Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure

Office Snapshot

  • Location: Toronto
  • Lawyers: 13
  • Articling Students: 0
  • Summer Law Students: 2-4
  • Types of Law: Aboriginal, Access & Privacy, Administrative, Commercial, Contract, Corporate, Corporate Governance, Energy, Environmental, Infrastructure, Planning, Real Estate, Real Property

Who we are

Counsel working with the Legal Services Branch of the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MEI) provide legal support to a variety of Ontario’s signature initiatives. These include:

  • The province’s electricity and energy planning initiatives such as the transition from coal to environmentally responsible sources of power (e.g. hydro and wind), and conservation measures such as the installation of smart electrical meters in Ontario by 2010.
  • Bill 150, the Green Energy Act and Green Economy Act, 2009 (known as the Green Energy Act or “GEA”), which represents a fundamental shift in Ontario toward the development of renewable energy generation from cleaner, greener sources of energy. 
  • Implementation of the province’s award winning Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan established under the Places to Grow Act.
  • Planning for and building new infrastructure such as transit initiatives, hospitals, courthouses and other public infrastructure.
  • Overseeing provincial interests in the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Initiative, a $1.5 billion tri-government collaboration with Waterfront Toronto and the Ontario Realty Corporation. Provincial interests focus on the West Don Lands, a brownfield site adjacent to Toronto's Distillery District, which is being transformed into a neighbourhood of vibrant public spaces and sustainable residential living. 
  • The oversight and delivery of gaming activities in the province (horse racing, casinos and lotteries).
  • The management of the government’s considerable real estate portfolio.
  • Ontario’s capital planning and approvals process.

What we do

MEI lawyers:

  • Draft legislation and regulations, order in councils, memoranda of understanding, sole shareholders’ declarations and resolutions, ministerial directions and directives
  • Structure corporate and commercial arrangements
  • Negotiate contracts
  • Deal with provincial government agencies and Crown corporations such as Ontario Power Generation, Hydro One, Infrastructure Ontario, Waterfront Toronto, Ontario Lottery and Gaming, Ontario Racing Commission and the Ontario Realty Corporation.

We also advise MEI on how to appropriately meet its legal responsibilities to Aboriginal peoples.

What students do

Summer law students are involved in:

  • Conducting legal research including, statutes and directives
  • Reading and summarizing case law
  • Drafting memoranda, opinions, and agreements
  • Reviewing request for proposals
  • Attending client meetings with counsel
  • Researching the Aboriginal Consultation Information System
  • Researching and mapping treaty areas and reserves
  • Compiling reference materials for lawyers and clients
  • Assisting with drafting of briefing notes
  • Assisting counsel in providing advice to clients.

Why choose us

We offer exposure to the most cutting-edge legal work in government for regulatory, project, energy and electricity planning and supply and infrastructure development.

Contact us

Samantha Gomez
Office Manager, Finance & Administration
samantha.gomez@ontario.ca
416-325-1767