National Family Law Program



The National Family Law Program was first offered in 1978, and takes place in a different location in Canada every second summer.


Planning for the National Family Law Program in 2018 is already underway. It will be held in June of 2018; the exact date and location are being final;ized.

We are inviting submissions of proposals for Papers/Presentations under the following guidelines:

  1. Summary of topic(s), format of presentation, possible co presenters and estimated time for presentation or workshop.
  2. Presentations and written material must include a national perspective.
  3. Your agreement to participate in other presentations as workshop leader or panelist if needed.
  4. Please include a copy of your curriculum vitae and co presenter’s as well with your submission.
  5. Your agreement to provide an original written paper on the topic(s), short bio for each presenter and summary of the topic to include in conference handbook by May 15, 2018.

Note: Presenters will receive a contribution toward travel and accommodation expenses.

Your written submission must be received no later than May 30, 2017

Please submit your National Family Law proposal by email or mail to Heather Walker (see below for details).

Due to the volume submissions please identify the proposal as a Submission for the 2018 National Family Law Program and, note that on the re: line of the e-mail.

Please continue to refer to this page for program updates.

2016 National Family Law Program Details
All program material was provided to registrants in digital format, and online. The material could be accessed on your computer and/or mobile device during and after the program, and is available online for a period of two (2) years after the closing date of the program.

2016 Program

The following CLE/CPD credits were approved for the 2014 National Family Law Program:
British Columbia           17.5 hours
Yukon                              10 hours plus 2 hours for Ethics
Quebec                            25 hrs
New Brunswick             20 hrs
Ontario                           18.45 total hours
Please note the (Ontario) hours above reflect attendance at the plenary and none of the sessions below, which are eligible for professionalism hours. Attendees of any of the sessions below will need to add the additional professionalism hours provided by these concurrent sessions and deduct the same amount of time from the substantive hours so that their total hours for the entire program do not exceed 18 hours and 45 minutes.

The following concurrent sessions in the program received some professionalism hours:

  • The Access to Justice and Family Law Plenary has been accredited for 30 min. of Professionalism Content.
  • Effective Advocacy in Family Law Mediation session held July 15, 2014 has been accredited for 30 minutes of Professionalism Content. This session is also eligible for up to 45 minutes of Substantive Content.
  • Family Lawyers as Agents of Reason – Reducing Conflict session held on July 16, 2014 has been accredited for 1 hour and 15 minutes of Professionalism Content.
  • Ethical Concerns re Mediation/Arbitration in Family Law held July 16, 2014 has been accredited for 45 minutes of Professionalism Content. This session is also eligible for up to 45 minutes of Substantive Content.

Other jurisdictions are pending.

Inquiries about the National Family Law Program:
Federation of Law Societies of Canada
National Family Law Program
Attention: Heather Walker, Program Coordinator
P.O. Box 244,
Woodville, Ontario
Canada K0M 2T0
Tel: 705.879.3082