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LSUC Survey – Challenges faced by racialized licensees

As part of its commitment to advancing equity and diversity in the legal profession, the Law Society is conducting a comprehensive online survey about the challenges faced by racialized licensees.

The survey is available online from October 25 to November 18, 2013.  The survey is being conducted by an independent consulting firm and is part of an initiative led by the Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group*.

Created by Convocation in 2012, the working group’s mandate is to investigate the challenges faced by racialized licensees and consider strategies for enhanced inclusion at all career stages. This summer, we held several focus groups to gather input from interested, racialized licensees. The online survey is the second part of the consultation.

All licensed paralegals and lawyers who are in good standing are invited to participate in this online survey.

Reports will not reveal the identity of survey participants nor attribute members with any of their responses. All results will be presented in aggregate.

Findings and recommendations will help enhance the Law Society’s service to all members, the justice system — and ultimately — the public.

If you have questions or comments about the project, please contact Josée Bouchard, Equity Advisor, at

*‘Racialized’ expresses race as the process by which groups are socially constructed, as well as to modes of self-identification related to race, and includes Arab, Black (e.g. African-Canadian, African, Caribbean), Chinese, East-Asian (e.g. Japanese, Korean), Latin American and Hispanic, South Asian (e.g. Indo-Canadian, Indian Subcontinent), South-East Asian (e.g. Vietnamese, Cambodian, Thai, Filipino), and West Asian (e.g. Iranian, Afghan) persons.