Legal Counsel (one year contract)

September 27 2022
Industries Public administration
Categories Administrative, Public, Regulatory, Govt., Legal, Paralegal, Legal, Paralegal
Toronto, ON

OMVIC is currently searching for a Legal Counsel (One Year Contract) for OMVIC’s Toronto based corporate office.

Who is OMVIC?

OMVIC (Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council) is Ontario’s vehicle sales regulator. OMVIC enforces the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act and other consumer protection statutes for the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. OMVIC’s mandate and role is to maintain a fair and informed marketplace by protecting the rights of consumers, enhancing industry professionalism, and ensuring fair, honest, and open competition for registered motor vehicle dealers. This is achieved by maintaining strict dealer/salesperson registration requirements; inspecting all Ontario dealers (new and used); providing free complaint handling to consumers; developing/delivering consumer and dealer education/awareness programs; and investigating and prosecuting industry non-compliance and illegal sales (curbsiding).

 

What we offer:

OMVIC is made up of dedicated and talented individuals who take pride in the work we do each day to ensure our mandate is being met. It is this group of people that create a collaborative atmosphere that’s inclusive, transparent, friendly, and open which works to foster the team spirit. Over and above the work environment.

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Director, Legal Services, the Legal Counsel will focus primarily on conducting prosecutions under the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act and Consumer Protection Act.  In addition, the Legal Counsel will work on all aspects of providing legal services for the organization, including litigating industry-related regulatory and discipline matters.  Duties are primarily related to prosecutions and litigation, but also include other aspects of providing legal advice and services to the corporation. The Legal Counsel will act as prosecutor, and also represent the Registrar and OMVIC at hearings and trials before the OMVIC Discipline Committee, Ontario Licence Appeal Tribunal, the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal. 

Responsibilities:

  • Act as Prosecutor before the Provincial Court of Ontario, and make prosecutorial decisions in accordance with relevant provincial policies and guidelines.
  • Provide advice to OMVIC on investigations and law enforcement matters generally
  • Represent the Registrar at hearings before the Licence Appeal Tribunal
  • Represent the Registrar at Discipline Committee hearings
  • Represent the Registrar and OMVIC at Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Appeal hearings
  • Act as counsel in civil matters and privacy requests
  • Direct others within the Legal Department with witness interviews, background inquiries and summons service
  • Assist with legislative review projects and other corporate programs as necessary
  • Participate in policy development
  • Provide assistance to communications staff regarding media inquiries
  • Perform public speaking to increase public awareness of OMVIC and its programs.
  • Maintain or establish relationships with industry partners, administrative authorities and law enforcement agencies
  • Assist in the review of the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act 2002, its regulations and other relevant statutes in order to advance changes necessary for the proper administration of the Act.
  • Participate in committee meetings as required.

 

Qualifications:

  • Excellent organizational, communication and decision-making skills.
  • Membership, in good standing, in the Law Society of Ontario.
  • Extensive experience in the investigation of offences, and the prosecution process.
  • Practical knowledge of the Criminal Code Canada, Evidence Act, Provincial Offences Act, Highway Traffic Act, Motor Vehicle Dealers Act, 2002, Consumer Protection Act, Sale of Goods Act, and the Statutory Powers and Procedure Act and other related statutes as they apply to the activities of OMVIC.
  • Practical knowledge of the motor vehicle dealer industry in Ontario.
  • Superior analytical skills.  
  • Oral and written communication skills to prepare and oversee the preparation of reports, pleadings, court and tribunal submissions, prosecution briefs and correspondence.

If you are interested in the position please submit a cover letter, with salary expectations and resume to the attention of Human Resources to Email: ******************@*****.**.***********

We respectfully thank all applicants for their interest in working at OMVIC. However, we will only contact those meeting the qualifications for an interview.

OMVIC fosters an environment that respects people’s dignity, ideas and beliefs, thereby working to ensure diversity, equality and inclusion and has been committed to and will continue advocating for an environment where all persons are treated with fairness, dignity, and respect.  OMVIC is committed to providing accessible employment practices that comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), ensuring that all individuals are treated with dignity and respect. Should you require accommodation for disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify the Human Resources department.

 

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