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Paralegal and related occupations  (NOC 4211)
Toronto Region
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Provincial Employment Potential Information

The following table identifies employment conditions within Ontario.

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Table on the employment potential for Paralegal and related occupations in Ontario.
Location Employment Potential Release Date
Ontario Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2018-12-07

The employment outlook will be fair for Paralegal and related occupations (NOC 4211) in Ontario for the 2018-2020 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Employment in this occupation has grown over the last decade. The majority of paralegals and related occupations are employed by legal, notary, real estate and paralegal firms. A significant number are also employed in public administration. Over the last few years, several Canadian law firms have merged as part of a wider trend towards consolidation in the industry. Law firms are also taking advantage of technological change and outsourcing to reduce labour costs. These industry-wide trends can be expected to affect future employment opportunities for this occupational group.

The paralegal profession is regulated in Ontario. The Law Society of Upper Canada regulates and licenses paralegals once they pass the paralegal accreditation exam. Related occupations that do not require licencing cannot perform the same duties as licensed paralegals. In Ontario, paralegals can represent clients in Small Claims Court, the Ontario Court of Justice under the Provincial Offences Act, and administrative tribunals. In doing so, they provide an affordable alternative to retaining a lawyer. Although independently operating paralegals can provide these legal services, other occupations in this group, such as law clerks and legal assistants, are not allowed to advise or represent clients.

There are some indications of a large number of paralegals in Ontario, possibly heightening competition for available positions. The large supply of paralegals may partially stem from the availability of many educational programs with relatively low entry requirements.

Here are some key facts about Paralegal and related occupations in the Ontario region:

  • Approximately 17,350 people work in this occupation.
  • Paralegal and related occupations mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Legal services (NAICS 5411): 80%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 89% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 11% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 72% of paralegal and related occupations work all year, while 28% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 31 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • 12% of paralegal and related occupations are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Table on the employment potential for Paralegal and related occupations in Toronto Region as well as in the rest of the Ontario.
    Location Employment Potential Release Date
    Hamilton--Niagara Peninsula Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2018-12-07
    Kingston - Pembroke Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2018-12-07
    Kitchener--Waterloo--Barrie Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2018-12-07
    London Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2018-12-07
    Muskoka-Kawarthas Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2018-12-07
    Northeast Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2018-12-07
    Northwest Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2018-12-07
    Ottawa Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2018-12-07
    Stratford--Bruce Peninsula Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2018-12-07
    Toronto Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2018-12-07
    Windsor-Sarnia Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2018-12-07

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