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1 Confirm your occupation

Legal administrative assistants (1242)

Description

Legal administrative assistants perform a variety of secretarial and administrative duties in law offices, legal departments of large firms, real estate companies, land title offices, municipal, provincial and federal courts and government.
Skill Level B
Skill Type 1

Other titles

  • administrative assistant - legal
  • administrative assistant, commercial law
  • administrative assistant, corporate law
  • administrative assistant, estate
  • administrative assistant, legal
  • administrative assistant, litigation
  • administrative assistant, real estate
  • administrative assistant, trademarks
  • collection legal assistant
  • commercial law administrative assistant
  • commercial law legal assistant
  • commercial law secretary
  • corporate finance legal assistant
  • corporate law administrative assistant
  • corporate law legal assistant
  • corporate law secretary
  • corporate records legal assistant
  • estate administrative assistant
  • estate secretary
  • family law legal assistant
  • foreclosures legal assistant
  • insurance legal assistant
  • labour law legal assistant
  • legal administrative assistant
  • legal assistant
  • legal assistant - criminal law
  • legal assistant, collection
  • legal secretary
  • legal stenographer
  • litigation administrative assistant
  • litigation legal assistant
  • litigation secretary
  • mortgage and real estate legal assistant
  • oil and gas rights legal assistant
  • real estate administrative assistant
  • real estate secretary
  • secretary, litigation
  • secretary, real estate
  • secretary, trademarks
  • tax legal assistant
  • trademark administrative assistant
  • trademark secretary
  • wills and estates legal assistant

2 Confirm the occupational regulations

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Regulations and laws

Regulations and laws governing specific occupations are fixed by provincial and territorial governments around specific occupations.


This occupation is not regulated in Canada. This means that you are not required to be registered with one of the provincial or territorial regulatory authorities to be authorized to practise this occupation in Canada.

Regulated Non-regulated
Mandatory certification, licence, or registration Voluntary certification, licence, or registration No certification, licence, or registration exists
Exclusive right to practise Reserved title Available None
Alberta
British Columbia
Manitoba
New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia
Northwest Territories
Nunavut
Ontario
Prince Edward Island
Quebec
Saskatchewan
Yukon

Definition

Regulated occupation

An occupation controlled by provincial and territorial (and sometimes federal) law, and governed by a regulatory body. About 20 per cent of jobs are in regulated occupations. These include regulated professions (e.g., nursing) and skilled trades (e.g., plumbing).

The law requires you to obtain a certificate, licence, or registration to use the reserved title for the occupation or obtain the exclusive right to practise the occupation. These regulations are intended to protect the health and safety of Canadians by ensuring that professionals meet the required standards of practice and competency.

There are two types of regulation:

  • Exclusive right to practise: A profession whose members are the only ones who can engage in the profession’s activities and use the title allowed them by law. The law defines, among other things, the professional activities strictly reserved for the members of each regulatory body.
  • Reserved title: A profession where only members of a regulatory body can make use of specific titles and abbreviations allowed them by law. Individuals who are not members of that regulatory body may practise the occupation, but they may not use any of these titles or allow others to believe (by using a similar title or abbreviation) they are members of a regulatory body.
Non-regulated occupation:  

A profession or trade for which there is no legal requirement or restriction on practice with regard to licences, certificates, or registration.

  • Voluntary certification, licence, or registration: The province or territory in which voluntary certification, licensing, or registration is available but not required by law..
  • • No certification, licence, or registration exists

3 Learn about credential assessment and recognition

Some organizations in Canada responsible for the recognition of academic credentials may not have the capacity to assess the international academic credentials you are presenting to them. This may be the case when you apply for a job with an employer in a non-regulated occupation.

These organizations may sometimes rely on external academic credential assessment services to support their internal process. Six members of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC) can provide this service.

Upon completion of an academic credential assessment for general purposes, you would receive an assessment report, which in turn could be provided to the organization responsible for the recognition of your international academic credentials.

Get more information on how to obtain an assessment for general purposes under the Additional information tab listed below.

