Counsel - Commercial / Employment and Labor

Job Requisition ID: 9976  

Position Status: Permanent Full Time 

Position Type: Hybrid  

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

Travel Requirement: Limited 

Language Designation: English Essential 

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

Salary: Our salaries generally range from $ 93500 to $ 124557 and are based on qualifications and experience. 


About CMHC

At CMHC, the work you do and the work we do together matters. We come to work every day with a common purpose: to realize a future where everyone in Canada has a home that they can afford and meets their needs.


Our people are second to none. We lean in with courage, band together as a community and try new things to make a lasting impact on housing from coast to coast to coast.


Join us and be part of a team that's committed to making a real difference and be part of something meaningful.


What’s in it for you

We’ve got the purpose, the people and the perks you need for a fulfilling career. Here’s what you get when you’re a permanent employee:

  • 5 weeks of vacation.
  • Annual individual performance bonus.
  • Defined benefit pension plan.
  • Comprehensive group insurance plan to support your well-being from day one.
  • Support in your personal and professional growth with training, mentorship and more – because when you thrive, we thrive.
  • An inclusive workplace culture and environment with Employee Resource Groups and more.
  • A hybrid work model that lets you balance working from home and nurturing in-person connections by coming into your region’s office at a minimum of 4 times a month.


About the role
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.



  • Provide legal advice to management, clients or other CMHC staff on a wide range of matters including litigation, employment and labor related matters.
  • 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. 


What you should have (Minimum Qualifications): 

  • Membership of a Bar in any province or territory (common law or civil law).
  • A minimum of two years’ post-ca ll legal experience, in private or public sector firms or organizations.
  • Advanced legal research and drafting skills.
  • A demonstrated ability for teamwork.
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong problem solving, flexibility and innovation skills.
  • The ability to manage multiple files under very tight deadlines.

It would be great if you also had (Preferred Qualifications): 


  • Knowledge of Crown corporations and government machinery.
  • Experience with litigation, employment and labor related matters including with entities   subject to the Canada Labor Code.
  • Bilingualism (French and English).


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




Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion 

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


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


Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion 


What happens after you apply 

We know that applying for a new job can be both exciting and daunting, and we appreciate your effort. Learn more about our hiring process.  If you are selected for an interview or testing, please advise us if you require an accommodation.


If you applied before and you were not successful don’t worry – we're always posting new positions, so don’t hesitate to give it another shot. We’re excited to see what you bring to the table this time around!