Statistical Snapshot of Paralegals from the Paralegal Annual Report (PAR) 2015

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The Law Society of Upper Canada has been collecting self-identification data in the Paralegal Annual Report since 2009. The structure of the survey at the time permitted the paralegal to opt to pass over the question and provide no response. This option has been modified so that, while a paralegal 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 91.6%
Racialized 80.9%
Sexual orientation 85.8%
Francophone 91.8%
Able to provide legal services in French 82.7%
Disability 88.1%
Gender 100%

Race and Aboriginal

Representation in profession vs. representation in Ontario Population – Racialized

Profession Population
35.5% 25.9%

Representation in profession vs. representation in Ontario Population – Aboriginal

Profession Population
1.7% 2.3%

Racialized & Aboriginal by percentage of respondents

Race % of Respondents
First Nations 0.93
Inuk 0.03
Métis 0.72
Arab 1.2
Black (e.g., African-Canadian, African, Caribbean) 7.2
Chinese 5.6
East-Asian (e.g., Japanese, Korean) 1.0
Latin American, Hispanic 4.0
South Asian (e.g., Indo-Canadian, Indian Subcontinent) 9.1
South-East Asian 3.0
West Asian (e.g., Iranian, Afghan) 2.6
More than one Racialized Group 0.7
Racialized and White 1.0
White 62.9

Type of Licence by Racialization (%)

Group Sole Practice Paralegal Firm Partner Paralegal Firm Associate Paralegal Firm Employee Legal Clinic In-House Government Education Retired or Not Working Other and New Licensees
First Nations and Inuk 26 2 0 7 7 4 9 0 20 26
Métis 47 0 6 3 3 6 9 0 16 9
Arab 28 0 2 8 2 5 5 0 23 29
Black 26 1 0 7 1 6 7 1 23 27
Chinese 29 2 0 13 1 2 4 1 22 26
East Asian 13 9 7 20 0 2 4 0 22 24
Latino 21 5 2 11 3 5 9 1 17 26
South Asian 29 3 2 8 1 2 5 0 24 27
Southeast Asian 21 1 3 10 0 5 2 1 26 29
West Asian 24 1 4 13 0 6 4 0 28 19
More than One Group 19 2 0 7 5 5 12 5 24 21
Racialized and White 16 0 5 12 2 0 12 0 23 30

Gender

Gender - Total (%)

Women Men
62 % 38 %

Type of Licence by Gender

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