Membership Statistics

Lawyers by age and gender

Age Range Total Male %-M Female %-F
Age Range: Under 30 Total: 3,557 Male: 1,521 %-M: 3.0% Female: 2,036 %-F: 4.0%
Age Range: 30 - 39 Total: 13,231 Male: 6,209 %-M: 12.3% Female: 7,022 %-F: 13.9%
Age Range: 40 - 49 Total: 11,510 Male: 5,781 %-M: 11.4% Female: 5,729 %-F: 11.3%
Age Range: 50 - 65 Total: 14,693 Male: 9,240 %-M: 18.3% Female: 5,453 %-F: 10.8%
Age Range: Over 65 Total: 7,597 Male: 6,589 %-M: 13.0% Female: 1,008 %-F: 2.0%
Age Range: Total Total: 50,588 Male: 29,340 %-M: 58.0% Female: 21,248 %-F: 42.0%

Notes:

  1. Data as of December 31, 2016
  2. % is based on total
  3. Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding
  4. These statistics do not include honorary lawyers, lawyers appointed to judicial office, or lawyers whose licences were suspended on December 31, 2016

Paralegals by age and gender

Age Range Total Male %-M Female %-F
Age Range: Under 30 Total: 2,252 Male: 505 %-M: 6.2% Female: 1,747 %-F: 21.5%
Age Range: 30 - 39 Total: 2,058 Male: 596 %-M: 7.3% Female: 1,462 %-F: 18.0%
Age Range: 40 - 49 Total: 1,560 Male: 649 %-M: 8.0% Female: 911 %-F: 11.2%
Age Range: 50 - 65 Total: 1,904 Male: 999 %-M: 12.3% Female: 905 %-F: 11.1%
Age Range: Over Age 65 Total: 363 Male: 298 %-M: 3.7% Female: 65 %-F: 0.8%
Age Range: Total Total: 8,137 Male: 3,047 %-M: 37.4% Female: 5,090 %-F: 62.6%

Notes:

  1. Data as of December 31, 2016
  2. % is based on total
  3. Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding
  4. These statistics do not include honorary paralegals, paralegals appointed to judicial office, or paralegals whose licences were suspended on December 31, 2016

Geographical distribution of lawyers

Geographic Area Total Male %-M Female %-F
Geographic Area: Metropolitan Toronto Total: 24,915 Male: 14,188 %-M: 28.0% Female: 10,727 %-F: 21.2%
Geographic Area: Ontario (excl. Metro Toronto) Total: 21,177 Male: 12,778 %-M: 25.3% Female: 8,399 %-F: 16.6%
Geographic Area: Canada (excl. Ontario) Total: 2,637 Male: 1,421 %-M: 2.8% Female: 1,216 %-F: 2.4%
Geographic Area: Outside Canada Total: 1,859 Male: 953 %-M: 1.9% Female: 906 %-F: 1.8%
Geographic Area: Total Total: 50,588 Male: 29,340 %-M: 58.0% Female: 21,248 %-F: 42.0%

Notes:

  1. Data as of December 31, 2016
  2. % is based on total
  3. Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding
  4. These statistics do not include honorary lawyers, lawyers appointed to judicial office, or lawyers whose licences were suspended on December 31, 2016

Geographical distribution of paralegals

Geographic Area Total Male %-M Female %-F
Geographic Area: Metropolitan Toronto Total: 3,115 Male: 1,154 %-M: 14.2% Female: 1,961 %-F: 24.1%
Geographic Area: Ontario (excl. Metro Toronto) Total: 4,897 Male: 1,846 %-M: 22.7% Female: 3,051 %-F: 37.5%
Geographic Area: Canada (excl. Ontario) Total: 101 Male: 35 %-M: 0.4% Female: 66 %-F: 0.8%
Geographic Area: Outside Canada Total: 24 Male: 12 %-M: 0.1% Female: 12 %-F: 0.1%
Geographic Area: Total Total: 8,137 Male: 3,047 %-M: 37.4% Female: 5,090 %-F: 62.6%

Notes:

  1. Data as of December 31, 2016
  2. % is based on total
  3. Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding
  4. These statistics do not include honorary paralegals, paralegals appointed to judicial office, or paralegals whose licences were suspended on December 31, 2016

Lawyers by type of employment

Type of Employment Total Male %-M Female %-F
Type of Employment: Sole Practitioner Total: 8,789 Male: 6,133 %-M: 15.6% Female: 2,656 %-F: 6.8%
Type of Employment: Partner Total: 6,969 Male: 5,273 %-M: 13.4% Female: 1,696 %-F: 4.3%
Type of Employment: Employee Total: 1,184 Male: 656 %-M: 1.7% Female: 528 %-F: 1.3%
Type of Employment: Associate Total: 7,335 Male: 3,860 %-M: 9.8% Female: 3,475 %-F: 8.8%
Type of Employment: Education Total: 552 Male: 226 %-M: 0.6% Female: 326 %-F: 0.8%
Type of Employment: Government Total: 5,679 Male: 2,346 %-M: 6.0% Female: 3,333 %-F: 8.5%
Type of Employment: In-House Total: 4,959 Male: 2,496 %-M: 6.4% Female: 2,463 %-F: 6.3%
Type of Employment: Legal Clinic Total: 549 Male: 170 %-M: 0.4% Female: 379 %-F: 1.0%
Type of Employment: Other Total: 3,275 Male: 1,693 %-M: 4.3% Female: 1,582 %-F: 4.0%
Type of Employment: Total Total: 39,291 Male: 22,853 %-M: 58.2% Female: 16,438 %-F: 41.8%

