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Across sectors, there are times when organizations require the approval of various Canadian administrative agencies and tribunals in order to further their mandates. When a stamp of approval is required, McMillan’s administrative lawyers combine a deep understanding of Canadian administrative law with a strong recognition of our clients’ business objectives and stand ready to pursue litigation when the need arises.

Our litigation lawyers have represented clients before a wide range of administrative tribunals, including the Environmental Appeal Board, Labour Relations Boards, Information and Privacy Commissioners, the Natural Resources Conservation Board, the Trademarks Opposition Board, the Competition Tribunal, and others. Should an administrative agency and tribunal act outside their scope of authority — either unconstitutionally or unfairly — we seek relief for our clients via judicial review. In the face of challenging government action, McMillan’s Litigation Group has appeared before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Our expertise is not limited to representing private-sector clients before administrative bodies. Our lawyers also act on behalf of governmental agencies and statutory decision-makers, advising them on points of administrative law and legal strategies to defend their interests.

McMillan professionals help clients lead by: appearing on their behalf before administrative tribunals; arguing judicial review applications and appeals of administrative decisions; providing advice on intellectual property issues; negotiating with tribunal officials; advising on the law and prospective legislative changes; dealing with expropriations and related matters.

Primary Contacts

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Adam D.H. Chisholm
Partner, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Richard Jones
Q.C. Partner, Litigation & Dispute Resolution | Environment
Joan M. Young
Partner, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Michael S. Rankin
Partner, Litigation & Dispute Resolution

INSIGHTS (25 Posts)

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The LPAT and the New “Ontario Land Tribunals” Cluster

The New Ontario Land Tribunals Cluster and moving forward with hearings at the LPAT.

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Jul 6, 2020
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COVID-19: July 6th Update on the Impacts to Development Applications and Hearings

Status update (July 6, 2020) re: land use planning and municipal response to COVID-19 in Ontario; processing
applications, appeals, and municipal closures.

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Jul 6, 2020
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COVID-19: May 13th Update on the Impacts to Development Applications and Hearings

Status update (May 13, 2020) re: land use planning and municipal response to COVID-19 in Ontario; processing applications, appeals, and municipal closures.

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May 13, 2020
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COVID-19: April 22nd Update on the Impacts to Development Applications and Hearings

Status update (April 22, 2020) re: land use planning and municipal response to COVID-19 in Ontario; processing applications, appeals, and municipal closures.

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Apr 22, 2020
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COVID-19: April 15th Update on the Impacts to Development Applications and Hearings

Status update (April 15, 2020) re: land use planning and municipal response to COVID-19 in Ontario; processing applications, appeals, and municipal closures.

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Apr 15, 2020
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COVID-19: March 30th Update on the Impacts to Development Applications and Hearings

Status update (March 30, 2020) re: land use planning and municipal response to COVID-19 in Ontario; processing applications, appeals, and municipal closures.

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Mar 30, 2020
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COVID-19: “Essential” Information About the Consequences of Continuing to Operate a “Non-Essential Business” in Ontario and Québec

An outline of the potential consequences to continuing to operate a business ordered to close by the governments of Quebec and Ontario.

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Mar 25, 2020
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COVID-19: What is the Impact on Development Applications and Hearings?

Status update re: the land use planning and municipal response to COVID-19 in Ontario; processing applications, appeals, and municipal closures.

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Mar 23, 2020
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Amendments to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and Marine Liability Act

On December 13, 2018, Bill C-86, A second Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 27, 2018 and other measures, otherwise known as the Budget Implementation Act was given royal assent.

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Feb 13, 2019

SCC Supports LGBTQ Students In Balancing Religious Freedoms and Statutory Mandates

June 15, 2018, Supreme Court upheld the Ontario and British Columbia Law Societies' decisions to deny accreditation to TWU's proposed law school, a 7-2 decision

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Aug 1, 2018

SCC Says Judges Have No Business Reviewing Decisions of Voluntary Associations

The recent Supreme Court of Canada decision in Highwood Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses (Judicial Committee) v. Wall[1] holds that judges have no business

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Jun 15, 2018
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Bill C-49: Some Welcome Improvements to Rail Service Level Arbitration

Bill C-49: Some Welcome Improvements to Rail Service Level Arbitration

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Jun 13, 2017
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Bill C-49: Government of Canada Proposes to Amend the Canada Transportation Act

Bill C-49: Government of Canada Proposes to Amend the Canada Transportation Act

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May 16, 2017

Standard of Review Reform: Maybe Another Time?

Standard of Review Reform: Maybe Another Time?

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Oct 13, 2016

In this Great Future, You Can’t Forget Your Past – Update to the Government of Canada’s Integrity Regime Provides Clarity, Includes General Anti-Avoidance Provisions

In this Great Future, You Cant Forget Your Past – Update to the Government of Canadas Integrity Regime Provides Clarity, Includes General Anti-Avoidance Provisions

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Apr 6, 2016

Judicial Review “Through the Looking Glass”: Issue-By-Issue Analysis

Judicial Review "Through the Looking Glass": Issue-By-Issue Analysis

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Feb 22, 2016

The Persian Conversion: New rules for doing business in Iran

The Persian Conversion: New rules for doing business in Iran

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Feb 9, 2016

Updated – Bill 73: Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015

Updated - Bill 73: Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015

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Jan 18, 2016

When Does Access Become Frivolous?

When Does Access Become Frivolous?

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Nov 10, 2015

Equitable Remedies at Tribunals? Only if Statutory

Equitable Remedies at Tribunals? Only if Statutory

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Jul 22, 2015
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Bill 73: Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015

Bill 73: Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015

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Jul 18, 2015
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The Emaciation of Ontario’s Labour Relations Board and Human Rights Tribunal

The Emaciation of Ontario's Labour Relations Board and Human Rights Tribunal

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Jun 25, 2015

Bill 73: Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015

Bill 73: Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015

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Jun 18, 2015

What Fair is Fair? The Duty of Fairness Owed to RFP Proponents

What Fair is Fair? The Duty of Fairness Owed to RFP Proponents

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Jun 9, 2015