Municipal organizations have unique legal challenges that require creative solutions from an experienced team. BLG’s Municipal Group has a leading practice acting for municipalities in all aspects of land use regulation, such as large-scale policy planning approvals and hearings, provincial policy conformity approvals and hearings, project-specific approvals and hearings, community improvement plans and projects, and development agreement negotiation and drafting. Our depth of knowledge and experience can provide you with a range of fresh solutions to new and familiar issues in the municipal arena. We can assist you with assembling the right team to accomplish your objectives and overcome challenges in a timely and cost effective manner.

Even when the interests and positions of the parties seem to defy solutions, our experienced Municipal Group is equipped to offer strategic advice, negotiate advantageous terms, resolve conflicts, and fulfill all of your municipal law requirements. Our leading litigation practice can assist you with matters involving municipal tribunals and the courts. We also draw on our experience in related fields including land acquisition and expropriation, development charges and municipal finance, brownfield redevelopment and municipal governance. As necessary, the Municipal Group can call on professionals from other practice groups within our full-service firm to provide you with expertise in all areas relating to local government.

Our Municipal Group has a great deal of experience advising and representing upper-tier, single-tier, and lower-tier municipalities. We also regularly act for provincial governments; government agencies, boards and commissions; and a range of public institutions including educational and healthcare entities.

Publications & Presentations

Representative Work

  • Approvals – official plans, official plan amendments, secondary plans, zoning by-laws, interim control by-laws, site plans and subdivisions
  • Conformity exercises – Growth Plan, Greenbelt Plan, Provincial Policy Statement and others
  • Agreements – subdivision, site plan, servicing, front-ending, financing
  • Advice – all aspects of land use, municipal finance, municipal governance and spheres of municipal authority
  • Advocacy – Ontario Municipal Board, courts, committees of adjustment, councils

Rankings & Recognitions

The Municipal Group or its members are recognized in:

  • The 2018 edition of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • The 2017 edition of Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory for Property Development.
  • Novae Res Urbis, a leading industry publication, as having a leading OMB practice.
  • Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use – Alberta & Ontario)
  • Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution: Alberta).
  • Chambers Global — The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution: Alberta)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Property Development).
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Infrastructure Law).
  • The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Property Development).
  • Lexpert®/ROB Special Edition on Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers.
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Property Leasing, Property Development)
  • Benchmark Canada — The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Energy Regulatory Law, Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law, Oil and Gas Law, Corporate and Commercial Litigation and Energy Law)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Commercial Leasing Law, Real Estate Law, Expropriation Law, and Municipal Law)
  • Who's Who Legal: Government Contracts and Who's Who Legal 2017: Compendium Edition