Paralegals typically function as legal assistants to lawyers; however, in Barrie and across Ontario, paralegals also have the power and the expertise to practise some aspects of the law themselves. CTS Canadian Career College offers a 51 week Paralegal training program that is accredited by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC). After completing their diploma and passing the LSUC licencing test, paralegals are empowered to:

  • Represent clients in small claims court
  • Appear before the Ontario Court of Justice under the Provincial Offences Act
  • Argue cases where the maximum possible conviction is less than six months in prison
  • Appear before tribunals including the Financial Services Commission of Ontario
  • Advise clients
  • Draft documents to be used in a proceeding

Career Paths for Paralegals

In addition to performing valuable supportive work for lawyers, paralegals often work independently and deal directly with clients. These professionals find employment in a variety of environments in both the public and private sectors, including:

  • Government ministries
  • Trade unions
  • Private companies
  • Large corporations
  • Professional associations
  • Law offices

New regulations allowing paralegals to perform a wider range of legal tasks are increasing demand for their services in Ontario as an alternative to more expensive legal representation. Paralegals earn an average annual salary of $49,472 in Canada.

Courses offered in Barrie for Paralegals

CTS Canadian Career College offers a 51 week program with a 120 hour placement accredited by the LSUC. It prepares graduates to pass the LSUC licensing exam, which enables them to practise as independent paralegals in Ontario. Danika White-Galluzzo (paralegal diploma) is the Barrie campus program coordinator.

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Ethics & Professional Responsibility Employment Law
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Introduction to Law Legal Communication
Canadian Tort Law Law Office Accounting
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Evidence & the Litigation Process Outlook
Advocacy Microsoft Internet Explorer
Alternative Dispute Resolution Word
Small Claims Court – Rules Excel
Debtor/Creditor Law Power Point
Criminal Law – Summary Offences Field Placement
Provincial Offences Educational Success
Highway Traffic Act Business Communications
Administrative Law Interview Skills & Office Administration
Tribunal Practice and Procedure Job Search