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Legal Counsel

December 13 2021
Industries Public administration
Categories Legal, Paralegal, Administrative, Public, Regulatory, Govt., Civil law, Legal, Paralegal
Toronto, ON

General Counsel's Office

Contract Full-Time (January 2022 – January 2023)

File #21-96

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is the statutory body responsible for regulating Ontario's capital markets in accordance with the mandate established in the provincial Securities Act and the Commodity Futures Act. The mandate of the OSC is to provide protection to investors from unfair, improper or fraudulent practices, to foster fair, efficient and competitive capital markets and confidence in the capital markets, to foster capital formation, and to contribute to the stability of the financial system and the reduction of systemic risk. This mandate is performed through policy, operational, adjudication and enforcement work. The OSC also contributes to national and global securities regulation development.

What We Do

The General Counsel's Office (GCO) provides expert, client-centred, legal, strategic and risk management advice to the Commission based on sound legal and reputational risk analysis. GCO provides legal advice in a wide range of areas, including statutory interpretation, administrative law, securities regulation, civil and transactional litigation, corporate/commercial law, information technology/intellectual property law, procurement law and privacy law. GCO also has a particular focus on legislative reform.

The Opportunity

The General Counsel's Office is currently seeking a Legal Counsel to join their team from January 2022 to January 2023. In addition to providing practical and client-focused in-house legal advice on day-to-day matters, the Legal Counsel will be:

  • Providing legal and strategic advice to the Commission and staff on complex policy, regulatory and legislative issues in the context of the regulation of the capital markets
  • Advising on the discharge of the Commission's statutory mandate, consistent with administrative law principles
  • Rendering legal opinions on challenging matters
  • Providing in-house legal and risk management advice and support, including with respect to procurement and contract matters, freedom of information requests and privacy-related concerns
  • Leading, or participating in, policy initiatives and other special projects to address Commission priorities
  • Supporting the development of legislative amendment proposals and rule-making proposals, including legislative drafting to support regulatory reform initiatives
  • Providing strategic litigation advice, advising on risk mitigation, and managing litigation and the handling of complaints

Qualifications for Success:

  • Membership in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario
  • A strong understanding of the securities industry and securities legislation
  • Demonstrated proficiency in balancing regulatory objectives with practical business considerations
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze complex problems and develop creative recommendations
  • The ability to communicate ideas clearly and concisely
  • Excellent analytical, research and legal drafting skills
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships, develop credibility and provide practical and constructive advice
  • Demonstrated ability to establish collaborative working relationships and engage with internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize demands and allocate time appropriately
  • Ability to coordinate various aspects of projects and policies with appropriate staff within the organization
  • Practical experience in one or more of the following areas: administrative law, litigation, bankruptcy law, access to information and privacy law, contracts law and public-sector procurement
  • Experience drafting legislation, rules or other regulatory instruments
  • Experience working on commercial transactions, including securities-related transactions
  • A minimum of four years' experience in securities law and regulation, and corporate/commercial law, or equivalent knowledge, skills and judgment

Grow your career and make a difference working at the OSC!

Apply online ( by Friday, December 17, 2021.

We thank all applicants for their interest in the Ontario Securities Commission. We will contact those selected for an interview.

Inclusion and Diversity at the OSC

The OSC is committed to diversity and providing an inclusive workplace. It is our priority to ensure employment opportunities are visible and barrier-free to all under-represented groups, including, but not limited to, Indigenous, Black and racialized groups, people with disabilities, women and people from the LGBTQ2S community, to achieve an employee demographic profile reflective of the demographic profile of Ontarians.

The OSC is a proud partner with the following organizations: BlackNorth Initiative >, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion >, and Pride at Work Canada >.


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