisdictions permanently (transferring), you must maintain your status in your home province until being called to the bar in your new jurisdiction.
Additional information can be found in the following Frequently Asked Questions documents.