Groupe Dupuis Paquin


Some Quebec companies' activities have an impact on natural resources, fauna, flora and ambient air, and must therefore comply with a good number of environmental requirements.

Nowadays, the protection of the environment is not a matter to be taken lightly. All levels of government are called upon in their respective jurisdictions. Companies must indeed be subject to federal and provincial laws, as well as municipal regulations.

Companies and their executives are exposed to many risks in terms of penal liability for environmental matters, such as the release of pollutants into streams, the illegal import of endangered species, as well as the emission of particles due to poor land maintenance.

We know how to help companies and their managers to meet environmental standards so that they can enjoy the benefits of being "good corporate citizens".

In this practice area, our team meets your needs in several ways, including:

  • Regulatory Risk analysis in environmental standards;
  • Development of internal procedures to prevent violations of environmental standards;
  • Negotiation of amicable settlements with the victims of violations of environmental standards;
  • Negotiation of settlement agreements with the investigative bodies, including those of Environment Canada and the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks Québec;
  • Negotiation of settlement agreements with federal and provincial Crown attorneys including the adoption of diversion solutions;
  • Representation in court in the event of criminal prosecution for violation of environmental standards;
  • Private prosecutions for violation of environmental standards.