Associate Solicitor – Realty Services

The City of Guelph is a vibrant community with over 120,000 people located in the heart of Southern Ontario, just one hours driving distance from Toronto.  Set in a picturesque natural setting, Guelph is known for its rich architectural heritage, growing economy and excellent quality of life – all good reasons to consider a career in this beautiful city.

Job summary

Resumes are being accepted for the position of Associate Solicitor – Realty Services in the Legal, Realty and Court Services Department within the Corporate Services service area.

Reporting to the City Solicitor, you will provide legal representation and strategic advice to City Council and City Departments regarding real estate and development matters. Licensed to practise law in Ontario and a member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario, you will have at least five (5) years of experience practicing real estate law in Ontario, including negotiating and completing acquisitions and dispositions of real property, commercial leasing, easements, and complex real estate transactions. This is an exciting role with opportunities to gain exposure to the businesses of an innovative, progressive municipality. Guided by the goals and objectives of the City’s Strategic Plan and committed to the Corporate Values of integrity, service, inclusion, wellness and learning, the candidate will aid in the achievement of the Vision for an inclusive, connected and prosperous city.


  • Negotiate and complete acquisitions and dispositions of City property, including leases, easements and transfers.
  • Participate in cross-functional teams for City projects and provide strategic legal advice on complex commercial real estate projects for the City.
  • Provide legal advice and opinions on land development matters.
  • Negotiate, prepare and review contracts, by-laws, policies and other legal documents related to municipal real estate and land development law.
  • Review appraisals and determine land values.
  • Negotiate with external groups, lawyers, government bodies and others.
  • Prepare and review Council and Committee reports.
  • Attend Council and Committee meetings and other public meetings, as required.
  • Supervise a Realty Specialist and a Realty Law Clerk.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Considerable experience related to the duties listed above, normally acquired through the completion of a law degree and considerable experience practising commercial real estate and land development law, preferably at a municipality or a law firm representing municipalities or developers, with demonstrated ability to have independent carriage of matters. Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
  • Licensed or eligible to be licensed to practise law in Ontario and a member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario.
  • Excellent customer service skills with the ability to resolve inquiries in an effective manner.
  • Ability to review engineering documents and appraisals in relation to land development and real estate transactions.
  • Creative and innovative problem solver with the ability to handle complex and sensitive issues.
  • Strong research, analytical and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple assignments in order to meet deadlines in a very demanding environment.
  • Ability to work independently, under tight deadlines and the ability to adjust to changing priorities in a busy and demanding environment.
  • Considerable knowledge and understanding of real estate and land development statutes, regulations and by-laws.
  • Knowledge of planning instruments, the Planning Act and planning policies.
  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written) with the ability to communicate with all levels of staff, stakeholders, the media and the general public.
  • A team player with excellent leadership
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).
  • Experience working on complex commercial real estate developments and/or P3 projects would be an asset.
  • Experience with expropriation law would be an asset.



How to apply

Qualified applicants are invited to apply using our online application system by Tuesday, April 20, 2021   . Please note all applicants must complete the online questionnaire specific to this position at the time they submit their resume and cover letter in order to be considered. Proof of qualifications will be requested at the interview stage.

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The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer which values diversity in the workplace. We are therefore happy to accommodate any individual needs in keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the hiring process, please contact us to make your needs known in advance.

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