Mark Austin

Mark’s practice focuses on regulatory health law and regulated health products. He has advised various health care providers, health care associations and food, cosmetic, pharmacy, pharmaceutical, medical device, over-the-counter and natural health products clients on commercial and regulatory matters including regulatory restrictions, regulatory approvals, labelling, advertising and promotion, recalls and crisis management.

Mark has experience helping clients deal with regulatory agencies such as the Health Products and Food Branch of the Department of Health, the Product Safety Program of the Department of Health and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. He is also a licensed veterinarian.

Representative Work

Latest Insights

  • Osler Update Feb 8, 2021

    Drone law in Canada

    Before commencing drone operations, it is often necessary that you obtain certifications, registrations, follow safety protocols and both identify and...

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  • Osler Update Jan 7, 2019

    Ontario takes phased approach to cannabis retail licensing, and AGCO announces lottery rules

    Citing national supply shortages of legal cannabis, Ontario published a regulatory amendment and announced that up to a maximum of 25 retail licences ...

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  • Osler Update Dec 18, 2018

    Canada first G7 country to legalize retail cannabis

    On October 17, 2018, the Cannabis Act (the Act) came into effect. The Act regulates retail cannabis for adult use, medical cannabis and industrial hem...

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  • Osler Update Jun 20, 2018

    Cannabis Act passes final vote in Senate

    On June 19, 2018, the Senate voted to pass Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act. Senators voted 52-29, with two abstentions, to pass the final version of the B...

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Awards and Recognition

  • LMG Life Sciences: Leading Lawyer (Regulatory)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Life Sciences & Health

Media Mentions

  • Osler News Jun 29, 2023

    29 Osler lawyers recognized in Lexpert Special Edition: Technology and Health 2023

    Congratulations to 29 of our lawyers for their inclusion in the Lexpert Special Edition: Technology and Health 2023.

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  • Osler News Oct 1, 2019

    Osler recognized by Euromoney Legal Media Group’s 2019 Life Sciences publication

    Osler is pleased to announce that four of the firm’s lawyers have been recognized in the Euromoney Legal Media Group’s 2019 Life Sciences publication.

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Speaking and Writing

Published Work

  • New Mandatory Reporting Requirements for Electrical Products, Osler Advertising and Marketing Review, October 2008.
  • Canada Introduces Consumer Product Safety Legislation, Osler Advertising and Marketing Review, May 2008.



  • University of Western Ontario, M.B.A.
  • University of Calgary, LL.B.
  • University of Guelph, D.V.M.


  • English

Professional Affiliations

  • Alberta Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • College of Veterinarians of Ontario