City of Toronto

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Bylaw Officer

Jul 20, 2017
Toronto, Ontario
Early Career

Major Responsibilities:

  • Conducts environmental related field sampling, inspections and investigations of: industrial, commercial, institutional and residential properties, mobile and non-mobile businesses and operations, sewers and watercourses to ensure compliance with City of Toronto by-laws and applicable environmental regulations
  • Observes and investigates potential infractions of statutes, environmental regulations and by-laws regulating the use of Sewers By-Law (Municipal Code Chapter 681-Sewers) and the Water Supply By-Law (Municipal Code Chapter 851) to determine whether infractions have occurred. Assesses the infraction and initiates corrective action
  • Collects and documents evidence, takes photographs and detailed, precise and accurate written notes maintained in a city issued log/note book
  • Inspects wastewater/water systems for evidence; issues infraction warning notices, letters by registered mail, Orders and tickets; conducts telephone and in person conversations and follows up to determine whether infraction has been corrected
  • Installs, maintains, retrieves and calibrates field monitoring instrumentation; and downloads and/or reviews field data, compiles and calculates and interprets all field monitoring data
  • Interacts with the general public, property owners, tenants, Fire and police officials, prosecutors, City and other government officials to resolve problems
  • Uses a number of City databases and information sources, both electronic and hard copy including electronic map viewer programs and data entry programs
  • Attends Provincial court, Committees of Council and Tribunals to give evidence
  • Issues Part I ticket offences and Part III Summons. Prepares written and concise documents for legal proceedings pertaining to violations of the City's environmental By-Laws. Attends court, swears information before the Justice of the Peace. Reviews case briefs with prosecutor and presents evidence; makes recommendations on fine to be issued
  • Prepares correspondence and reports for Management, Committee, Tribunals and briefs for prosecution
  • Completes written inspection reports and manual entry into databases within specified timeframes
  • Conducts on-line research and field investigation of property information to ascertain compliance with City environmental by-laws/regulations and to notify owners of violations
  • Issues notices, Orders, certificates, tickets and summonses and effects service of same
  • Examines plans, drawings and reports from industrial, commercial and institutional properties and clients
  • Conducts educational and outreach programs with members of the public and business/industry associations
  • Trains new staff and summer students regarding proper wastewater and water sampling and compliance inspections and enforcement actions
  • Responds to public complaints and emergencies involving Toronto's sewer system and watercourses
  • Follows direction of Manager and Supervisor and interacts with all members of the Unit


  1. Secondary school graduation diploma or an equivalent combination of education, experience and training in the field of Environmental Compliance and enforcement
  2. Experience or equivalent post-secondary educational training in Environmental Law and Case Law pertaining to the interpretation and application of environmental by-laws and in conducting inspections, taking detailed notes, investigations and appropriate enforcement action to obtain and ensure compliance.
  3. Experience or equivalent educational courses in interpreting wastewater and water analytical data and understands industrial processes which generate wastewater.
  4. Experience in dealing with the public in dispute management or conflict resolution situations.
  5. Possession of a valid Ontario Driver's License Class "G" and the ability to pass the test for and be qualified to receive a City Equipment Operator's License and meet all conditions set out in the City of Toronto's Drivers Manual.

You must also have:

  • Advanced knowledge of environmental sampling procedures and techniques.
  • Knowledge of chemistry and chemicals used in industrial processes and how the chemicals can be generated from the process.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills when dealing with the public, Council members, and staff in other service areas.
  • Ability to write in a clear, concise and legible manner.
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, organize and work independently.
  • Ability to independently organize, prepare and carry out tasks efficiently to meet deadlines and metrics.
  • Ability to read and interpret plans and drawings.
  • General knowledge of wastewater treatment processes and industrial unit processes.
  • Ability to compile accurate information and prepare effective written reports and correspondence using a computer.
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the by-laws and related legislation governing environmental matters.
  • Ability to lift objects and equipment weighing up to 20kg into a vehicle or other location.
  • Ability to work rotating shifts (day, afternoon and night), independently in an outdoor environment which can include extreme weather conditions

Police Reference Check:

Selected candidate will be required to provide a current Police Reference Check as a condition of employment

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