Occupational assessment

Get more information on how to obtain an assessment for general purposes under the Additional information tab listed above.

Immigration

Immigration to Canada

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is the department responsible for immigration to Canada.


The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) - Express Entry

The Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) is an immigration program administered by IRCC. If you intend to immigrate to Canada under the FSWP and obtained your academic credentials outside Canada, one of the requirements is to obtain an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for immigration purposes.1 For more detailed information on IRCC's requirements for this immigration program, visit their Web site.



1. A requirement for immigration purposes ONLY

It is important to note that obtaining an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) is a requirement for immigration purposes only.

It is separate from the process of obtaining a licence to practise from the relevant regulatory authority.

Obtaining a licence to practise is not required to apply to IRCC's FSWP.

Additional information

Before undertaking an academic credential assessment for general purposes, it is extremely important to verify that the regulatory authority, or employer requires and will accept an assessment report issued by one of the six members of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC).

If so, contact one of the academic credential assessment services below to obtain detailed information on:
  • application forms;
  • how to submit your international academic credentials for assessment;
  • timelines and fees for obtaining an academic credential assessment report.

An academic credential assessment for general purposes can take between several weeks to several months to obtain. It is strongly recommended that you begin this process prior to your arrival in Canada.

Although assessment services offer expert advice on how qualifications obtained outside Canada compare with those obtained in Canada, their assessments are advisory only. In Canada, they do not guarantee recognition of your qualifications for:
  • admission at an educational institution;
  • certification, licensing, or registration in an occupation; and/or
  • general employment.

All six members of the Alliance adhere to the Pan-Canadian Quality Assurance Framework for the Assessment of International Academic Credentials, and their assessments are used by many organizations. For more information on the Alliance, please visit its Web site, or use the information below to connect directly with its members.

Alberta

International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
9th floor, 9942 108 Street Edmonton, Alberta T5K2J5 Canada
Telephone : (+1) 780-427-2655
Fax : (+1) 780-422-9734

British Columbia

International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES)
3700 Willingdon Avenue Burnaby, British Columbia V5G3H2 Canada
icesinfo@bcit.ca
Telephone : (+1) 604-434-5734
Fax : (+1) 604-435-7033

Northwest Territories

International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
9th floor, 9942 108 Street Edmonton, Alberta T5K2J5 Canada
Telephone : (+1) 780-427-2655
Fax : (+1) 780-422-9734

Ontario

World Education Services - Canada (WES)
1400 - 2 Carlton Street Toronto, Ontario M5B1J3 Canada
Telephone : (+1) 416-972-0070
Fax : (+1) 416-972-9004
Comparative Education Service (CES)
162 St. George Street, University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies Toronto, Ontario M5S2V8 Canada
ces.info@utoronto.ca
Telephone : (+1) 416-978-0393
Fax : (+1) 416-978-2185
International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS)
102 - 100 Stone Road West Guelph, Ontario N1G5L3 Canada
info@icascanada.ca
Telephone : (+1) 519-763-7282
Fax : (+1) 519-763-6964

Quebec

Ministère de l'Immigration, de la Francisation et Intégration du Québec (MIFI)
Service de l’analyse des diplômes internationaux (SADI), 285 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, 4e étage Montréal, Quebec H2Y 1T8 Canada
Telephone : (+1) 514-864-9191

Saskatchewan

International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)
9th floor, 9942 108 Street Edmonton, Alberta T5K2J5 Canada
Telephone : (+1) 780-427-2655
Fax : (+1) 780-422-9734

Mobility

International mobility

Find out more about international mobility and MRAs.

Financial assistance

Internationally trained professionals may have access to financial assistance to complete the assessment process that will allow them to work in their intended occupations. These micro-loan programs are offered to citizens or permanent residents of Canada who were trained outside Canada and do not have sufficient credit history to borrow from a Canadian financial institution.

To learn about participating provinces and territories, and determine your eligibility, use the information below to find an organization close to you offering micro loans.

