As regulations multiply and public scrutiny intensifies, environmental issues are emerging as a significant consideration in almost every corporate and real estate transaction as well as ongoing business operations in Canada. Our team of environmental lawyers develops effective and innovative strategies for dealing with potential environmental liabilities in a transactional context as well as risk management solutions for the day-to-day operations of our clients. When an administrative tribunal or litigation cannot be avoided, we also provide strategic dispute resolution and litigation support.

The Stikeman Elliott environmental team has the experience to deal with the unique liability exposure profiles of industries ranging from real estate to retail, manufacturing, mining, petrochemicals, waste management, transportation, agriculture, food and forestry – among others. Additionally, our national platform enables us to advise on environmental laws across Canada.

Clients benefit from our experience and reputation with key regulators across Canada. We assist clients in negotiations with governmental authorities relating to environmental permits, notices of violation, remediation plans, risk assessments, and other environmental reports. Our insight into regulator concerns, processes and expectations can help clients focus their internal resources on the issues that are most likely to have a significant impact on their transactions and ongoing operations.

Our Expertise

  • Air emissions and wastewater discharges
  • Brownfields
  • Climate change and carbon trading
  • Commercial transactions
  • Contamination remediation
  • Director and officer liability
  • Environmental assessments
  • Environmental policies
  • GHG regulation
  • Insurance matters
  • Internal investigations
  • Jurisdiction issues
  • Noise limits
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Off-site migration
  • Permitting
  • Property development
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Regulatory investigations
  • Corporate Law Firm of the Year - Chambers Canada Awards 2017
  • Chambers Canada 2021 for Environmental
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2020 for Environmental
  • The Legal 500 Canada 2020 for Environmental
  • Lexpert 2019 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada for Environmental Law
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