As the national voice of Canada’s law societies, the Federation of Law Societies of Canada provides its views to the federal government on a number of issues related to the governance of the legal profession and core values of public importance.

Bill C-59 – An Act respecting national security measures

Bill C-86 – Statutory Review of A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 27, 2018 and other measures

Draft Income Tax Legislative Proposals 

Submission on Bill C-75 – An Act to amend the Criminal Code, the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other Acts and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

Submission on Bill C-58 – An Act to amend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

Submission on the Department of Finance White Paper in support of Parliament’s 5-year review of the Proceeds of Crime (Money-Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act.

Submissions on the preservation of solicitor-client privilege

Submission to the House of Commons Finance Committee during its statutory review of the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act

Comments on Bill C-58 and the preservation of solicitor-client privilege,

Supplemental Submission on Deposit Insurance Review Consultation

Bill C-39 “An Act to amend the Criminal Code (unconstitutional provisions) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts” and Bill C-51 “An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Department of Justice Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act.”

Public Safety Canada Consultation on Our Security, Our Rights:  National Security Green Paper, 2016

Deposit Insurance Review Consultation

Process for Superior Court Judicial Appointments 

Possibilities for Further Reform of the Federal Judicial Discipline Process

Proposed Governance for IP Agents

Bill C-44, An Act to Amend the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act and other Acts

Bill C-377, Private Members Bill to Amend the Income Tax Act

Bill C-4, A Second Act to Implement Certain Provisions of the Budget

Bill C-48, Technical Tax Amendments Act (2012)

Review of the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act

Bill C-61, An Act Freezing Assets of Corrupt Regimes

Bill C-33, An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (certificate and special advocate) and to make a consequential amendment to another Act

International Trade Negotiations

  • The Federation is regularly consulted by the federal government on matters relating to negotiations on trade in services. The Federation’s goal is to ensure that any liberalization in access to the Canadian legal services market by legal professionals from other countries does not compromise the protection of the public. Most law societies in Canada have, for example, enacted rules to permit lawyers licensed in other countries to practice here as foreign legal consultants provided they comply with licensing, insurance and related requirements. The Federation has provided ongoing feedback to the government on proposals to expand the rights of foreign legal consultants.