CPD Accreditation FAQs

LexisNexis Canada has been approved as an Accredited Provider of Substantive and Professionalism Content in Ontario. Eligibility may vary based on provincial regulations. Please claim in accordance with your law society reporting requirements for CPD.

1. What is a CPD and what is the purpose?
Continuing Professional Development ("CPD") is defined as the maintenance and enhancement of a lawyer's or paralegal's professional knowledge, skills, attitudes, and professionalism throughout the individual's career. It is a positive tool that benefits lawyers and paralegals and is an essential component of the commitment they make to the public to practice law or provide legal services competently and ethically. The Law Society has an important role to play in supporting the efforts of lawyers and paralegals to maintain and enhance that competence.

2. Does the accreditation apply for my province?
CPD content providers such as LexisNexis Canada must submit requests for pre-approval in several provinces before allowing recipients to claim CPD accreditation. This includes the Law Society of British Columbia, Law Society of Ontario, and the Law Society of New Brunswick. Eligibility to claim the CPD credit in other provinces are based on the governing body’s discretion. Please check your provincial requirements here:

British Columbia: Continuing Professional Development | The Law Society of British Columbia
Alberta: CPD Plan Requirements and Tool - Law Society of Alberta
Saskatchewan: CPD Policy (lawsociety.sk.ca), https://www.lawsociety.sk.ca/continuing-professional-development/cpd-policy/reporting-cpd-hours/
Manitoba: Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) - The Law Society of Manitoba
Ontario: CPD Accreditation - Lawyer | Law Society of Ontario (lso.ca)
Quebec: I am a Canadian lawyer (barreau.qc.ca)
New Brunswick: CPD Activity Accreditation - Law Society of New Brunswick (lawsociety-barreau.nb.ca)
Newfoundland: Education - The Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador (lsnl.ca)
Nova Scotia: Professional Development - Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society (nsbs.org)
Prince Edward Island: Continuing Professional Development - PEI Lawyers - Law Society of Prince Edward Island (lawsocietypei.ca)
Northwest Territories: Continued Professional Development (CPD) - The Law Society of the Northwest Territories (QA)
Yukon: CPD Requirements - Law Society of Yukon (lawsocietyyukon.com)
Nunavut: Home | Law Society of Nunavut

3. Does the webinar cover College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants CPD?
According to their website, CPD content providers must submit requests for approval and it appears that this must be done on a per event basis. Unless the hosted event / webinar / podcast has stated so, it may not be eligible for this specific CPD credit. Refer to this page for more information.

4. Does the webinar qualify for Barreau de Québec CPD?
Quebec lawyers can log our training and our webinars into their continuous training hours provided the topic of the training or of the webinar, relevant to their practice. However, not all our training and webinars are accredited by the Quebec Bar and most Podcasts are included. Please check requirements for eligibility with the Barreau de Québec.

5. Does the CPD webinar qualify in Saskatchewan?
Law Society of Saskatchewan (LSSK) members can refer to the CPD Policy website, found here: CPD Policy (lawsociety.sk.ca). To submit a CPD activity for approval, members can now submit the request within their Member Profile, rather than submitting a separate form via the Law Society website. The member can simply click on “Cannot find activity” in their Member Profile, complete the required information and submit it for approval by Law Society Administration. Once approved, the member can report their hours for the activity in their Member Profile.

6. What is the difference between Substantive and Professionalism CPD?
Substantive CPD credits are credits that are earned by attending educational programs or activities that are directly related to the lawyer’s practice area and enhance their professional knowledge, skills and judgment. Professionalism CPD credits are credits that are earned by attending educational programs or activities that are related to the lawyer’s professional responsibilities and ethical obligations. These credits help lawyers develop their professional judgment and interpersonal skills.

For additional information or inquiries, please contact events@lexisnexis.ca.