Legal Counsel

Legal Services and Access to Information


Specific term - one year maternity leave replacement


Montreal, Quebec


May 25, 2018

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Reporting to the Director, Legal Services and Access to Information Act Coordinator, the Legal Counsel plays a national role in offering legal services to the different sectors of the organization:

  • interprets Telefilm Canada’s Act, laws and legislation, bylaws, and funding agreements;
  • assists General Counsel in the interpretation of the Access to Information Act, responds within time limits to requests from stakeholders, clients and the general public;
  • collaborates in the preparation of the official annual reports to Parliament for the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act and responds to the Commissioners on official complaints;
  • reviews chain of title, financing agreements, co-production agreements and any agreements pertaining to the financial structure;
  • verifies the corporate status of applicant companies – articles of incorporation, corporate name, shareholders, directors, applicants’ Canadian status project financing requests;
  • verifies project financing requests to identify legal problems (libel, copyright, etc.), assess need for insurance and assess risk;
  • negotiates with various stakeholders any changes needed to bring to contracts, guarantees, etc. in line with CTF and Telefilm Canada’s requirements;
  • participates in the elaboration of setting national legal standards and policies in drafting/approving legal templates and final non-template contracts and agreements as well as the update of certain clauses in contracts, loans, banking and other corporate documents;
  • provides legal affairs advice regarding guidelines related queries and participates in review of annual program guidelines as well as participates in consultations on risk assessment procedures related to program policies;
  • addresses matters related to applicant default/bankruptcy/litigation with Director of Compliance and Conformity that may affect applicant’s fulfillment of obligations under the financing agreement;
  • participates as required in any ad hoc committees, and Task Forces.


  • Lawyer, Member of the Quebec Bar and/or the Bar of any other Canadian province;
  • minimum of 3 years of legal experience;
  • experienced specifically in corporate, administrative and entertainment law;
  • familiarity with the social and political environment of a federal cultural agency;
  • in-depth knowledge of laws and regulations governing the activities of Telefilm Canada and the industry (film, television, and new media);
  • interpersonal and negotiation skills;
  • ability to make decisions and handle many projects simultaneously;
  • strong planning, organizational and management skills;
  • perfectly bilingual, both oral and written, at the CBC level.