Model Code of Professional Conduct

Canadians expect members of the legal profession to conduct themselves ethically in accordance with high standards of professionalism set out in enforceable rules of conduct.  A core function of Canada’s law societies is to set these rules and ensure they are respected through a complaints and discipline process.

The Federation’s Standing Committee on the Model Code has been working on an online tool, the Interactive Model Code of Professional Conduct, that links the provisions in the Model Code to the matching or related provisions in every law society in Canada.

 Matching of Model Code Provisions in the Interactive Model Code of Professional Conduct

Every provision in the Model Code has been matched with the corresponding provision in each provincial or territorial code.  As a result, the provincial codes are not always displayed in their actual order. Where the Model Code provision has been implemented in a jurisdiction, the matching provision from the jurisdiction appears first. If a jurisdiction has added other related rules, these rules have been matched to the provision in the Model Code determined to be the most relevant. Any added rules appear after the matching implemented Model Code rule.

Request for Feedback on Proposed Amendments to the Model Code

The Federation’s Standing Committee on the Model Code is seeking feedback on draft amendments to the Model Code. The proposed amendments in the 2017 Model Code Consultation Report address:

  • technological competence,
  • return to the practice of law by former judges, and
  • an amendment to the rule on encouraging respect for the administration of justice.

Feedback on any or all of the proposed amendments is welcome.  Please send comments to

The Standing Committee will carefully consider the substantive feedback it receives, making further changes to the proposed draft amendments as appropriate. The deadline for providing feedback on the proposed amendments is May 30, 2017.

The final amendments will be presented to the Council of the Federation for approval in December 2017 and then submitted to the law societies for adoption and implementation.