Senior Legal Counsel - Real Estate, Development and Lending

  • Toronto Community Housing
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Aug 14, 2021
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Public Sector)

Job Description

About Toronto Community Housing Corporation

Toronto Community Housing Corporation (“TCHC”) is the largest social housing provider in Canada and the second largest in North America. We are wholly owned by the City of Toronto and operate in a non-profit manner. TCHC has 2,100 buildings in more than 100 city neighbourhoods. We are an essential part of the City of Toronto's fabric and social system. 

TCHC provides homes to nearly 60,000 low and moderate-income households. Our 110,000 tenants come from many different backgrounds with a diversity in age, education, language, mental and physical ability, religion, ethnicity and race. We put our tenants first. We strive to be tenant-focused, collaborative, fair, respectful, accountable, solution-driven, and proactive in everything we do. Our nearly 2,000 employees work to achieve our vision of quality homes in vibrant communities where people are proud to live and work.

We are committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees and strive to create a diverse workplace that reflects the cultural mosaic of our great city and the communities we serve. We recognize the value that comes from different viewpoints, unique experiences and diverse perspectives of our employees, who bring fresh, new ideas to our business. Diversity plays a key role in our ability to deliver on our mission to provide clean, safe, well-maintained, affordable homes for tenants.

TCHC is committed to diversity and inclusion within its community and encourages applications from Indigenous peoples, racialized persons/persons of colour, persons with disabilities, women, LGBTQ2S persons, and others who can help us provide vibrant communities and make our city a great place to live.


Make a Difference

At Toronto Community Housing we pride ourselves on fostering an environment of collaboration and respect.  In the Senior Legal Counsel role, you will build strong internal and external relationships and play an integral part in transforming Toronto Community Housing for the future!

Reporting to the General Counsel and working closely with TCHC’s Board and management, alongside the City of Toronto and its Agencies, this role will be responsible for the delivery of high quality, proactive legal advice and representation to TCHC staff in support of TCHC’s real estate and development objectives in a manner that aligns with TCHC's tenant focused culture.  This role functions as the primary internal real estate lawyer on the revitalization of TCHC’s housing portfolio including Regent Park, Alexandra Park, and Lawrence Heights and other projects involving multi-phase redevelopment that includes tenant rental buildings, market condominiums and commercial spaces.  The role includes a wide assortment of general real estate matters involving commercial leasing, purchase and sale, secured financing, mortgage re-financings, construction and license agreements.

What You'll Do

  • Work independently and with project managers and senior staff on community revitalizations, market condominium joint ventures, real estate financings, construction matters and general real estate
  • Negotiate and complete all real estate commercial agreements such as project agreements, joint ventures, and purchase and sale agreements. 
  • Negotiate and complete mortgage re-financings.
  • Research and provide legal opinions and advice to TCH’s management and executive teams to proactively assist the corporation and respond to specific client’s requirements
  • Provide education, training and mentoring to TCH managers and staff on all matters related to real estate and development, and compliance with related legal requirements
  • Supervision of a real estate law clerk and real estate legal counsel

What You'll Need

  • LLB. or Juris Doctor, as well as membership in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada.
  • Extensive experience in commercial real estate, leasing, secured lending, corporate/commercial Law.
  • Minimum of 8 years knowledge and experience from a law firm or in-house legal department in development, municipal and environmental law, real estate joint ventures/partnerships, real estate financings, construction        contracts, commercial leasing and general real estate matters.
  • Ability to provide advice on a wide variety of real estate related legal issues.
  • Ability to manage a heavy file load and efficiently manage external legal counsel. 
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Proven ability to interact effectively with and engage a variety of stakeholders including staff, business partners, City of Toronto officials, and community groups.
  • Proficiency in Teraview.
  • Working knowledge of relevant real estate legislation and other legislation applicable to the operations of TCHC.

What's Next

Once you apply, we’ll review your resume and cover letter to determine if your skills and experience match the qualifications for the role. Only qualified candidates will be contacted to move forward in the hiring process. If you are contacted, the process will include an interview, written/practical test, and reference check. 

Benefits/work perks

In addition to a competitive salary and a rewarding career where you can truly make a difference, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that meets the various needs of our diverse employees, including:

  • Three weeks paid vacation and two personal days
  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • Health and Dental Benefits including Healthcare Spending Account
  • Employee Assistance Plan
  • Maternity and Parental Leave Top Up
  • Fitness Membership discount
  • Annual Tuition Reimbursement
  • Flexible work arrangements, remote work with occasional in-person attendance required during pandemic response

Accessibility for Applicants

Toronto Community Housing is committed to equity in employment. Our goal is a diverse, inclusive, and barrier-free workplace that reflects the communities we serve.

We will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities at all stages of the hiring process in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and Toronto Community Housing’s Accessibility Policy.

If you are a person with a disability and need the job posting in an alternative format or any other accessible accommodations during the hiring process, please email your request to our Human Resources department at or call our accessible accommodations line at 416-981-4119. Please refer to the job requisition number when you contact us.

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