Legal Counsel

  • Government of Canada
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Aug 09, 2022
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Public Sector)

Job Description

Your Challenge

If you dream of joining an organization that is small enough to be noticed and big enough to provide a meaningful career, we want to hear about you!

The House of Commons' Office of the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel is currently looking to staff a Legal Counsel position at the HLA-02A or HLA-01 group and levels on an indeterminate basis, and to establish pools of qualified candidates for the Legal Counsel positions at the HLA-01 and HLA-02A group and levels.

The Organization:
The House of Commons' Office of the Law Clerk and Parliamentary Counsel provides a range of comprehensive and specialized legal services and advice to Members of Parliament, as well as to Senior Officials of the House of Commons. In addition, it also provides expert comprehensive legislative drafting services to Private Members (Members of the House of Commons not in Cabinet) and House committees.

About the Role:
As a member of the Legal Services team, you will provide comprehensive and expert legal advice and services to Members of Parliament and officials of the House of Commons in a professional, non-partisan, confidential and timely manner, on complex issues related to constitutional law, parliamentary law, administrative law, contracts and procurement, privacy law, and employment law among others.

The Ideal Person:
You enjoy working in a collaborative environment while maintaining effective relationships with your teammates, colleagues in other areas of the House Administration, Members of Parliament, their staff and external stakeholders. You are client focused, have excellent interpersonal skills and show initiative and good judgment. You also enjoy mentoring and coaching peers.

Top Reasons to Join the House of Commons Administration:
  • Work at the Heart of democracy
  • Work-life balance / Flexible schedules / 35-hour work week
  • Resources to promote well-being
  • Learning, professional development and advancement opportunities

Everyone is Welcome!
The House of Commons is committed to building and maintaining an inclusive, diverse, respectful and barrier-free environment. We strive to make our organization a place where everyone feels they belong.

If you require accommodation during the application or assessment process, please contact for additional support.



  • Law degree from a recognized university;
  • Membership in good standing with the Bar of a Canadian province or territory.
  • Experience in providing expert legal advice on public law issues;
  • Experience in providing strategic and timely legal advice (both orally and in writing) in respect of complex legal issues.
  • Knowledge of contract law and procurement law;
  • Knowledge of employment law;
  • Knowledge of parliamentary law.



Candidates will be evaluated against House of Commons Administration Competency Framework – Professional/Advisory.



The purpose of this recruitment and selection process is to staff the position of Legal Counsel at the HLA-02A or HLA-01 group and levels on an indeterminate basis and to create pools of potential candidates at the HLA-01 and HLA-02A group and levels that may be considered to staff future vacancies for Legal Counsel positions or for other similar and/or related positions on an indeterminate and/or determinate basis.


Essential Information

  • Effective June 20, 2022, the requirement for all individuals to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to gain entry to the Parliamentary Precinct is being suspended. Please note, however, that the House of Commons reserves the right to reinstate the same or similar requirements at any time without further notice.
  • Other preventative measures will continue to be taken to ensure health and safety during the recruitment process in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic until further notice.
  • Position location: Ottawa, Ontario
  • A variety of assessment tools may be used to assess candidates. Assessments and interviews may be held in-person or virtually and the use of technology may be required. For any questions regarding use of technology, please contact
  • Selected candidates who do not have valid second language evaluation (SLE) results will be assessed.
  • Please note that only applications submitted through our Career Portal will be accepted. Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Saving Time) on August 15, 2022.
  • Please note that candidates will be selected for further evaluations and assessments based on their submitted application (including but not limited to: resumé, cover letter, survey responses, education, etc.) and the ability to demonstrate how they meet the prerequisites and assets within the poster.
  • Please save a copy of the notice of job opportunity as well as all related documents. Once the closing date has passed, these documents will no longer be available.
  • If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Recruitment and Selection at before the closing date and time of the recruitment and selection process. We will respond to enquiries within 24 hours (excluding statutory holidays and weekends).
  • Relocation and travel expenses incurred during the recruitment and selection process are the applicant's responsibility.



Practice Area(s)

Government Legal Job Board