With the Americanization of much of Canadian culture, the term “attorney” has become synonymous with the term “lawyer” here. However, “attorney” in Canada does not in fact mean “lawyer”; instead, it means agent. If you have an attorney acting for you, such as under a Power of Attorney, this means that you have arranged for an agent to act on your behalf. If you are naming someone as an attorney, you are not (necessarily) hiring a lawyer; you are arranging for the person who will represent you when you can’t represent yourself. If you want to hire someone who has a law degree in Canada, you will be looking for a lawyer.