Currently, the world’s carbon footprint is top-of-mind, making environmental protection regulation front-page news. Companies that do not demonstrate compliance with environmental policy and regulation can find their reputations questioned and business operations hindered. Organizations discovered—or even perceived—to be skirting environmental laws will be thrown into automatic defence mode against the public, employees and stakeholders. Across industries, Canadian companies turn to McMillan’s environmental lawyers for on-point strategic counsel on how to navigate ecological regulations while operating profitably and forging new ground.
Globally, countries are challenged to grow their resource sectors and economy, while remaining in compliance with consistently evolving environmental regulations. McMillan’s corporate environmental lawyers help clients comply with the full range of international, federal, territorial, provincial and local environmental laws and programs while bringing new products to market that foster the economy. Our lawyers provide timely, expert advice on a wide variety of environmental aspects impacting business, with expertise in climate change and carbon trading, as well as the mining, energy, oil and gas, and infrastructure sectors.
At McMillan, we combine our legal experience with industry-specific expertise to quickly understand the issues clients face and provide counsel that meets their business objectives. And when clients’ practices are called into question, we help them mount robust defences in environmental hearings and prosecutions for infractions of relevant legislation.
Experienced in environmental policy and regulation, McMillan’s environmental lawyers help clients lead by:
- Assisting with meeting emission standards and obtaining permits and approvals, due diligence audits, officers’ and directors’ liabilities, and spills and spill reporting
- Advising on environmental liabilities and property investigations in the context of mergers and acquisitions, and financings
- Negotiating agreements with private parties and governmental authorities involving the transfer or allocation of environmental risks, site remediation and compliance with regulatory requirements, and brownfield sales, purchases and development
Deals and Cases
INSIGHTS (35 Posts)
Federal Government Accepts Ontario’s Emissions Performance Standards (EPS) Program for Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Transition Dates to Come
Bill 31 – Environmental Protection Statutes Amendment Act Passed and In Force – Cutting Red Tape and Returning Discretion to Alberta Environment and Parks
Alberta Government Passes Bill 12, Liabilities Management Statutes Amendment Act, 2020 – What You Need to Know
Supreme Court of Canada Opens the Door to Novel International Human Rights Claims: The Uncertain Implications for Canadian Resource Companies
Lost in Transition: Working Through the Silence Surrounding Leasehold Interests in the Construction Act’s Transition Provisions
Expropriation of Contaminated Land: a Tug-of-War of Competing Interests in the “Fair Market” Valuation
Applying the Nairobi International Convention in Canada: The Wrecked, Abandoned and Hazardous Vessels Act (Canada)
Environmental Obligations Cannot be Ignored Even in Bankruptcy: Orphan Wells Association v Grant Thornton Ltd.
Out with the old and in with the new: transitioning from Ontario’s old Construction Lien Act to the new Construction Act
Equivalency Agreements, Environmental Assessment and Aboriginal Consultation – Implications of Coastal First Nations v. British Columbia (Environment)
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