The Legal Services Division provides a range of legal services to the Corporation, City Council, the CAO, and City staff. Legal services are provided on issues related to planning and land development; real estate transactions; real property agreements; by-law drafting; labour and employment; social services including housing; legislative interpretation, contracts and advocacy before administrative tribunals and the courts.

The 2024 budget increase is due to approved salary and benefits increases.

Realty Services

The Realty Services Division is responsible for the management of the City’s real property interests including acquisitions, dispositions, leases, licences, easements, encroachments and other agreements, appraisal services, real estate consulting, marketing, procurement, negotiations, and the management of inventories of the City’s real property interests with a view to maximizing returns for the City. In prior years, Realty Services was a part of the Infrastructure and Planning Services Department.

2024 Overview – Legal Services and Realty Services

Legal Services
Description2024 recommended
Expenditures $884,822
Net requirement $884,822
Realty Services
Description2024 recommended
Expenditures $162,074
Net requirement $162,074

Capital budget - Realty Services

Property Acquisitions

This project includes contributions from the General Property Reserve. The General Property Reserve is used to fund property purchases that support strategic municipal acquisitions or that implement public policy directions of the City. It is also used to make improvements to municipal property that may be required to improve value and/or minimize risk. Examples of property acquisitions may be to support Airport development, Airport easements, to support downtown vitality, employment opportunities, or to support City business/service needs.

The full budget information is available in the Draft 2024 Budget book.