Legal Counsel

  • Government of Canada
  • Gatineau, Québec, Canada
  • Jul 06, 2019
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) General Counsel Lawyer (Public Sector) Lawyer (Other)

Job Description

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Closing date: 17 April 2019 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

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Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

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Agency legal counsels provide strategic legal and policy advice to Members of the Canadian Transportation Agency and its staff on a broad range of issues raised in dispute proceedings and regulatory matters dealt with by the Agency under the Canada Transportation Act and other acts that the Agency is responsible to apply. Legal counsels assist the Agency in oral hearings and in the drafting of decisions, orders, rules, regulations, guidelines and various policy instruments. Legal counsels also represent the Agency in appeals before the Federal Court of Appeal and in proceedings before other courts an tribunals.

Work environment

Come work for the federal government’s first independent regulatory body: The Canadian Transportation Agency.

An important mission: The Canadian Transportation Agency is a small organization (about 280 people) with an important mission – to advance Canadians’ economic and social well-being by:

  • Helping to keep the national transportation system running efficiently and smoothly.
  • Protecting the fundamental right of persons with disabilities to accessible transportation.
  • Providing consumer protection for air travellers.

A great place to work: We are committed to creating a healthy and respectful workplace. Our small size enables us to meet regularly at all-staff events, and encourages dialogue and collaboration – both between managers and employees, and through inter-branch networks and tiger teams. You will have the opportunity to get to know and collaborate with many colleagues across the Agency.

We are located at 15 Eddy, in the heart of Gatineau, with easy access to fitness facilities, public transportation and restaurants.

Intent of the process

The intent of this selection process is to staff determinate and/or indeterminate positions. A pool of qualified candidates could be created to staff future positions with various tenures (indeterminate, determinate, deployment, acting, and assignment/secondment) with similar requirements, various language requirements and profiles and various security requirements.

Results of this staffing process may be used for similar positions in the Agency and other departments and agencies in the federal government.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)


Membership in good standing of the Bar of one of the provinces or territories of Canada.

Degree equivalency

Recent* and significant** experience in providing strategic*** legal advice to clients, as a legal counsel, on complex**** issues relating to administrative tribunal proceedings or in respect to regulatory matters.

Recent* and significant** experience, as a legal counsel, in administrative law.

  • Recent is defined as within the last seven (7) years.

**Significant is defined as the depth and breadth of experience normally associated with having performed the duties for approximately three (3) years.
***Strategic refers to legal advice that addresses and takes into account all considerations relevant to the specific context of the client such as the political environment, competitive landscape, operational requirements, policy objectives, realities of a specific industry, short to long term opportunities, challenges or risks.
****Complex is defined as involving multiple competing issues raised in a delicate or highly sensitive context, involving multiple parties, or dealing with novel questions of law.

Knowledge of the Canada Transportation Act.

Knowledge of administrative law.

Knowledge of the mandate and activities of the Canadian Transportation Agency.

Ability to provide advice to senior officials on administrative law issues, including on procedural matters raised in Agency proceedings.

Ability to develop legal positions on litigation cases before the Federal Court of Appeal.

Ability to successfully carry out complex and demanding work assignments.

Ability to maintain a consistently high level of productivity in an environment of numerous competing demands.

Ability to communicate effectively orally.

Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

Showing initiative and being action-oriented.

Working effectively with others.


Thinking things through.

Client service orientation.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)


Recent* and significant** experience, as a legal counsel, in one or more of the following fields of law or practice: transportation law, constitutional law, human rights law, regulatory law, labour law, or litigation.

Recent* experience working as a lawyer for an administrative tribunal or a government body that investigates complaints or issues complex regulatory authorizations.

Recent* experience representing an administrative tribunal as counsel during a public hearing.

Recent* experience representing an administrative tribunal or a government body before the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada or Superior Courts of the provinces or territories or federal administrative tribunals.

Recent* experience representing clients before the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of Canada or Superior Courts of the provinces or territories or federal administrative tribunals.

Recent* experience with the federal regulatory development process.

Recent* experience providing advice on the application of the Canadian Transportation Act of the Air Transportation Regulations.

  • Recent is defined as within the last seven (7) years.

**Significant is defined as the depth and breadth of experience normally associated with having performed the duties for approximately three (3) years.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

Bilingual - Imperative (BBB/BBB)

Information on language requirements

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Availability and willingness to travel for several days at a time for hearings, appeals or conferences.

Availability and willingness to work after hours from time to time and overtime, as required.

Willingness to carry a personnel communication device after working hours and during weekends to monitor urgent matters.

The successful candidate(s) will work at the Canadian Transportation Agency's headquarters in Gatineau.

Conditions of employment

Reliability security clearance

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

A written examination may be administered.

An interview may be administered.

Reference checks may be sought.

Please ensure that your Personal Record Identifier (PRI) is included in your application (for internal candidates).

All written communication obtained throughout the selection process, from the time of application to close of process, could be used to evaluate the candidate.

Please identify clearly your substantive group and level and your employment status on your resume and/or application form (for internal candidates).

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.


It is your responsibility, as an applicant, to clearly demonstrate how you meet each factor of the screening criteria (Experience) for all Essential and applicable Asset Qualifications and that adhere to the stipulated format. Please note that it is not sufficient to simply state that the qualification is "met" or to provide a listing of current or past responsibilities. You must provide concrete examples which clearly demonstrate how you meet each factor of the screening criteria (Experience) for all Essential and applicable Asset Qualifications.

The Asset Qualifications contained in the Statement of Merit Criteria may be used as a screening tool. Candidates must meet all of the essential qualifications to be appointed to a position. A candidate may be appointed to a position even though he/she does not meet any or all of the asset qualifications or operational requirements. However, meeting these criteria is desirable and may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed.


Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users, including users from outside the Public Service (some email systems block these types of email).

Indeterminate employees at the same group and level or equivalent could be considered for deployment.

Locations, dates and times for exams and/or interviews will be determined by the employer. Scheduling of alternative exam and interview dates will only be considered for religious reasons, death in the family, in cases of serious illness or for a reasonable reason approved by the selection committee. A doctor's certificate or other proof will be required.

Pass marks will be established for each qualifications. However, achieving the pass mark is not a guarantee of an appointment or that candidates will be put through the next stages of the assessment process. Cut-off scores and/or top-down approach may be used at any stage of the staffing process if there are a sufficient number of candidates to meet anticipated staffing needs.

The Public Service of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the Public Service Commission or the departmental official in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.


Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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