Matthew Helfand


Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2019

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  • Bio
  • Professional Involvement
  • Selected Speaking Engagements
  • Selected Publications
  • Insights
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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 firm's Municipal & Land Use Planning Group. His practice focuses on municipal, land use planning, development and expropriation law. Matthew assists developers, homeowners, municipalities and others in resolving complex property and land development disputes, and in securing land use planning approvals across Ontario. 

Matthew has represented clients before every level of court in Ontario, and regularly appears before the Ontario Land Tribunal, Toronto Local Appeal Body and the Committee of Adjustment.  

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.


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