Matthew Helfand


Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2019

Matthew provides comprehensive municipal and land use planning advice to private and public sector clients. Drawing on his experience working within and alongside municipal government, he provides practical solutions to complex and challenging legal matters.

Matthew is a member of the Aird & Berlis Municipal & Land Use Planning Group. His practice focuses on municipal, land use planning, residential tenancies and expropriation matters across Ontario. Matthew regularly appears before the Landlord and Tenant Board, the Ontario Land Tribunal, Toronto Local Appeal Body and the Committee of Adjustment.  Matthew has also appeared for clients before the Ontario Court of Justice, the Ontario Superior Court and the Ontario Divisional Court. Matthew is the co-author of Ontario Expropriation Law and Commentary and is a regular contributor to the Digest of Municipal and Planning Law.

Professional Involvement

Professional Activities

  • Director, Western Alumni
  • CPD Liaison, Ontario Bar Association (Municipal Law Section)
  • Member, Ontario Expropriation Association
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association 

Selected Speaking Engagements

Presenter, "Municipal Financial Law Update," 2021 Ontario West Municipal Treasurers’ Forum, May 20, 2021.

Co-presenter, "Digging in the Dirt – Excess Soil in Municipalities," OBA’s Institute Series - Building Communities, February 4, 2021.

Presenter, "Case Law Update on the Residential Tenancies Act," Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario Seminar, October 2020.

Presenter, “Developments in Municipal Finance,”  The Northern Treasurers Forum, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, October 2020.

Selected Publications

Co-author with Christopher Williams and Andrea Skinner, Expropriation Law in Ontario, published by LexisNexis, May 13, 2021.

Co-author, "Not a Blank Cheque - Costs in Appropriation Litigation," The Digest of Municipal & Planning Law, October 2020.


Publications Article Mar 03, 2020 Crown Immunity From Subdivision Control
Insights TheSpotlight Oct 16, 2018 Get into the Octave-gon with the New MMA
Insights TheSpotlight Oct 10, 2018 SLAPP Fight! Ontario Court of Appeal Clarifies SLAPP Legislation


  • JD, Western University, 2018
  • MA, Western University, 2014
  • BA, Western University, 2013