Training for professionals
In June 2019, the Government of Canada made changes to federal family laws. Although some of the Divorce Act amendments came into force upon Royal Assent, most of the amendments will come into force on March 1, 2021.
The Department of Justice Canada has been developing a series of online courses about the recent amendments. They have been prepared with legal advisers in mind, but will also be helpful to anyone wanting to understand more about the new legislation. These courses provide a detailed explanation of the new provisions along with links to helpful resources developed by the Department of Justice Canada. Law Society accreditation information will be provided for each course.
This page will be updated with additional courses as soon as they become available.
Introduction to Federal Family Law Amendments
The first course in this series is Introduction to Federal Family Law Amendments. While this course focuses primarily on the amendments to the Divorce Act, it also briefly describes amendments made to the Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Act and the changes relating to two international Conventions touching on matters of family law.
Duration: 75 minutes
Access the Course
- Module 1: Introduction to the Legislative Amendments
- Module 2: Division of Federal and Provincial Responsibilities for Family Law
- Module 3: Parenting and the Best Interests of the Child
- Module 4: Addressing Family Violence
- Module 5: Changes to Support Enforcement
- Module 6: Changes to Promote Dispute Resolution and Improve Processes Under the Divorce Act
- Module 7: Duties of Legal Advisers and Parties
Accreditation by Law Societies:
- Barreau du Québec (BQ): This activity may be eligible for up to 1.25 hours of continuing education content
- Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC): This activity counts for up to 1.25 hours; a minimum of 0.5 hours will involve aspects of professional responsibility and ethics, and/or practice management
- Law Society of New Brunswick (LSNB): This activity is accredited for 1.5 MCPD hours
- Law Society of Saskatchewan (LSS): This activity is accredited for 1.5 CPD hours which includes 0.5 Ethics hours
- Law Society of Ontario (LSO): This activity is accredited for 25 minutes of Professionalism Content and may be eligible for up to 50 minutes of Substantive content
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