Paralegals by type of employment

Type of Employment Total Male %-M Female %-F
Type of Employment: Sole Practitioner Total: 1,601 Male: 1,005 %-M: 15.8% Female: 596 %-F: 9.4%
Type of Employment: Partner Total: 167 Male: 105 %-M: 1.7% Female: 62 %-F: 1.0%
Type of Employment: Employee Total: 775 Male: 265 %-M: 4.2% Female: 510 %-F: 8.0%
Type of Employment: Associate Total: 181 Male: 74 %-M: 1.2% Female: 107 %-F: 1.7%
Type of Employment: Education Total: 52 Male: 9 %-M: 0.1% Female: 43 %-F: 0.7%
Type of Employment: Government Total: 552 Male: 157 %-M: 2.5% Female: 395 %-F: 6.2%
Type of Employment: In-House Total: 396 Male: 181 %-M: 2.8% Female: 215 %-F: 3.4%
Type of Employment: Legal Clinic Total: 111 Male: 17 %-M: 0.3% Female: 94 %-F: 1.5%
Type of Employment: Other Total: 2,521 Male: 616 %-M: 9.7% Female: 1,905 %-F: 30.0%
Type of Employment: Total Total: 6,356 Male: 2,429 %-M: 38.2% Female: 3,927 %-F: 61.8%

Law Firms/Paralegal Firms

Law Firms by Size, and Number of Licensees by Size of Law Firm

Size Per Number of Licensees Firms %[a] Licensees %[b]
Size Per Number of Licensees: 1 lawyer Firms: 7,966 %[a]: 74.5% Licensees: 7,966 %[b]: 32.8%
Size Per Number of Licensees: 2 - 10 lawyers/paralegals Firms: 2,464 %[a]: 23.1% Licensees: 7,506 %[b]: 30.9%
Size Per Number of Licensees: 11 - 25 lawyers/paralegals Firms: 180 %[a]: 1.7% Licensees: 2,613 %[b]: 10.7%
Size Per Number of Licensees: 26 - 50 lawyers/paralegals Firms: 47 %[a]: 0.4% Licensees: 1,605 %[b]: 6.6%
Size Per Number of Licensees: 51+ lawyers/paralegals Firms: 32 %[a]: 0.3% Licensees: 4,629 %[b]: 19.0%
Size Per Number of Licensees: Total Firms: 10,689 %[a]: 100.0% Licensees: 24,319 %[b]: 100.0%

Notes:

  1. These statistics are based on law firms reported as a primary business for a licensee
  2. [a] % is based on total Firms
  3. [b] % is based on total Licensees
  4. Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding
  5. Data as of December 31, 2016

Paralegal Firms by Size, and Number of Licensees by Size of Paralegal Firm

Size Per Number of Licensees Firms %[a] Licensees %[b]
Size Per Number of Licensees: 1 paralegal Firms: 1,552 %[a]: 88.3% Licensees: 1,552 %[b]: 74.9%
Size Per Number of Licensees: 2 lawyers/paralegals Firms: 136 %[a]: 7.7% Licensees: 227 %[b]: 11.0%
Size Per Number of Licensees: 3 lawyers/paralegals Firms: 31 %[a]: 1.8% Licensees: 78 %[b]: 3.8%
Size Per Number of Licensees: 4 lawyers/paralegals Firms: 14 %[a]: 0.8% Licensees: 43 %[b]: 2.1%
Size Per Number of Licensees: 5 lawyers/paralegals Firms: 7 %[a]: 0.4% Licensees: 31 %[b]: 1.5%
Size Per Number of Licensees: 6 - 10 lawyers/paralegals Firms: 11 %[a]: 0.6% Licensees: 53 %[b]: 2.6%
Size Per Number of Licensees: 11 - 25 lawyers/paralegals Firms: 5 %[a]: 0.3% Licensees: 45 %[b]: 2.2%
Size Per Number of Licensees: 26 - 50 lawyers/paralegals Firms: 1 %[a]: 0.1% Licensees: 44 %[b]: 2.1%
Size Per Number of Licensees: 51+ lawyers/paralegals Firms: 0 %[a]: 0.0% Licensees: 0 %[b]: 0.0%
Size Per Number of Licensees: Total Firms: 1,757 %[a]: 100.0% Licensees: 2,073 %[b]: 100.0%

Notes:

  1. These statistics are based on paralegal firms reported as a primary business for a licensee
  2. [a] % is based on total Firms
  3. [b] % is based on total Licensees
  4. Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding
  5. Data as of December 31, 2016

Snapshot: Lawyers

Statistical Snapshot of Lawyers from the Lawyer Annual Report (LAR) 2015

Aboriginal 88.8%
Racialized 77.4%
Sexual orientation 82.9%
Francophone 90.4%
Able to provide legal services in French 84.7%
Disability 84.5%
Gender 100%

Race and Aboriginal

Representation in profession vs. representation in Ontario Population - Racialized

Racialized Profession: 18.6% Population: 25.9%

Representation in profession vs. representation in Ontario Population - Aboriginal

Aboriginal Profession: 1.5% Population: 2.3%

Racialized & Aboriginal by percentage of respondents

Race % of Respondents
First Nations % of Respondents: 1.0