Addendum signed to include Quebec notaries in National Mobility Agreement

Canada’s law societies have taken another step in the implementation of national mobility for members of the legal profession with the formal signing of an Addendum to the Quebec Mobility Agreement, extending Canada’s national mobility regime to Quebec notaries.

The signing ceremony was held March 15, 2012 during the Federation’s Semi-Annual Conference in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

“When the members of the Federation entered into the National Mobility Agreement in 2002 and the Territorial Mobility Agreement in 2006, we established ourselves as leaders in professional mobility” the President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, John J.L. Hunter, Q.C., told the representatives at the signing ceremony.

The Addendum, Mr Hunter noted, means there is now a system of mobility in Canada that permits every Canadian lawyer and Quebec notary to move between jurisdictions.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment”, Mr. Hunter said. “In crafting a mobility regime that covers lawyers and notaries from common law and civil law jurisdictions we have perhaps demonstrated that despite our different legal traditions we are more alike than we are different. And that is something of which we should be very proud”.

Federation President John J.L. Hunter, Q.C. with Chambre des notaires President Jean Lambert (left)