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Bilingual Counsel - Corporate Advisory (Anywhere in Canada)

Job Requisition ID: 8077  

Language Designation: Bilingual 

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

Base Salary: $78,657 - $98,321 

Position Status: Permanent Full Time 

Travel Requirement: Occasional 

Office Location: Ottawa (ON)


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.

We’re constantly evolving to build an inclusive housing system through research, design, innovation and partnerships. As a member of the Legal Services team, you will provide legal services and advice to business partners on a broad range of matters in order to contribute to the overall effectiveness of the Corporation. You will establish and maintain positive on-going relationships with business partners and teammates in the provision of legal services under tight deadlines and turnaround times. You will help us make housing affordable for everyone in Canada.

This is a permanent full time position. 




•    Provide legal advice to management, clients or other CMHC staff on a wide range of operational and strategic matters, policies and programs.
•    Draft and advise on agreements and other legal documents to support corporate activities and strategic direction.
•    Conduct legal research in support of legal issues ranging from moderate to high complexity to facilitate the delivery of legal services, and expand personal knowledge and familiarity with CMHC’s programs and operations.
•    Liaise with management to identify potential legal risks and efficient mitigating strategies, and offer proactive advice on possible legal issues.
•    Consult and share information with the Legal Services Division team, and escalate issues that fall outside the scope of the position's legal expertise when required.
•    Instruct and manage outside counsel on matters assigned. 

•    Manage client relationships by leading the delivery of legal services on assigned files and client groups.
•    Communicate and negotiate with external parties.
•    Ensure legal requirements and their implications on CMHC are communicated and understood by key internal stakeholders.
•    Support other counsels, legal directors and senior management of the Legal Services Division in their respective roles in the achievement of the Legal Services Division's objectives.
•    Persuade, influence and negotiate with others on a regular basis.

Minimum Qualifications:


•    Membership of a Bar in any province or territory (common law or civil law).
•    Legal experience, in private or public sector firms or organizations.
•    Advanced legal research and drafting skills.
•    Demonstrated ability for teamwork.
•    Superior interpersonal and communication skills.
•    Strong problem solving, flexibility and innovation skills.
•    Ability to manage multiple files under very tight deadline.
•    Bilingualism (French and English).

Preferred Qualifications:

•    Knowledge of Crown corporations and government machinery.


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.