Canadian In-House Counsel Survey 2021

Canadian In-House Counsel Survey 2021

The Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, the leader and voice for Canadian in-house counsel, and Mondaq, the global standard for AI-enabled content marketing for professional services firms, conducted an expansive survey of Canadian in-house counsel lawyers between March and May 2021. Designed in partnership with an advisory board composed of eminent in-house counsel from across Canada, the survey aims to provide up-to-date insights into current hot button issues and future outlooks for the Canadian In-house Counsel profession.

Based on over 460 survey responses, it is evident that COVID-19 continues to present many challenges to Canadian in-house counsel, leading to significant employee wellbeing challenges:

  • The biggest concerns revolved around staff-related matters stemming from the pandemic: remote working, the deterioration of mental health, health & safety issues, employee stress levels and staff burnout
  • 71% of in-house counsel have seen an increase in their work-related stress and anxiety levels in the last year
  • Increased levels of in-house accountability (with 60% of in-house counsel taking on additional responsibilities including compliance, ethics, investigations and ESG) as well as the heightened demand for in-house legal services (including 55% of participants expecting an increase in demand for data privacy; 46% increase in demand for risk & compliance; 39% increase in demand for supporting operational delivery) are contributors to the increased levels of work-related stress and anxiety

The survey results provide a clear a call to action for legal department leaders to put in place programs which support employee wellbeing and retention.




Download a printer friendly version of the report in English here or in French here.

About the CCCA
The CCCA is the leader and voice for Canadian in-house counsel. Founded in 1988 as a forum of the Canadian Bar Association, we represent over 5,000 in-house counsel from every province and territory, and sector and industry, making us the most inclusive and representative professional association for in-house counsel in Canada. 


About Mondaq
Mondaq is the global standard in AI-enabled content marketing and analytics solutions for professional services firms and helps its over 22 million readers worldwide to find answers to legal, tax and compliance questions. Mondaq has over 2 million readers in Canada, including the majority of Canadian in-house counsel and executives from thousands of Canadian organizations. 

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