Canada North


From its harsh geography to its complex regulatory regimes, Canada's North poses unique challenges for businesses, institutions and governments alike. To thrive in this region, you need a team with comprehensive on-the-ground experience and sophisticated technical knowledge across a number of sectors.

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Transfert des responsabilités au Nunavut : signature d'une entente de principe (article en anglais)

August saw a significant event in Iqaluit, Nunavut with the signing of an Agreement in Principle (AIP) between Canada, the Government of Nunavut (GN) and Nunavut Tunngavik (NTI) addressing the "Devolution" of natural resource powers and responsibilities from Canada to the GN (sometimes referred to as "Devo").

Gowling WLG has a rich history of working in the North, and brings a deep commitment to the region and its people to every task. With leading expertise in corporate commercial, environmental, mining, Indigenous, procurement and energy law, our professionals can help you identify rare opportunities and overcome difficult obstacles.

Whether you're looking to draft an exploration joint venture agreement, seek approvals for major infrastructure projects, or forge meaningful connections around the world, our team can help you succeed.

Northern experience you can trust

Our professionals have a long history of working in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and the northern regions of many provinces on a range of diverse matters. We understand the unique interests, opportunities and challenges that clients operating in the North experience - from the intricate set of regulatory and legal fundamentals not seen elsewhere in Canada to the daily realities of doing business in remote areas. Our professionals also have a thorough grasp on ongoing socio-political, commercial and environmental developments affecting the region.

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Full-service offering

With industry-leading expertise in a number of areas - including environmental, Indigenous, mining and natural resources, energy, and corporate commercial law, as well as advocacy - we have the talent you need to thrive in any sector. We deal frequently with issues that reflect the modern treaty making experience in the North, and our practice encompasses the full breadth of commercial and regulatory activities that underlie most economic activity across the region. Our clients include Indigenous organizations, corporations, mining companies, territorial governments, hamlets and institutions.

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Top-tier expertise

Widely regarded as leaders in their fields, members of our team have been repeatedly recognized by Chambers, Lexpert and Legal 500 and other top legal guides and directories. A number of our professionals also hold the prestigious Certified Specialist in Environmental Law title from the Law Society of Upper Canada, among other advanced designations.

Global reach

With offices in 18 cities in the UK, Canada, Continental Europe, Asia and the Middle East, we have the ability to assemble international teams and seamlessly connect even the most remote locations to the global business community.


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