Major Project Development and Environmental Assessments
We advise on major projects with an environmental impact, including renewable energy, mining, oil and gas, nuclear power, manufacturing, pulp and paper, forestry, transportation, waste-management, and infrastructure projects.
Our role is to support clients by leading permitting, environmental assessments and approvals and to assist with strategies that protect the environment, comply with environmental regulations and minimize the potential impact on the timing and business objectives of the project.
Environmental Regulation and Approvals
Our knowledge of existing Canadian regulations and strong relationships with federal, provincial and municipal regulators help us anticipate requirements and strategically guide clients on environmental obligations, project time-frames, costs, financing and insurance coverage to keep projects on track and within budget.
Municipal and Planning
As the role of municipalities expands in Canada, new opportunities for investment arise, along with novel municipal licensing and regulation issues. Our team is well-equipped to assist municipalities, private developers, industry associations, energy projects and others in their environmental law challenges. We frequently represent clients in municipal hearings, appeals, judicial reviews and tribunals, and negotiate for successful resolutions with regulatory bodies. Blakes lawyers routinely act both for and opposite municipal governments in a range of planning, regulatory and licensing matters.