Legal Counsel

  • Government of Canada
  • Gatineau, Québec, Canada
  • Apr 04, 2020
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Public Sector) Lawyer (Other) Solicitor

Job Description


Reporting directly to a Team Lead (senior counselor or above) in the Legal Services Branch, legal counsels offer legal advice and analysis to staff, senior management as well as to members of the Commission. Legal counsels also ensure that each step within a CRTC proceeding is undertaken in manner that conforms with legal principles of natural justice.

Work environment

The Canadian radio-television and telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is an administrative tribunal operating at arm’s length from the federal government. The CRTC endeavours to ensure that Canadians have access to a world-class communication system that promotes innovation and enriches their lives. Its role is to apply the legislation under its regulatory mandate, in particular the Broadcasting Act, the Telecommunications Act and Canada’s Anti-spam Legislation; as well as to enact regulations, regulatory policies, decisions and other regulatory mechanisms in order to properly fulfill its mandate to regulate and supervise broadcasting and telecommunications in the public interest.

The legal directorate of the CRTC offers a dynamic and intellectually stimulating working environment. We also foster flexible working conditions that allow our lawyers to better reconcile their professional and personal lives. Based on the most recent Public Service Employee Survey Results, the CRTC placed 6th in terms of the best places to work in the federal public service. The specific result of the legal services branch are particularly notable in that:

• 92% of our employees like their job.
• 92% of our employees are proud of the work that they do.
• 96% of our employees would recommend the CRTC as a great place to work.

Intent of the process

The CRTC Legal Services Branch is looking for a legal counsel to fill one (1) position on a term basis. The term would begin in April/July 2020 and would end in April/July 2021. The exact dates will be established with the successful candidate. While the position being filed is for a one-year term, there is a possibility of the term being extended or that the position will be made indeterminate.

A pool of partially or fully qualified candidates may be established in order to fill similar positions within the Legal Services Branch with varying tenures and language requirements, which may vary according to the position to be staffed.

Priority consideration will be given to persons who currently occupy an LP-01 position within the federal public service.

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)


Member in good standing in the Bar of one of the provinces or territories of Canada or in the Order of Notaries in the Province of Quebec; or eligibility for such membership.


Experience* in the provision of legal advice on in the area of regulatory law.

Experience* in administrative law.

*The practice of law may include employment as an articling student, as well as clerkship with the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada (Appeal and Trial Divisions), or a Court of Appeal for a province or territory of Canada.


Demonstrating integrity and respect.

Working well with others.

Demonstrating initiative and being action-oriented.

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

Various language requirements
English or French essential
Bilingual Imperative - BBB/BBB

Information on language requirements


Ability to communicate effectively orally.

Ability to communicate effectively in writing.

Thinking things through.

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


Experience in telecommunications law.

Experience in broadcasting law.

Experience in law relating to compliance and enforcement of regulatory obligations.

Experience in constitutional law.


To have a skilled and diversified workforce representative of the population we serve by encouraging the hiring of candidates self-identifying as belonging to an employment equity group such as: Women, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities or members of visible minorities.


Ability and willingness to work extended hours, including evenings and weekends, on occasion.

Ability and willingness to travel on occasion.

Conditions of employment

Secret security clearance - Have or be eligible to obtain a secret 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 transcript of law school grades may be requested.

References may be requested.

An interview may be conducted.

A written exam may be administered.

Other qualifications may be considered.

No acknowledgement of receipt will be sent. We will communicate with the candidates once the process is completed.

Applicants are entitled to participate in this process in their official language of choice. In the context of this process, we intend to communicate with applicants via email. Please provide a valid email address.


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.

Contact information


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