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Senior Counsel (Anywhere in Canada)

Job Requisition ID: 8280  

Language Designation: English Essential 

Language Skill Levels (Read/Write/Speak): ZZZ 

Position Status: Permanent Full Time 

Travel Requirement: Limited 

Office Location: Montreal (QC); Calgary (AB); Halifax (NS); Ottawa (ON); Toronto (ON); Vancouver (BC)


Help make a difference for Canadians. CMHC’s aspiration is that by 2030, everyone in Canada has a home that they can afford and that meets their needs. All of our programs and activities support this singular goal.
Be part of an inclusive workplace. Diversity and Inclusion guides everything we do at CMHC. We’re taking concrete actions to eradicate racism and advance equity within CMHC and the housing system.

Join the Legal Services team, where you will provide expert-level legal advice to business partners on CMHC’s operational and strategic matters, policies and programs and act as lead counsel for complex and major transactions. You will establish and maintain positive on-going relationships with business partners, senior management and coordinate work with other legal team members. In doing so, you will help us make housing affordable for everyone in Canada. 


•  Play a leading role in providing legal support for CMHC’s programs and activities.
•  Act as subject matter expert in the legal fields related to the position. 
•  Advise on risk and strategic issues and manage these elements with stakeholders to achieve business objectives.
•  Advise and contribute substantially to the development of internal corporate, business and governance policies.
•  Lead the day-to-day delivery of legal support to an assigned area(s) or entire program(s).
•  Mentor, coach and supervise functionally the work of intermediate and junior legal colleagues. 
•  Support the design and delivery of new CMHC programs.
•  Instruct and manage outside counsel on matters assigned. 
•  Assist overall in the delivery of Legal Services Division’s mandate.
Minimum Qualifications: 

•  Membership of a Bar in any province or territory (common law or civil law) or the Chambre des notaires du Québec. 
•  Minimum of 7 years’ demonstrated post-call legal experience, in private or public sector firms or organizations, in any of the following areas: real estate financing, general financing, mergers-and-acquisitions, transactional, corporate/commercial, banking (secured/unsecured lending) – and/or alternatively in the areas of: IT, data and information law, privacy, procurement. 
•  Demonstrated ability to act as lead counsel for major transactions.
•  Demonstrated experience coaching, mentoring and developing other team members. 
•  Expert-level legal research and drafting skills. 
•  Demonstrated advanced level expertise in fostering partnerships and teamwork. 
•  Demonstrated experience building professional relationships with senior stakeholders.
•  Superior interpersonal and communication skills.
•  Strong problem solving, flexibility and innovation skills.
•  Proven leadership capacity and ability to influence others.
•  Demonstrated experience in managing multiple files under very tight deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications: 


• Knowledge of Crown corporations and government machinery.
• Bilingualism (English/French) is an asset. 


Posting closing date:  Note, the competition may remain active until filled.





On June 14, 2022, the Government of Canada announced that as of June 20, 2022, it will suspend vaccination requirements for federal government employees.  This decision followed a review of the current public health situation, including the evolution of the virus and vaccination rates in Canada. As a result, and consistent with the Government of Canada decision, CMHC has suspended its Vaccination Policy, effective June 20, 2022.  


As a result, at this time, CMHC does not require employees to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.  CMHC will continue to monitor the public health situation and may at any time make adjustments and adopt or reintroduce measures, including mandatory vaccination, attestation and verification requirements. Any such vaccination measures, as updated from time to time, shall form a term and condition of your employment at CMHC.


CMHC is an inclusive workplace where diversity of thought – and of people – are recognized, valued, and considered essential to achieving our aspiration.


We are committed to employment equity and actively encourage applications from women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, veterans and persons of all races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities and expressions. We also welcome applications from non-Canadians who are eligible to work in Canada.


We sincerely thank all candidates for their interest, however, please note that only applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted. If selected for an interview or testing, please advise us if you require an accommodation.