Windmill Microlending
Suite 709, 7015 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary Alberta
T2H2K6 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 403-228-9981

Suite 2020 (Scotia Place Tower 1) 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton Alberta
T5J3R8 Canada

Bureau 710, 5455 Avenue de Gaspé
Montréal Quebec
H2T3B3 Canada

220 - 20th St W. Suite 219, Second Level
Saskatoon Saskatchewan
S7M0W9 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 306-974-4856

Suite 300, 165 Avenue Rd
Toronto Ontario
M5R3S4 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 416-360-4445

Suite 709, 7015 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary Alberta
T2H2K6 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 403-228-9981

Suite 2020 (Scotia Place Tower 1) 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton Alberta
T5J3R8 Canada

Bureau 710, 5455 Avenue de Gaspé
Montréal Quebec
H2T3B3 Canada

220 - 20th St W. Suite 219, Second Level
Saskatoon Saskatchewan
S7M0W9 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 306-974-4856

Suite 300, 165 Avenue Rd
Toronto Ontario
M5R3S4 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 416-360-4445

Suite 709, 7015 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary Alberta
T2H2K6 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 403-228-9981

Suite 2020 (Scotia Place Tower 1) 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton Alberta
T5J3R8 Canada

Bureau 710, 5455 Avenue de Gaspé
Montréal Quebec
H2T3B3 Canada

220 - 20th St W. Suite 219, Second Level
Saskatoon Saskatchewan
S7M0W9 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 306-974-4856

Suite 300, 165 Avenue Rd
Toronto Ontario
M5R3S4 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 416-360-4445

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. - Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Loan Project
238 - 8131 Westminster Hwy
Richmond British Columbia
V6X 1A7 Canada

Supporting Employment and Economic Development (SEED Winnipeg) Inc. (SEED)
80 Salter Street
Winnipeg Manitoba
R2W4J6 Canada

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
ISANS Desmond, Bayers Road Professional Centre, 7071 Bayers Road, Suite 164 (Desmond Avenue entrance)
Halifax Nova Scotia
B3L2C2 Canada

Main office, 2120 - 6960 Mumford Road
Halifax Nova Scotia
B3L4P1 Canada

ISANS Joseph Howe, 2717 Joseph Howe Drive, Second Floor
Halifax Nova Scotia
B3L4T9 Canada

WIL Employment Connections - Internationally Trained Workers
141 Dundas Street, 4th Floor
London Ontario
N6A 1G3 Canada

Canada Microcredit Educators Group - Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Pilot Project
420 University Ave, Suite 200, P.O. Box 1551
Charlottetown Prince Edward Island
C1A 7Z5 Canada

Microcrédit Montréal
319 - 3680 rue Jeanne Mance
Montreal Quebec
H2X 2K5 Canada

Alberta

Windmill Microlending
Suite 709, 7015 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary Alberta
T2H2K6 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 403-228-9981

Suite 2020 (Scotia Place Tower 1) 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton Alberta
T5J3R8 Canada

Bureau 710, 5455 Avenue de Gaspé
Montréal Quebec
H2T3B3 Canada

220 - 20th St W. Suite 219, Second Level
Saskatoon Saskatchewan
S7M0W9 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 306-974-4856

Suite 300, 165 Avenue Rd
Toronto Ontario
M5R3S4 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 416-360-4445

British Columbia

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. - Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Loan Project
238 - 8131 Westminster Hwy
Richmond British Columbia
V6X 1A7 Canada

Manitoba

Supporting Employment and Economic Development (SEED Winnipeg) Inc. (SEED)
80 Salter Street
Winnipeg Manitoba
R2W4J6 Canada

New Brunswick

Multicultural Association of Fredericton
28 Saunders Street
Fredericton New Brunswick
E3B 1N1 Canada

Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area
22 Church St, Suite C170
Moncton New Brunswick
E1C 0P7 Canada

YMCA of Greater Saint John
191 Churchill Blvd.
Saint John New Brunswick
E2K 3E2 Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador

AXIS Career Services, Association for New Canadians
A/S Association for New Canadians, 10 Smithville Crescent, P.O.Box 2031, Stn. C
St. John's Newfoundland and Labrador
A1C 5R6 Canada

