Matthew Helfand


Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2019

Matthew provides comprehensive legal advice to both 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 Municipal & Land Use Planning Group. His practice focuses on municipal, land use planning, residential tenancy and municipal property tax matters across Ontario. Matthew has appeared for both public and private sector clients before the Ontario Court of Justice, Ontario Superior Court, the Committee of Adjustment and the Landlord Tenant Board. Matthew regularly provides advice to clients regarding the Municipal Act, 2001, the Planning Act, the Expropriations Act, the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 and the Assessment Act.

Professional Involvement

Professional Activities

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

Selected Speaking Engagements

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, "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
Insights TheSpotlight Oct 09, 2018 Tales from the Crypt(ocurrency)


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