Job Market update, delivered Dec, 2021.  Next update Dec, 2022

https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/marketreport/outlook-occupation/16074/ON

 

JOB PROSPECTS Lawyer in Ontario

Job opportunities for Lawyers and Quebec notaries (NOC 4112) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a lawyer.

Note: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. 

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Job opportunities in Ontario: Lawyer

Prospects over the next 3 years: Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Lawyers and Quebec notaries (NOC 4112) in Ontario for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.

  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.

  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Here are some key facts about Lawyers and Quebec notaries in the Ontario region:

Breakdown by region

Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.

Location                                                                              Job prospects

Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region                              Fair/Fair

Kingston–Pembroke Region                                             Fair/Fair

Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region                                 Fair/Fair

London Region                                                                   Fair/Fair

Muskoka–Kawarthas Region                                            Fair/Fair

Northeast Region                                                               Fair/Fair

Northwest Region                                                              Fair/Fair

Ottawa Region                                                                    Fair/Fair

Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region                                   Fair/Fair

Toronto Region                                                                   Fair/Fair

Windsor-Sarnia Region                                                      Fair/Fair

Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

We expect that the labour supply and demand for Lawyers and Quebec notaries (NOC 4112) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

  • Approximately 45,100 people work in this occupation.

  • Lawyers and Quebec notaries mainly work in the following sectors:

    • Legal services (NAICS 5411): 73%

    • Federal government public administration (NAICS 911): 6%

    • Provincial and territorial public administration (NAICS 912): 5%

  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:

    • Full-time workers: 94% compared to 79% for all occupations

    • Part-time workers: 6% compared to 21% for all occupations

  • 70% of lawyers and Quebec notaries work all year, while 30% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 36 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.

  • 39% of lawyers and Quebec notaries are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.

 

Job opportunities in Ontario: Paralegal

Prospects over the next 3 years: Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Paralegal and related occupations (NOC 4211) in Ontario for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment is expected to remain relatively stable.

  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.

  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

What Types of Employers Are Out There?

  • Most work in legal services at offices of lawyers, notaries, and paralegals

  • A smaller number work in public administration and finance, insurance, real estate and leasing

What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?

  • Steady demand for legal services overall may help support work in this occupation.

  • Demand for more affordable legal services through paralegal offices though paralegals can only offer a certain scope of services.

  • Consolidation and mergers of law firms and greater use of technology to streamline some job functions over the long term may temper job growth in this occupation.

What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?

  • The Law Society of Ontario regulates and licenses paralegals in Ontario.

  • A college diploma, graduate certificate, or bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies is required to become a licensed paralegal.

  • Notaries public require a licence from the Government of Ontario.

  • Trademark agents require registration with the federal Trade-Mark Office.

 

What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?

Some paralegals may choose to specialize in certain fields of law.

Here are some key facts about Paralegal and related occupations in the Ontario region:

 

Breakdown by region

Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.

Location                                                                                 Job prospects

Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region                                 Fair/Fair

Kingston–Pembroke Region                                                Fair/Fair

Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region                                    Fair/Fair

London Region                                                                      Fair/Fair

Muskoka–Kawarthas Region                                               Fair/Fair

Northeast Region                                                                 Fair/Fair

Northwest Region                                                                Fair/Fair

Ottawa Region                                                                      Fair/Fair

Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region                                      Fair/Fair

Toronto Region                                                                     Fair/Fair

Windsor-Sarnia Region                                                        Fair/Fair

Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

We expect that the labour supply and demand for Paralegal and related occupations (NOC 4211) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

  • Approximately 18,000 people work in this occupation.

  • Paralegal and related occupations mainly work in the following sectors:

    • Legal services (NAICS 5411): 80%

  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:

    • Full-time workers: 89% compared to 79% for all occupations

    • Part-time workers: 11% compared to 21% for all occupations

  • 72% of paralegal and related occupations work all year, while 28% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 31 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.

  • 12% of paralegal and related occupations are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.