Job Req ID:  1975

Title:  Legal Counsel (Quebec Focus)

Company: Canada Lands Company 
Location: Montreal (preferred), Toronto or Ottawa 
Employment Status: 18-month contract 


Please submit your application by July 26th, 2024 at 4:00 pm EST.


Short Summary

The Legal Counsel provides legal advisory services to Canada Lands Company Limited and its subsidiaries (collectively, the “Company”), including to their respective Boards of Directors, Senior Management Teams and committees. 

Although the Legal Counsel supports the Company as a whole, the primary areas of focus for this particular Legal Counsel role are the following: (i) supporting the teams at the Old Port of Montreal (“OPM”) and Montreal Science Centre (“MSC”) with all legal non-litigation matters affecting OPM and MSC, including, but not limited to, contracts, RFPs, group and event bookings, licenses, leases, IP matters, and exhibit agreements; (ii) supporting the Quebec Real Estate team with all of their non-litigation legal needs, including, but not limited to, acquisitions, sales, servicing agreements, servitudes, licenses and leases; and (iii) processing Access to Information Act and Privacy Act requests that are received in French or that involve documents that are in French.

Job Description


  • Works with the Chief Legal Officer & Senior Vice President , Corporate Governance to develop and implement business objectives, policies and strategic pillars to ensure compliance with federal, provincial, and local laws and all contractual relationships. 
  • Analyzes, interprets, advises and provides recommendations on legal matters affecting the Company. 
  • Assists with the coordination of litigation in provincial and federal courts involving the Company. 
  • Provides general legal advice to various client departments regarding real estate law, business law, intellectual property and other commercial legal issues. 
  • Reviews and evaluates Company agreements to protect the Company’s interests and to determine compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and Company policies. 
  • Assists Management in negotiating major contracts. 
  • Coordinates activities with external legal counsel to assist in achieving Legal Affairs’ objectives, including streamlining external legal costs. 
  • Provides legal advice, upon request. 
  • Responds to incoming legal requests.
  • Works with business teams in the preparation of template documents and contracts, such as RFPs.
  • Identifies legal issues and prepares solutions.
  • Works on special projects in support of the department, as assigned from time to time.
  • Maintains a high degree of discretion and confidentiality at all times.
  • Advises employees regarding the correct execution of documents in compliance with the Company’s Delegation of Authority policy.
  • Negotiates and drafts contracts and commercial agreements.
  • Assists in the creation, implementation and enforcement of corporate policies and procedures. 
  • Responsible for providing ethical and conflict of interest advice to employees.
  • Assists with the handling and processing of Access to Information and Privacy Act requests.
  • Assists with other legal or corporate secretarial functions as may be assigned by the Chief Legal Officer & Senior Vice President , Corporate Governance from time to time.
  • Provides training to Company employees in English and French regarding legislative requirements and Company policies and procedures.


  • Law Degree required.  
  • Must be licensed to practice law in Canada and familiar with the Civil Code of Quebec. 
  • At least two years of broad legal experience, including prior in-house experience or broad commercial experience with a private firm. 
  • Knowledge of computer skills, including electronic legal research. 
  • Experience in real estate law is preferred. 
  • Industry knowledge/experience is preferred. 
  • Bilingualism (English/French) required.


Canada Lands Company is a self-financing, federal Crown corporation that specializes in real estate, development and attractions management. The company’s goal in all it does is to produce the best possible benefit for Canadian communities and the Government of Canada. Canada Lands Company works to achieve its mandate with industry leading expertise; the company prides itself on its consultation based approach to pursuing community-oriented goals, environmental stewardship and heritage commemoration with all its projects across Canada.The company’s activities ensure that former government properties are redeveloped or managed in accordance with their highest and best use, and that they are harmoniously reintegrated into local communities. Our goal is to help transform surplus parcels and reshape them to meet the needs of Canadians with inspiring and sustainable new neighbourhoods in which they can live, work and play.


Canada Lands Company CLC Limited is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, Canada Lands Company is proud to provide employment accommodation during the recruitment, selection and/or assessment processes. Should you require an accommodation, please inform us as soon as possible and we will work with you to meet your accessibility needs.