The Canadian Women and Minority Law Firms site is a resource to connect women- and minority-owned law firms with companies, organizations and law firms interested in advancing diversity in the legal profession by supporting and directing work to such firms.
Law firms which have a majority of partners who are women or members of minority groups, including aboriginals, visible/racial minorities, LGBT, disabled or others are eligible for inclusion. At least one principal of the firm must have been in practice for a minimum of five years.
Corporations, government departments and agencies and law firms are invited to become partners of the website. Partners are asked to direct part of their legal work, or referral work in the case of law firms, to women- and minority-owned law firms. Following the lead of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) in the United States, we suggest that a workable goal is setting a target of 5 per cent of an organization’s outside legal spend or of a firm’s referral work to go to women and minority firms.