Nova Scotia

Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)
ISANS Desmond, Bayers Road Professional Centre, 7071 Bayers Road, Suite 164 (Desmond Avenue entrance)
Halifax Nova Scotia
B3L2C2 Canada

Main office, 2120 - 6960 Mumford Road
Halifax Nova Scotia
B3L4P1 Canada

ISANS Joseph Howe, 2717 Joseph Howe Drive, Second Floor
Halifax Nova Scotia
B3L4T9 Canada

Ontario

Windmill Microlending
Suite 709, 7015 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary Alberta
T2H2K6 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 403-228-9981

Suite 2020 (Scotia Place Tower 1) 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton Alberta
T5J3R8 Canada

Bureau 710, 5455 Avenue de Gaspé
Montréal Quebec
H2T3B3 Canada

220 - 20th St W. Suite 219, Second Level
Saskatoon Saskatchewan
S7M0W9 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 306-974-4856

Suite 300, 165 Avenue Rd
Toronto Ontario
M5R3S4 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 416-360-4445

WIL Employment Connections - Internationally Trained Workers
141 Dundas Street, 4th Floor
London Ontario
N6A 1G3 Canada

Ottawa Community Loan Fund (OCLF)
2211 Riverside Dr., Suite 308
Ottawa Ontario
K1H7X5 Canada

Achēv
Brampton East, 263 Queen Street East, Unit 14
Brampton Ontario
L6W4K6 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 905-595-0722

Brampton South, 7700 Hurontario Street, Unit 601
Brampton Ontario
L6Y4M3 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 905-457-4747

Mississauga - Malton, 7420 Airport Road, Suite 104
Mississauga Ontario
L4T4E5 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 905-677-0007

Mississauga - City Centre, 50 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Suite 300/410
Mississauga Ontario
L5B3C2 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 905-949-0049

Head Office, 90 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Suite 210
Mississauga Ontario
L5B3C3 Canada

Oakville, 690 Dorval Drive, Suite 100
Oakville Ontario
L6K3X9 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 905-875-3851

Pickering, 1099 Kingston Rd, #240
Pickering Ontario
L1V1B5 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 905-420-1919

Richmond Hill,420 Hwy 7 East #204B
Richmond Hill Ontario
L4B3K2 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 855-330-8655

North York, 1090 Don Mills Road, Suite 406
Toronto Ontario
M3C3R6 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 416-444-8744

Toronto, 100 Lombard St. Suite 400
Toronto Ontario
M5C1M3 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 416-964-9797

Prince Edward Island

Canada Microcredit Educators Group - Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Pilot Project
420 University Ave, Suite 200, P.O. Box 1551
Charlottetown Prince Edward Island
C1A 7Z5 Canada

Quebec

Windmill Microlending
Suite 709, 7015 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary Alberta
T2H2K6 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 403-228-9981

Suite 2020 (Scotia Place Tower 1) 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton Alberta
T5J3R8 Canada

Bureau 710, 5455 Avenue de Gaspé
Montréal Quebec
H2T3B3 Canada

220 - 20th St W. Suite 219, Second Level
Saskatoon Saskatchewan
S7M0W9 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 306-974-4856

Suite 300, 165 Avenue Rd
Toronto Ontario
M5R3S4 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 416-360-4445

Microcrédit Montréal
319 - 3680 rue Jeanne Mance
Montreal Quebec
H2X 2K5 Canada

Saskatchewan

Windmill Microlending
Suite 709, 7015 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary Alberta
T2H2K6 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 403-228-9981

Suite 2020 (Scotia Place Tower 1) 10060 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton Alberta
T5J3R8 Canada

Bureau 710, 5455 Avenue de Gaspé
Montréal Quebec
H2T3B3 Canada

220 - 20th St W. Suite 219, Second Level
Saskatoon Saskatchewan
S7M0W9 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 306-974-4856

Suite 300, 165 Avenue Rd
Toronto Ontario
M5R3S4 Canada
Telephone: (+1) 416-360-4445