Why OBA

CONNECTIONS

With over 36,000 members, you can connect and network with your peers from across every practice area and with some of the finest legal minds from coast to coast and beyond.


INFLUENCE

The CBA gives you a voice at the table with government, courts and regulators, ensuring the issues that impact the profession or your clients are heard. We have your back.


WELL-BEING

We know that today’s demands can be overwhelming and finding work/life balance can be a challenge. The CBA has tailored a variety of programs for busy lawyers that can help you manage your practice and your well-being.


EXPERTISE

The CBA provides a wealth of professional development programs to keep you up-to-date and informed. Since the start of the pandemic, hundreds of programming hours were created specifically to respond to your rapidly changing environment.


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COMPLIMENTARY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Your CBA membership now gives you access to more than 50 hours of accredited professional development programs from across Canada – included with your membership.

Webinars

Instantly stream professional development programs from our catalogue of webinars. Sign up for a complete webinar series or select the webinars that suit you.

Webcast replays with live chat

Save big and gain access to some of the most popular CPD programs from the past year that you may have missed—and complete your CPD requirements for the year.

Members-only programming

Get access to exclusive members-only programming. Choose from over 300 programs covering almost all areas of practice in Ontario and receive special member pricing.

Complimentary programming

OBA Members enjoy complimentary registration for our popular CPD programs, including the Inclusive Leader Series and Mindful Lawyer Series.

Mentorship

Working with a powerful matching interface from Mentorloop, we'll help you find a mentor relationship that suits your interests and time commitment.

OBA’s Institute

Connect with colleagues at Canada’s largest, and award-winning legal conference, spanning five days and offering over 30 CPD programs with numerous networking opportunities.

National conferences

Enhance your expertise, gain knowledge and network with leading professionals in your area of practice.

CBA Wellness

Access complimentary programs from the OBA’s Mindful Lawyer CPD Series as well as CBA wellness programs, resources and complimentary programming. Take our online courses and webinars on mental health in the legal profession.

Inclusive Leader Series

Build an action plan for advancing diversity and inclusion in your organization with this series, which is complimentary for members.

Career Centre

Make your next move with us. Visit the CBA Legal Career Centre for positions available across Ontario and Canada.

CBA CONNECT

Just starting out? Find the support you need to succeed as a young lawyer, articling student or law student.

Connect with colleagues and use your skills to improve legal practice in your area of the law.

Sections

Connect with lawyers who work in your area of practice or share common interests. Increase your business referrals: 80% of OBA Section members report receiving referrals from other Section members.

Committees & Subcommittees

Join us to work on issues that matter to you – from access to justice to equality, ethics, international initiatives, law reform and much more.

OBA discussions

Join our online discussion boards to connect with OBA colleagues in your practice Section. You can search each board by topic, tip or precedent.

OBA community news

Stay current on issues in your area of practice through curated articles, programs and information from your OBA Section Insider and Section website.

Speakers Bureau

Become a thought-leader in your community. The OBA Speakers Bureau helps to promote OBA members as leaders in their area of practice by connecting members to speaking opportunities.

Contribute to our advocacy work and initiatives. Together, we can create change.

Advocacy

We respond to government initiatives to protect the legal profession’s core values.

Court interventions & submissions

We prepare submissions to the government, Law Society of Ontario and regulatory bodies to improve the law and the administration of justice.

Influential connections

We connect practice area leaders with key decision makers: Cabinet Ministers, Chairs of Tribunals and members of the Bench.

Professional initiatives

We develop initiatives that advocate for change, enhance legal practice and prepare the profession for the future.

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Legal toolkits

Tap into our toolkits for sound advice and tips on issues ranging from child rights to legal ethics, mortgage matters and much more.

CBA PracticeLink

Access CBA PracticeLink online for guidance and tools to help you manage your legal future.

Free Member & Public Directories

Grow your client base through inclusion in our Find-A-Lawyer Directory. Plus, add thousands of members to your network and build referrals through our Member-to-Member Directory.

Leading magazines

Get the latest stories and analysis affecting legal practice and your profession in JUST. Magazine and CBA National Magazine.

Canadian Bar Review

This peer-reviewed journal combines theory and practice to shape discussions on today’s most relevant legal issues.