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Environmental

Our team provides strategic and ongoing advice on the environmental implication of major projects.

Our Environmental experts provide environmental advice relating to all aspects of major project development, including environmental assessments, approvals and permits, waste and soil, contaminated lands, and general environmental compliance. Our team provides strategic and ongoing advice on the environmental implication of major projects.

In addition, our team represents clients in all aspects of environmental litigation, including civil actions, prosecutions, class actions, administrative hearings and judicial review applications. Our team also provides guidance to clients with existing operations, and assists them with risk management and mitigation, as well as emergency response in the case of environmental incidents.

Key Contacts

Jennifer Fairfax

Partner, Litigation; Regulatory, Indigenous and Environmental, Toronto

Richard J. King

Partner, Regulatory, Indigenous and Environmental, Toronto


Representative Work


Latest Insights

  • Osler Update Jul 18, 2024

    Blueberry River First Nations files claim against B.C. for the Gundy Plan

    On July 8, 2024, Blueberry River First Nations (BRFN) filed a Notice of Civil Claim[1] (the Claim) against the province of British...

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    Blueberry River First Nations files claim against B.C. for the Gundy Plan
  • Osler Update Apr 30, 2024

    B.C. recognizes Haida Nation’s title to Haida Gwaii — what the historic agreement makes clear, and questions remaining

    A recent agreement between B.C. and the Council of the Haida Nation is one of very few instances in which Aboriginal title has been formally...

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    B.C. recognizes Haida Nation’s title to Haida Gwaii — what the historic agreement makes clear, and questions remaining
  • Osler Update Jan 30, 2024

    A surge of initiatives: developments in Alberta power and electricity policy to watch in 2024

    Last year saw several policy initiatives with the potential to significantly impact Alberta’s power and electricity framework. We look at some key...

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    A surge of initiatives: developments in Alberta power and electricity policy to watch in 2024
  • Osler Update Jan 24, 2024

    Nunavut to take control of Crown land within territory following devolution agreement with Canada

    Last week, the federal government agreed to transfer control of Crown lands in Nunavut to the territory by April 2027. We look at the history of...

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    Nunavut to take control of Crown land within territory following devolution agreement with Canada
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Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Environmental Law
    • “Clients value the firm’s “ability to understand highly technical issues, environmental impact assessments and environmental protection planning,” as well as its “excellent client service which includes quick responses, detailed research, and clear communication of legal risks.”
    • “They understand the difference between legal opinion and what a company has to do to walk the path of ensuring good relationships.”
    • “They are very good, very knowledgeable and very responsive. I would recommend them for environmental litigation.”
  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Environmental Law
    • “The firm knows how to identify the various options and solutions, clarify challenges and provide clients with the most efficient path to meet their goals.”
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Environmental Law (Calgary, Alberta; Toronto, Ontario)
  • Legal 500: Recognized in Environmental Law

In the Media

  • Osler News Mar 12, 2024

    Brad Gilmour joins Osler’s Regulatory, Indigenous and Environmental group as a partner

    Brad specializes in complex regulatory and environmental approvals for some of Canada’s largest and most important projects, advising clients...

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  • Media Mentions Feb 13, 2024

    Climate change-related litigation grew in volume and diversity in 2023: Osler’s Jennifer Fairfax – Canadian Lawyer

    Osler’s Jennifer Fairfax told Canadian Lawyer magazine that even though climate-change litigation is “in its infancy” in Canada it is a growing...

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  • Osler News Feb 22, 2023

    Deirdre Sheehan joins Osler’s Regulatory, Indigenous and Environmental practice in Calgary as a partner

    Deirdre Sheehan has joined Osler’s Regulatory team in Calgary with extensive experience in the regulatory and environmental aspects of electricity,...

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  • Media Mentions Feb 11, 2023

    Ban on foreign homebuyers hits commercial real estate deals – The Globe and Mail

    Canada’s foreign homebuyer ban is inadvertently impacting commercial property deals, says Osler's Paul Morassutti.

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