Dunton Rainville is called upon to advise its municipal clients on all aspects of municipal law. The firm regularly advises its municipal clients on land use planning and environmental law. In addition, we regularly counsel Quebec municipalities on contract management, ethics and professional conduct, as well as on various transactions related to the development of land and of the local economy.
Dunton Rainville’s municipal law team has several experienced lawyers and notaries who, over the course of their careers, have developed cutting-edge knowledge of both the legal aspects specific to a city or municipality and the importance of contextualizing proposed legal solutions by taking local issues into consideration.
Through its activities, Dunton Rainville has been in close contact with the Quebec municipal sector for more than fifty years. Every year, the firm carries out a significant number of municipal law mandates for cities and municipalities, regional county municipalities, transit authorities, municipal housing authorities, municipal non-profit organizations, public-private partnership companies and municipal boards. This experience has provided our members with in-depth knowledge of the requirements for managing the various activities of the Quebec municipal sector.
As an associate member of the Union des municipalités du Québec (UMQ) and the Fédération québécoise des municipalités (FQM), the firm actively participates in the activities of these two organizations, as well as in those of other municipal groups, including the Corporation des officiers municipaux agréés du Québec (COMAQ), the Association des directeurs généraux municipaux du Québec (ADGMQ), the Association de directeurs municipaux du Québec (ADMQ), the Association des évaluateurs municipaux du Québec (AÉMQ) and the Gestionnaires en ressources humaines des municipalités du Québec (GRHMQ), by giving conferences and providing training to their members.
Dunton Rainville also represents individuals and businesses in all matters related to municipal law, whether to provide legal advice or to represent their interests in disputes with a city or RCM, whether they concern by-laws, zoning, urban planning, property taxes and taxation or the issuance of permits.
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- Awarding of municipal contracts
- Planning and development
- Property assessment, taxation and collection
- Municipal taxation
- Environmental legislation and protection of agricultural land
- Public-private partnerships
- Private members’ bills
- Protection of elected municipal officials
- Drafting of laws and by-laws
- Representation before the Tribunal administratif du Québec
- Municipal liability