Litigation Counsel Opportunity

  • Ontario Securities Commissions
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Sep 20, 2022
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description

Enforcement Branch
Full-Time Permanent
File #22-66

At the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), we are operating in a fast-paced environment to meet a changing marketplace that requires new ways of thinking and new approaches. The challenge to keep pace with financial innovation, new technologies and emerging issues means every day is an interesting day. As a member of our dynamic teams of professionals, you will enhance your ability to interpret and apply securities law and regulatory oversight to complex investor protection and capital markets issues.The work we do has a meaningful impact on investors and on the efficient operation of the capital markets. The work we do has a meaningful impact on investors and on the efficient operation of the capital markets. Learn more about the OSC mandate.

What we do makes a difference. We deliver strong investor protection and foster confidence in the capital markets. Learn more about the OSC by visiting our careers site < >.

We offer a diverse, fair and flexible hybrid work environment and take pride in our challenging and rewarding work. As we believe in rewarding outstanding performance, we offer a highly attractive compensation package: competitive base salary, generous performance pay, a highly sought-after defined benefit pension plan, and a comprehensive range of benefits programs with premiums paid by the OSC.

Join the OSC team to shape your career!

The Regulatory Enforcement Action Team within the Enforcement Branch is recruiting for two Litigation Counsel! We currently have a full-time permanent opportunity available at the junior level and another at the intermediate level to support investigations and litigate breaches of Ontario securities law.

The Enforcement Branch supports the OSC in delivering fair, vigorous and timely enforcement. The Enforcement Branch investigates and litigates breaches of securities laws in Ontario. Staff work closely with other securities regulators, self-regulatory organizations and law-enforcement agencies to enhance initiatives to fight misconduct. A strong enforcement presence assists in protecting investors from unfair, improper or fraudulent practices, and in fostering fair and efficient markets and the stability of the financial system.
If you are the type of person who:


  • is passionate about making a difference and having a meaningful impact on investors and participants in Ontario’s capital markets,
  • is excited about the opportunity to investigate and litigate challenging issues and work on high-profile and complex cases, and
  • enjoys being part of a dynamic and flexible work environment with a collaborative, progressive, and professionally diverse team,  

we would love to hear from you!
You have:


  • a minimum of 1 year of experience as a litigator and are a lawyer in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.
  • experience in conducting proceedings in securities-related matters, experience before administrative tribunals, and familiarity with the Securities Act, the Statutory Powers Procedure Act and the Provincial Offences Act.  
  • in-depth knowledge of criminal law and/or administrative law and/or securities law.  
  • working knowledge of the securities and commodities markets is an asset.
  • experience as lead or sole counsel on hearings or trials in order to be able to conduct a proceeding without supervision.

Your work may include the following:

  • conducting legal research to support investigations;
  • examining cases for potential breaches of Ontario securities law by identifying important legal issues;
  • drafting appropriate allegations, and liaising with defense counsel and other stakeholders in your day-to-day duties;
  • providing litigation advice and support for investigations into possible breaches of the Securities Act and the Commodity Futures Act, and determining whether violations have occurred;
  • being an integral part of the investigation team, leveraging an innovative mix of traditional investigative techniques, data analytics, and open-source intelligence analysis;
  • recommending appropriate action, if any;
  • negotiating settlements, where appropriate;
  • giving advice regarding policy matters affecting the Commission’s mandate to enforce Ontario securities law; and
  • preparing and conducting enforcement proceedings before the Ontario Securities Commission.

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

Please submit your application online, at, to be considered for our current opportunities, by Monday, October 10, 2022 (11:59 pm).

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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Practice Area(s)

Securities Law Job