• Senior Legal Counsel, General Counsel’s Office (GCO)
  • Position: Senior Legal Counsel, General Counsel’s Office (GCO)
  • Job/Opportunity Number: 21-02
  • Unit/Department: General Counsel’s Office (GCO)
  • Organization: Ontario Securities Commission
  • Website: www.osc.gov.on.ca
  • Location: Toronto
  • Term: Permanent; full-time
  • Posting Date:
    April 6, 2021
  • Deadline to Apply: April 16, 2021
  • Compensation:

    The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) is the statutory body responsible for regulating Ontario’s capital markets in accordance with the mandate established in the provincial Securities Act and the Commodity Futures Act. The Commission’s mandate is to provide protection to investors from unfair, improper or fraudulent practices, to foster fair and efficient capital markets and confidence in capital markets, and to contribute to the stability of the financial system and the reduction of systemic risk. This mandate is performed through policy, operational, adjudication and enforcement work. The OSC also contributes to national and global securities regulation development.

    To learn about professional licensing and regulatory bodies and their consumer protection mandate, visit the Canadian Regulatory Guide.

    What We Do

    The  General Counsel’s Office (GCO) provides expert, client-centred, legal, strategic and risk management advice to the Commission based on sound legal and reputational risk analysis.  GCO provides legal advice in a wide range of areas including statutory interpretation, administrative law, securities regulation, civil and transactional litigation, corporate/commercial law, information technology/intellectual property law, procurement law and privacy law. GCO also has a particular focus on legislative reform.


    The General Counsel’s Office is currently seeking two Senior Legal Counsel to join their team.

    In addition to providing practical and client-focused in-house legal advice on day-to-day matters, both roles involve advising Commission staff on a wide range of securities regulatory and policy matters related to the Commission’s mandate, conducting legal research and providing legal opinions on challenging matters, including for example the scope of the Commission’s jurisdiction and rule-making authority.

    One Senior Legal Counsel role will include a focus on providing litigation-related advice (encompassing the areas of civil litigation, public law and transactional litigation), and so experience in these areas is essential.

    The other Senior Legal Counsel role will include a focus on knowledge management, legal research, regulatory policy-making and legislative reform, including drafting. For this role, experience in these areas, including a passion for knowledge management, is highly desirable.

    Qualifications for Success
    • Membership in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario.
    • Strong analytical, research and writing skills
    • Demonstrated ability to build strong customer-focused relationships, develop credibility and provide practical and constructive advice
    • Demonstrated ability to prioritize demands and allocate time appropriately
    • Practical experience in one or more of the following areas: securities law, administrative law, litigation, privacy law, corporate commercial law, knowledge management and public-sector procurement
    • Experience drafting legislation, rules or other regulatory instruments would be an asset
    • Experience working on commercial transactions, including securities-related transactions
    • A minimum of 8 years experience in corporate/commercial law, securities law, and administrative law, legal research and litigation, or equivalent knowledge, skills and judgment.
    To apply

    Grow your career and make a difference by working at the OSC .

    **Internal applicants: please apply using the Taleo profile created with your OSC email address**

    Apply online(https://www.osc.ca/en/about-us/careers-osc)by April 16, 2021.

    We thank all applicants for their interest in the Ontario Securities Commission.  We will contact those selected for an interview.

    The OSC is committed to diversity and providing an inclusive workplace. It is our priority to ensure employment opportunities are visible and barrier-free to all under-represented groups including but not limited to, Indigenous, Black and racialized groups, people with disabilities, women and people from the LGBTQ2S community, to achieve an employee demographic profile reflective of the demographic profile of Ontarians.

    The OSC is a proud partner with the following organizations: BlackNorth Initiative Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion , and Pride at Work Canada

    If you require an accommodation during the recruitment process, please let us know by contacting our confidential inbox  HRRecruitment@osc.gov.on.ca.  Visit  Accessibility at the OSC  to review the OSC’s policies on accessibility and accommodation in the workplace.