Crown Counsel

September 28 2022
Industries Legal
Categories Administrative, Public, Regulatory, Govt., Legal, Paralegal
Toronto, ON

Are you an experienced counsel with expertise advising on Indigenous law issues? Are you ready to apply that expertise to supporting us in developing a safe, reliable and affordable energy supply across the province? Can you bring your client service orientation, proactivity, and responsiveness to our work in building a strong, innovative economy that can provide jobs, opportunities, and prosperity for all Ontarians?

The Ministry of the Attorney General has an exciting and challenging opportunity for an experienced counsel to provide legal advice to the Ministry of Energy >, and the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT) >.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this fast-paced and collegial work environment, the successful candidate will:

  • Provide advice on Indigenous law aspects of the expansion and advancement of electricity transmission, generation, and storage undertaken by the Province and its agencies in the energy sector;
  • Advise on Indigenous law matters as related to the resource sector, particularly with respect to Indigenous consultation and duty-to-consult considerations;
  • Provide advice on Indigenous law aspects of major provincial investments in the auto, steel and battery sectors;
  • Provide risk-based legal advice to support client policy and program development, agency matters, board governance, appointments and operational work relating to the energy sector;
  • Negotiate, draft, review and interpret legislation, regulations, term sheets, grant agreements, secured loan agreements, memorandums of understanding, purchase agreements, and other complex commercial legal documents;
  • Prepare legal opinions, and brief senior ministry officials;
  • Provide litigation support on various politically-sensitive litigation matters;
  • Develop and deliver related training and education initiatives.

The successful candidate should also have a proven client service orientation and demonstrated ability to be proactive on files, be responsive to client requests and inspire client confidence.

The Legal Services Branch welcomes applications from candidates who can contribute to the goal of promoting a diverse, respectful and supportive workplace.

Location: Toronto

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy > and the > pages to learn more about the OPS commitment to advance racial equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in the public service.

We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code >. Refer to the application instructions below if you require a disability-related accommodation.

How do I qualify?


  • Membership in good standing as a lawyer with the Law Society of Ontario

Knowledge and Skills

  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of Indigenous issues and law as they pertain to the energy and resource sector
  • Experience reviewing legislative and regulatory projects and government policy initiatives, particularly with respect to Indigenous consultation and duty-to-consult considerations
  • Ability to recognize and assess legal implications in proposed and existing programs and initiatives, and to provide innovative, strategic, risk-based, helpful and solutions-oriented legal advice on complex, time-sensitive and high-profile issues that arise
  • Knowledge of the energy sector, energy law, corporate governance, Indigenous legal issues and government policies and practices
  • Appreciation of the role of a Crown counsel, including familiarity with Crown liability, government directives, delegations, and financial and other approvals
  • Experience working with litigation counsel to support complex and politically-sensitive litigation matters
  • Ability to handle a high-volume practice with short turnaround times while working proactively, professionally and cooperatively with sophisticated clients and colleagues
  • Demonstrated experience mentoring others and as a valuable team member on collaborative work projects
  • A proven record of valuing, and contributing to, a diverse and inclusive workplace
  • Demonstrated political acuity and issues management skills
  • A proven track record of client service orientation, and a demonstrated ability to be proactive on files, and responsive to client requests and inspire client confidence

Salary: Commensurate With Legal Experience

Additional Information:

  • 1 Temporary, duration up to 12 months (with possibility of extension), 56 Wellesley St W, Toronto, Toronto Region, Criminal Record Check


  • In accordance with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Employment Screening Checks Policy (ESCP), the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Refer to the above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

Required security screening checks along with your written consent, will be sent to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Talent Development Branch, Talent and Leadership Division to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you.

A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The employment screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual's employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.

  • For issues with submitting applications, or questions, please contact

Please apply online, only, at, quoting Job ID 187177, by Friday, October 14, 2022. Please follow the instructions to submit your application. Faxes are not being accepted at this time.

If you require accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please contact us at to provide your contact information. Recruitment Services staff will contact you within 48 hours. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Ontario Public Service is an inclusive employer. Accommodation will be provided in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code.

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