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

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The Law Society of Upper Canada has been collecting self-identification data in the Lawyer Annual Report since 2009. The structure of the survey at the time permitted the lawyer to opt to pass over the question and provide no response. This option has been modified so that, while a lawyer can still decline to self-identify, the person must now so indicate by expressly entering this response.

The response rate for each question is as follows:

Aboriginal 88.8%
Racialized 77.4%
Sexual orientation 81.9%
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

Profession Population
18.6 % 25.9 %

Representation in profession vs. representation in Ontario Population – Aboriginal

Profession Population
1.5 % 2.3 %

Racialized & Aboriginal by percentage of respondents

Race % of Respondents
First Nations 1
Inuk 0.01
Métis 0.5
Arab 0.8
Black (e.g., African-Canadian, African, Caribbean) 3.1
Chinese 3.3
East-Asian (e.g., Japanese, Korean) 1.3
Latin American, Hispanic 0.6
South Asian (e.g., Indo-Canadian, Indian Subcontinent) 6.2
South-East Asian 0.7
West Asian (e.g., Iranian, Afghan) 1.0
More than one Racialized Group 0.4
Racialized and White 1.2
White 80

Type of Licence by Racialization (%)

Group Sole Practice Law Firm Partner Law Firm Associate Law Firm Employee Legal Clinic In House Government Education Retired or Not Working Other and New Licensees
First Nations and Inuk 25 8 12 3 3 8 22 3 5 11
Métis 23 7 19 5 1 4 23 1 5 12
Arab 20 11 24 6 3 10 11 0 9 7
Black 28 6 13 2 4 10 18 1 6 11
Chinese 18 8 23 2 2 17 12 0 5 12
East Asian 14 13 19 2 1 16 16 1 5 12
Latino 21 9 25 3 3 12 11 2 4 9
South Asian 27 8 18 3 2 12 11 2 5 11
Southeast Asian 27 10 20 3 1 10 12 1 5 11
West Asian 24 4 26 5 0 14 10 1 4 12
More than One Racialized Group 18 5 27 3 5 10 16 1 4 11
Racialized and White 11 8 22 3 3 14 18 1 6 13

Gender

Women Men
43.1 % 56.9 %

Type of Licence by Gender (%)

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Francophone

Type of Licence by Francophone Identity and Ability to Provide Legal Advice in French (%)

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Disability

Type of Licence by Presence of a Disability (%)

Note: Compared to population estimates, the number of lawyers self-reporting disability is inexplicably low. Further sampling over time may have to be conducted.

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Sexual Orientation

Type of Licence by Sexual Orientation (%)

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Full data

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