Legal services


This information from the Minister’s transition binder was current as of November 2019. We don’t update this page as it is part of the historical record.

The role of Environment Legal Services is to provide an in-house legal counsel service for the Environment portfolio consisting of Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC) and Parks Canada Agency (PCA). It is a centre of expertise in the area of environmental law for the Department of Justice and the Government of Canada as a whole.

ECCC Legal Services is comprised of six teams, each with their own area of expertise. Teams of counsel (46 lawyers) and paralegals fully support Environment and Climate Change Canada, the IAAC as well as PCA. Each team delivers legal advice on environment policies and programs, legislative and regulatory development and drafting, as well as, litigation support and legal training. For some specialized areas of law outside the expertise of Environment Legal Services (e.g., information and privacy law, labour and employment law, constitutional and administrative law, human rights law), legal support for the Environment portfolio is provided by central specialized units within the Department of Justice.

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