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Practice Areas

  • Construction and Engineering Contracts
  • Aboriginal Law
  • Product Liability
  • Team North®
  • Healthcare Capital Redevelopment, Financing and Procurement
  • Maritime Law
Contact InfoTelephone: 514.954.3146
Fax: 514.954.1905
Law SchoolUniversity of Ottawa, LL.B., 1984; University of Ottawa, LL.L., 1988
Admitted1986, Ontario; 1989, Québec; 2013, Nunavut


•fellow, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers and Chair of the Insurance and Bonding Committee.
•Member, Canadian Bar Association
•Chair, National Construction & Infrastructure Law Section, Canadian Bar Association
•Member, Board of the Canadian Construction Association
•Member, Council of Manufacturers, Suppliers and Services of the Canadian Construction Association
•Secretary, Institut pour le partenariat public-prive


•Member, West Island CSSS Foundation


Yvan Houle is a partner in our Construction Group, as well as our Aboriginal Law Group. He is recognized as a leading lawyer in construction law by the foremost legal rankings publications.

Yvan's contract drafting and dispute resolution experience covers a wide array of various project delivery models, including public-private partnerships, design-building-finance-maintenance (DBFM) contracts, engineering-procurement-construction-maintenance (EPCM) contracts, and traditional design-bid-and-build contracts. Yvan also has significant experience in advising clients on procurement issues and tendering, and he represents them before courts when disputes arise in such matters. He is also active in both Nunavik and Nunavut, where his Aboriginal and construction law expertise have allowed him to assist various Inuit and governmental organizations.

Publications & Presentations

• The duty of good faith and the implications of the Nunavummi Nangminiqaqtunik Ikajuuti (NNI Policy) on construction project procurement in Nunavut, Nunavut Mining Symposium in Iqaluit, Nunavut : Construction Law, April 2015.
•Yvan Houle contributes the Quebec sections of the Canada Chapter of Getting the Deal Through's annual publication for construction law.
• Nunavut and Nunavik, BIT's 2nd Annual World Congress of Ocean - 2013, September 2013.
• Les principes juridiques des reclamations en relation avec les retards pouvant survenir sur un chantier, CCH Publications Ltd.: Conference on construction law, Montreal and Quebec City, May 2013.
•“Statutory liability: Quebec's new world order, ” Canadian Bar Association, CLE 2012: Looking to the future of Construction, St. John's, Newfoundland, September 2012.
•“Inuit du Nunavik: protagonistes du Plan Nord, ” Conference of the Institut pour le partenariat public-prive (IPPP), June 27, 2012.
•“Hey, I thought we had a deal! The unilateral resiliation of a construction contract in Quebec Law, ” 1 J.C.C.C.L. 41, May 2012.
•“Gestion des litiges dans le domaine de la construction - Les clauses penales : les elements essentiels dans leur redaction pour eviter les ambiguites et assurer leur applicabilite, ” Canadian Institute, April 25, 2012.
•“Les clauses de reserve en matiere d'appel d'offres : leur etendue et leurs limites, ” Editions Yvon Blais, April 16, 2012.
•Chair, “Quebec Innovation in Infrastructure Finance Forum, ” Project Finance, Montreal, June 2011.
•“The owner's discretion pursuant to a privilege clause in Quebec, ” Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, Ottawa, June 2011.
•“Les clauses de reserve en matiere d'appel d'offres : leur etendue et leurs limites, ” Barreau du Quebec, Continuing Education, May 20, 2011.
•Chair, National Training Days in Construction Law of the Canadian Bar Association, Quebec City, Quebec, October 23, 2010.
•“Les appels d'offres et les clauses d'exoneration de responsabilite : Tercon Contractors Ltd. v. Colombie-Britannique (Transport et Voirie), ” Canadian Bar Association, September 2010.
•“L'opposabilite de la clause d'election de for et la responsabilite du manufacturier, ” BLG U Continuing Education, June 3, 2010.
•“Construction Insolvency - Where do you go when the Financial Well runs dry?, ” Canadian Construction Association, March 8, 2005.
•“Hypotheque legale de la construction: specificites, risques et strategies, ” Canadian Institute, November 25, 2004.
•“Les reclamations pour coats additionnels ont-elles frappe un mur?, ” presentation to Canadian Bar Association, October 19, 2004.
•“Coverage when you really need it, current issues in construction, ” presentation to Canadian Construction Association - Construction Section - March 25, 2004.
•“La responsabilite des professionnels : obligations, deontologie, etendue et limites, ” Construction Superconference - Canadian Institute, November 26, 2003.
•“Les appels d'offres : tendances et considerations pratiques, ” Infonex Conference 2003, October 2, 2003.
•“Le recours delictuel: une nouvelle avenue pour les intervenants de la construction, ” presentation to the Quebec Bar, published in Developpements recents en droit de la construction 2003, April 11, 2003.

Rankings & Recognitions

•Recognized as a leading infrastructure lawyer in the 2013 Lexpert Special Edition on Infrastructure.
•Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition (and since 2006) of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Construction Law).
•Recognized in the 2014 edition of Who's Who Legal: Canada (Construction).
•Recognized in the 2013 edition of Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers, where he is described as “innovative”, and a “well-recognised presence in the market”.
•Mentioned in the 2013 edition of The Legal Lexpert /American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Construction Law).
•Mentioned in the 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Aboriginal Law and Construction Law).
•Martindale-Hubbell BV Distinguished 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.

Reported CasesRepresentative Work; Advises various stakeholders, including private and public property owners, architects and engineers, contractors, insurers and bonding companies, as well as sub-contractors and suppliers, in all facets of their business relationships and represents them before courts and arbitral tribunals in Quebec and Ontario. Negotiates and drafts documents relating to calls for tenders, construction and procurement contracts, as well as related agreements for construction, energy, infrastructure and industrial projects. Advises and represents manufacturers in product liability litigation. Periodically advises and represents manufacturers with respect to their contractual and legal obligations, both in Quebec and Ontario. Involved with BLG's Team North and advises various active Inuit organizations in Nunavik and Nunavut.

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No Exception To Law R-20 For Wind Turbine Installation In Québec
Frédéric Desmarais,Yvan Houle, August 10, 2015
On July 24, 2015, Administrative Judge François Caron of the Commission des relations du travail (hereinafter the « Commission ») rendered his long-awaited decision on the issue of subjecting wind turbine installation to the Act respecting labour relations, vocational training and workforce...

Signing of a New Agreement Between Québec Government and Eeyou Istchee Cree Nation
Yvan Houle, August 5, 2015
The Québec Government and the Eeyou Istchee Cree Nation recently announced the signing of a new agreement which settles a longstanding dispute pending before the Québec courts, dealing with the Cree Nation's challenge to the management of forestry activities in Québec's North.

Bill 26: An Act To Ensure Mainly The Recovery Of Amounts Obtained As A Result Of Fraud Or Fraudulent Tactics In Connection With Public Contracts
Yvan Houle, March 9, 2015
The Quebec government recently introduced Bill 26 titled the Act to ensure mainly the recovery of amounts obtained as a result of fraud or fraudulent tactics in connection with public contracts which is an extension of its attempts to clean up the construction industry in the wake of the troubling...

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