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Assistant City Solicitor

December 28 2017
Categories Legal, Paralegal, Administrative - Public - Regulatory - Govt., Municipal - Health - Education - Environment
Markham, ON

Assistant City Solicitor

Planning and Litigation Practice

This challenging position within Markham's Legal Services Department would be an exciting career opportunity for an experienced self-starter who can work independently in a collegial environment, and enjoys taking on added responsibilities in an evolving role.

Reporting to the City Solicitor, you will provide a full range of legal services to the Corporation, with an emphasis on planning and development law. This will include providing advice to City departments and preparing reports to Council on complex development issues related to roads, servicing parkland, etc., negotiating and drafting a wide variety of agreements related to development and construction, and the review of zoning and other by-laws. As an Assistant City Solicitor, you will also represent the City at the Ontario Municipal Board, Conservation Review Board hearings and other litigation, particularly in relation to construction and development.


Your professional profile will include the following highlights:

  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in planning and development law, including Ontario Municipal Board work
  • Membership, in good standing, in the Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Superior communication, interpersonal, negotiation, organizational and public-speaking skills
  • Ability to provide sound advice and direction to members of Council, senior management, City staff and external agencies/public, as required
  • Ability to handle highly complex and sensitive issues independently
  • Municipal law department experience, preferred
  • A thorough knowledge of the development planning process.
  • Experience with development charges legislation, heritage conservation and Building Code issues would be an asset.

The City of Markham, a municipality with more than 350,000 residents, centrally located in the Greater Toronto Area, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,100 high-tech and life science companies. Founded in the 1790s, Markham is Canada's most diverse community, enjoying a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards. Committed to being a model of public service excellence, with a workforce that is representative of the population we serve, we are looking for people who share our values and are champions of innovative practices.

For more information on this Assistant City Solicitor position, and to apply online by Sunday, January 28, 2018, please visit our website at

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