MCLE - Ontario

Detailed jurisdiction information about MCLE regulations and general information accreditation of ABA CLE events, webinars, teleconferences, and on-demand CLE courses

MCLE Requirements

Credit hours required: 12 hours per reporting period

Specialty credits required: 3 hours of professional responsibility, legal ethics and/or practice management for experienced (practicing 2+ years) lawyers (professionalism hours) and 12 hours of professional responsibility, legal ethics and/or practice management for new lawyers in their first 2 full years of practicing law or providing legal services (new lawyer CPD) (continuing professional development)

Length of reporting period: 1 year

Compliance date: December 31

Compliance group: All attorneys

Reporting date: December 31

Minutes per credit hour: 60 minutes, rounded down to the  nearest quarter hour.

Limit on credit hours for recorded programs: No limit. Attorneys can earn all CPD hours via recorded programs so long as the program formats have an interactive component. ABA recorded product formats listed below are approved in Ontario. 

Attendance Reporting Procedure: Attorneys must self-report completion of CPD requirements each reporting period through the online LSUC Portal. Neither the ABA nor attorneys send certificates of attendance to the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Approval of ABA Programs

The Law Society of Upper Canada only requires professionalism hours (experienced lawyers) and new lawyer CPD to be accredited and does not require substantive hours to be accredited. The ABA applies for accreditation of professionalism hours and new lawyer CPD for select programs on a program-by-program basis and is generally approved for the following formats

Approved ABA Live Program Formats
Live, in-person meetings (e.g., National Institutes)
Live Webinars and Teleconferences

Approved ABA CLE Product Formats
On-Demand Online courses

Recorded audio/video programs are approved for a one-year period from the original production/recording date. Interactivity is required for recorded product use.  

Contact Information

The Law Society of Upper Canada 
Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N6
(416) 947-3315 / (800) 668-7380

A Note About MCLE Credit

The content on this page is for informational and educational purposes only. Each state has its own rules and regulations indicating what qualifies for CLE credit.  Certain programs, subjects, and formats may not receive credit in some states and there may be specific rules regarding who may earn credit or the maximum number of credit hours that may be earned with specific formats.  Please contact your state MCLE regulatory entity for specific questions about your MCLE rules.