Find Lawyers in Montréal, Quebec for Environmental Law
Anne-Frédérique Bourret’ practice focuses on administrative and regulatory law as it pertains to the environment, energy, climate change, mining, natural resources, urban planning and agriculture. Anne-Frédérique advises clients operating in various industry sectors—energy, transportation, manufacturing, forestry, agribusiness, pharmaceuticals, and real estate development and financing—on matters relating to environmental law compliance. She repre...
Pierre-Olivier Charlebois is a leading lawyer in the areas of environmental, mining, energy, climate change and corporate social responsibility law. Recognized by his peers across Canada and internationally due to his multidisciplinary expertise, Pierre-Olivier is the go-to legal reference. Pierre-Olivier is the leader of the Corporate Social Responsibility group. He also heads the Environmental, Energy and Climate Change group for the Quebec region. Pierre-Olivier advises clients on complian...
Due to chance and circumstances, Christine was one of the few fortunate attorneys to be immersed in Environmental law at the very beginning of her career in 1990. She has stayed on course ever since. After 20 years in prominent Montreal law firms, namely as a partner, she decided in 2009 to found her own firm, dedicated to her areas of practice, in order to offer her clients more proximity and flexibility while maintaining the same high standards of quality she was accustomed to offering in l...
Myriam Fortin is a senior associate in the Environment and Energy Groups, and heads our environmental practice in Montreal. She acts on a wide range of corporate, transactional and environmental litigation matters of a business clientele and advises and represents clients in their dealings with both private parties and governmental authorities with respect to all regulatory and contractual environmental issues which may arise in the context of new projects, ongoing operations, purchase and sa...
Pierre B. Meunier founded the Energy and Environment practice group in the Québec region and specializes in environmental law. He is also a member of the region's Government Relations and Ethics practice group. Pierre has helped clients manage crises related to environmental or public health issues, obtain environmental approvals, redevelop contaminated land (either through risk analysis or rehabilitation to criteria), and with respect to climate change issues and transactions to reduc...
Since his admission to the Quebec Bar in 2000, Me Quenneville has developed expertise in public law, particularly in environmental law, telecommunications law and constitutional law. Acting as a legal advisor as much as a litigator, he has been involved in several major files in municipal, administrative and constitutional law. In this capacity, he has had the opportunity to make representations before all courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada in Lacombe v. Quebec (PG) (aeronautics), ...
Environmental Law Definition
The range of legislation and regulations concerning protection of the environment, at the federal, provincial, and territorial level continues to expand, and the enforcement provisions continue to expand as well. At the federal level, the major environmental statutes include the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, which focuses primarily on the regulation of toxic substances; the Fisheries Act, which contains strict provisions for the protection of fish habitat and waters frequented by fish; and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, which requires federal authorities to conduct detailed environmental assessments of projects on federal land, projects for which the federal government is undertaking itself or is providing financing, and projects which require federal licences, permits, or authorizations under specific environmental statutes and regulations. At the provincial level, environmental management and protection statutes generally include specific provisions prohibiting discharges of waste to land, water, or air, subject to obtaining permits or licences which contain strict provisions for meeting discharge standards and requiring regular monitoring and reporting of both the level of discharges and potential effects on the environment. Provincial legislation also includes environmental assessment statutes requiring detailed environmental assessment of projects which have potential impacts on the environment. Similar environmental protection provisions and environmental assessment processes are applicable in the northern territories.
Environmental lawyers provide advice to businesses with respect to the development and adoption of policies and procedures for protection of the environment. The leading case of R. v. Bata Industries in 1995 addressed the potential for personal liability of corporate officers and directors and led to increased focus on the need to develop corporate environmental management policies to ensure compliance with environmental statutes, regulations, licences, permits, and approvals.
The leading case of R. v. Sault Ste. Marie established the concept of due diligence as a defense to non-compliance with environmental statutes and regulations. More recently, federal and provincial jurisdictions have moved toward the introduction of administrative penalties for non-compliance where the concept of strict liability applies. Environmental law includes both the prosecution and the defense of prosecutions relating to non-compliance.
Fines and penalties for non-compliance can be substantial and may exceed $1,000,000 per day for each day of the occurrence. Environmental statutes have also moved towards creative sentencing which can include requirements for implementing procedures for prevention of further non-compliance, remediation requirements, and public statements of accountability.
Addressing the issue of liability for contaminated sites has been a significant focus of environmental law. Commencing in the 1980s and 1990s, provincial jurisdictions adopted contaminated sites legislation which imposed absolute and retroactive liability for the remediation of contaminated sites on a wide range of potentially responsible persons including current and former owners and operators of the site. Both the rules and the processes for determining liability for remediation of contaminated sites are complex areas of the law.
Environmental lawyers also provide advice and services in relation to commercial and financial transactions, including the conduct of due diligence processes, the identification of environmental responsibilities and risks, and the allocation of those risks between the parties to the transaction.
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