LP-02 Counsel (Litigation)

Posted on:
September 4, 2022

Department of Justice Canada - National Litigation Sector - Ontario Regional OfficeToronto (Ontario)LP-02$115,237 to $182,413For further information on the organization, please visit Department of Justice Canada

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Closing date: 12 September 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

Persons requiring accommodation preventing them from applying on-line should contact the contact person identified below prior to the closing date. Otherwise, your job application should be submitted through the Public Service Resourcing System.

You may also review jobs open to the public through INFOTEL at 1-800-645-5605. The INFOTEL number for persons using a TTY/TDD is 1-800-532-9397.

When submitting an application to this selection process, you will be prompted to answer screening questions concerning the essential education and experience qualifications. It is your responsibility to provide clear and concrete examples in your responses to each question, including when (from-to), where (occupational title, organization) and how you obtained your education and experience. It is recommended that you describe the experience examples in specific terms, providing sufficient details so that the Assessment Board can clearly understand. The content of your response must be supported by your resume as your responses to these questions will be used as a primary source of information and your resume will only be used to validate this information.

Work environment

Why should you join the Justice team?

The Department of Justice can offer you a rewarding career, where you are part of a team working to ensure that Canada has an accessible, efficient and fair system of justice.

The Department of Justice supports the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada in virtually every area of law, from the development of policy to the drafting of legislation, and from litigation to the provision of legal advice to other federal departments and agencies. The issues Justice lawyers deal with on a daily basis are often on the cutting edge of legal trends and have significant impacts on Canadian society.

The tradition of excellence at the Department of Justice is embodied in its culture, which values inclusiveness, fairness and respect for Canada's legal system.

The Department of Justice is often described as Canada's largest and most prestigious law firm. The Department makes and upholds federal laws and is the guardian of the Canadian justice system. By setting for itself the highest standards of integrity, fairness and professionalism, the Department of Justice has earned a reputation as a leader within the legal community.

No matter what your expertise, you will benefit from Justice Canada's supportive atmosphere, emphasis on training and mentoring, commitment to equitable workplace policies, and the ability to balance the personal and professional aspects of your life.

In the Ontario Regional Office our counsel are recognized within DOJ as experienced leaders in complex litigation. Our divisions have frequent court appearances and litigate some of the most diverse, high profile and challenging files in the country.

Intent of the process

The immediate need is to staff 40+ positions in the Ontario Regional Office in the Immigration Law Division, Aboriginal Law Division, Administrative Segregation Unit, and Litigation, Extradition, and Advisory law Division (LEAD).

A pool of partially or fully qualified candidates may be established to staff similar positions within the Department of Justice with various tenures, various linguistic requirements, various operational requirements and/or various conditions of employment.

Positions to be filled: 40

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

Occupational Certification:
Member in good standing of the Law Society of a province or territory of Canada.

Approximately 4 years conducting civil litigation cases (or an acceptable combination of civil and criminal litigation), including court or administrative tribunal proceedings or appeals.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements

Demonstrating integrity and respect
Thinking things through
Working effectively with others
Showing initiative and being action-oriented

Oral communication
Written communication
Ability to analyze legal issues and provide strategic advice
Ability to manage the legal practice, including using digital tools.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Asset Experience:
Experience working as a litigator in one or more of the following areas of Canadian law: Aboriginal law, administrative law, civil litigation, class actions, commercial law, constitutional law, criminal law, public law, human rights law, immigration law, labour and employment law, national security law, real property law, tort law.

Experience conducting litigation before the Federal Court and/or Federal Court of Appeal.

Experience conducting litigation before the superior courts of a province or territory of Canada.

Experience conducting hearings before administrative tribunals.

Asset Knowledge:
Knowledge of one or more of the following area(s) of Canadian law: Aboriginal law, administrative law, civil litigation, class actions, commercial law, constitutional law, criminal law, public law, human rights law, immigration law, labour and employment law, national security law, real property law, federal real property transactions, tort law.

Knowledge of issues and practices relevant to legal risk management in a Government of Canada context.

Knowledge of Indigenous legal and policy issues in the Canadian context.

Knowledge of the legal issues arising in the context of comprehensive land claims and self-government agreements.

Organizational Needs:
The Department of Justice believes that to be able to effectively serve the public, its workforce needs to reflect the diversity of the Canadian population. Diversity is a great source of strength in driving Canada’s Legal Team in ensuring that Canada’s justice system is as fair, accessible and efficient as possible. The Department is committed to a representative workforce that represents the Canadian public we serve. If you are an Indigenous person, a person with a disability, a member of a racialized group*, or a member of the LGBTQ2S+/ Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE)** community we encourage you to self-declare in this staffing process.

* Please note that this group is currently designated as members of visible minorities in the Employment Equity Act and the self-declaration form.

** Please take note of the Public Service Employment Act definition of equity seeking groups: A group of persons who are disadvantaged based on one or more prohibited grounds of discrimination within the meaning of the Canadian Human Rights Act.


If you are an Indigenous person, a person with a disability or a member of visible minorities:
• when you apply for a job through GC Jobs, complete the Employment Equity section under Requirements.

If you are a member of the LGBTQ2+/ Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) community
• Candidates will be provided an opportunity to self-declare during the assessment process

Operational Requirements:
The following requirements can be accommodated based on a persons’ needs or status.
Willing and able to work extended hours including weekends.
Willing and able to travel, as required.

Conditions of employment

Conditions of Employment:
Reliability, Secret, or Top Secret security clearance (depending on position or as required).
Remain a member in good standing of the Law Society of Ontario (for positions in the Ontario Regional Office).
Periodically available on call after hours for motions duty (for immigration positions in the Ontario Regional Office).

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

Communication for this process will be sent via e-mail. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that a current and valid e-mail address is provided and updated accordingly and that it accepts messages from unknown senders. We encourage candidates to provide a second e-mail address in their application.

Random selection and/or top-down selection may be used at any time during the process to identify which applicants will be further assessed.

Candidates may be required to meet the asset qualifications, operational requirements or the organizational needs, depending on the requirements of the specific position being staffed.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Toronto Human Resources TeamHR.Toronto@justice.gc.ca

Apply Online: https://emploisfp-psjobs.cfp-psc.gc.ca/psrs-srfp/applicant/page1710?careerChoiceId=1824380&psrsMode=1

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