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The energy sector continues to be a significant contributor to Canada’s economy. While renewables are becoming a more significant part of the global energy mix, fossil fuels will still provide a substantial portion of the world’s increasing energy demands for the foreseeable future.

Canada’s energy sector has been developing hydrocarbons for more than 150 years. The success of this industry has been built on entrepreneurship, innovation and the thoughtful management of the many challenges involved, including changing cost structures and commodity price fluctuations; evolving technology required to access previously stranded assets and improve carbon capture strategies; reducing carbon emissions and managing environmental impacts of operations; working in partnership with Indigenous groups; understanding the ever-evolving regulatory regimes; and working to obtain access to new markets.

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How we can help

The offering Osler’s Energy Group provides to clients is simple but all-encompassing. We understand the industry and the marketplace in which you operate; we take the time to understand your objectives fully, and then we partner with you in creative ways to deliver on your goals.

The energy industry is in the midst of a massive transformation, with shifting economic and geopolitical realities presenting new challenges and opportunities. At the forefront of this change is an increased focus on hydrogen, biogas and alternative energy sources.

Companies need to work with a law firm that understands the trends shaping this sector to navigate this evolving landscape. Osler’s Energy Group worked with leading participants in every sector aspect on business-critical projects and transactions from coast to coast. In the process, we have developed market-leading expertise in structuring complex joint ventures, completing strategic mergers and acquisitions, undertaking high-profile regulatory proceedings, and developing and project financing major infrastructure projects.

Our clients include multinational E&P companies, infrastructure companies, private equity and pension funds, state-owned enterprises, mid-market and midstream companies, renewable energy developers, pipeline companies and multi-party consortiums. We’ve helped upstream, midstream, downstream and integrated operations build new projects, expand existing ones and execute all growth plans. In addition, we’ve assisted companies in navigating competition and antitrust issues, dispute resolution, Indigenous law, land usage challenges and environmental regulations, among many other matters. Leveraging Osler’s unique “one-firm” approach, our lawyers have extensive experience in litigating complex cases related to energy, resource and infrastructure projects.

Whether you’re involved in LNG, oil sands, offshore, shale gas, pipelines, upgrading and refining facilities or other areas of the market, you must stay on top of the many issues that will arise now and in the future. We pride ourselves on having a top-tier team — our Group is ranked Band 1 in Chambers Canada, one of the leading legal directories in the world — with significant experience in all energy-related matters and the agility to adapt to the changing needs of our clients.


  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Energy: Oil & Gas (Band 1)
    • "They provide high-level strategic advice, as well as detailed technical legal advice, and provide a seamless service across all relevant practice areas."
  • Chambers Canada Awards 2020: Named "Projects & Energy Law Firm of the Year” 
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Energy: Oil & Gas (Band 1) and Energy: Power (Band 1)
    • "Osler’s highly regarded energy group has played an integral role in advising clients in many of the most significant and complex transactions and projects involving Canadian energy companies at home and abroad."
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Energy Oil & Gas (Alberta)
  • The Legal 500: Recognized in Energy: Oil & Gas (Tier 1)