Environmental, Regulatory and Aboriginal


Osler’s team of Environmental, Regulatory and Aboriginal experts combine technical expertise; peerless regulatory experience; commercial know-how and international perspective to successfully advise on complex environmental and aboriginal matters. Our clients come to us for advice on how to: proactively manage environmental challenges; navigate the applicable regulatory frameworks; and manage environmental and aboriginal issues. Osler positions their clients for the best development outcome possible by working in partnership to anticipate and address issues relevant to their development. We achieve results through providing timely and strategic advice in the context of an intricate and shifting environmental regulatory regime.

Our Environmental team includes former government counsel, providing a unique perspective and access to decision makers at all levels of government on how to deal with regulators in response to environmental challenges that may arise. Osler provides seamless and efficient advice from a Canadian perspective on environmental requirements that cross the Canada-U.S. border.

We advise companies of all sizes and with single or multi-jurisdictional footprints in the following areas:

  • Regulatory approvals and environmental assessments
  • Aboriginal consultation
  • Civil litigation
  • Climate change and emissions trading
  • Commercial transactions
  • Corporate governance
  • Defence to prosecutions
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Orders and appeals
  • Project development and planning
  • U.S. and cross-border matters


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  • China Molybdenum Co., Ltd

    China Molybdenum Co., Ltd in its US$2.65 billion agreement to acquire Freeport-McMoRan’s indirect 56% interest in the Tenke Fungurume copper-cobalt mine

  • Kinder Morgan Canada Inc.

    Kinder Morgan Canada Inc. in its National Energy Board approval for the toll methodology for the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline system, which will transport 890,000 barrels per day of petroleum products from Edmonton, Alberta to the west coast of Canada.

  • Apache Canada Ltd. and KM LNG Operating General Partnership

    Apache Canada Ltd. and KM LNG Operating General Partnership in their successful application before the National Energy Board (NEB) seeking an approval to export LNG from British Columbia to the Asia Pacific Region.

  • EnCana Corporation

    EnCana Corporation in their Suffield NWA shallow gas project in Medicine Hat, Alberta with regard to obtaining all regulatory and environmental approvals before a Joint Review Panel, ERCB, and Environment Canada.

  • TransCanada Pipeline

    TransCanada Pipeline in their Groundbirch Project before the National Energy Board with regard to obtaining a certificate of public convenience and necessity for a 1.25 Bcf/d pipeline, being the first expansion of the Alberta System into British Columbia.

  • Shell Canada Limited

    Shell Canada Limited on their Muskeg River, Jackpine and Pierre River Mines, and related expansions, for all regulatory and environmental approvals and on Aboriginal oil sands issues.

  • De Beers Canada Inc.

    De Beers Canada Inc. on their Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine Project in the NWT for Aboriginal issues and all regulatory approvals before the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board.

  • Nalcor Energy

    Nalcor Energy (Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro) on their Lower Churchill hydroelectric project in Labrador on all regulatory approvals and Aboriginal matters.

  • Hydro One

    Hydro One on the regulatory and environmental approvals and assessments for the Bruce to Milton transmission line and the Northwest Transmission Expansion Project.

  • Industrial operators, service stations, and owners and occupiers

    Industrial operators, service stations, and owners and occupiers in the successful defence and resolution of hundreds of civil litigation cases dealing with contaminated sites.

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The following international and Canadian surveys prominently feature lawyers on the team, identifying them as leading lawyers: Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Business Lawyers; Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Business Lawyers; The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory; The Best Lawyers in Canada and Benchmark Canada.

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