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Sylvain Bélair

Partner
Legal assistantErick Lesage514.878.8617elesage@dgchait.com

Known for his extensive expertise in municipal and administrative law, Sylvain Bélair is regularly called upon to represent and defend his clients’ interests before various administrative bodies and courts of law.

In the field of municipal taxation, Sylvain has contested tax assessments for industrial complexes, commercial buildings, retirement homes, hotel complexes, golf courses and vacant land awaiting development. Two of his notable cases include the Olympic Stadium and the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

In the area of expropriation, he has acted on behalf of owners and renters in many expropriation cases, including those related to Highway 30, Technoparc Saint-Laurent and the Turcot Interchange. He has also taken on cases related to residential or commercial regrouping and industrial park creation and expansion. He currently represents multiple owners whose properties have been expropriated for the Réseau express métropolitain, the blue line and the Vaudreuil-Soulanges regional hospital projects.

He also represents multiple clients seeking damages for disguised expropriation before the Superior Court or the Federal Court. He often contests deed transfer charges levied on property transactions and park service charges levied following cadastral changes and permit requests.

Sylvain has extensive experience with litigation arising from the interpretation and application of municipal zoning, subdivision and construction regulations under the Act Respecting Land Use Planning and Development. He assists developers by negotiating and drafting memorandums of understanding for land enhancement and development. He is very involved in the firm’s internal operations and has served in various administrative roles over the years, including as team lead and member of the board of directors.

Known for his extensive expertise in municipal and administrative law, Sylvain Bélair is regularly called upon to represent and defend his clients’ interests before various administrative bodies and courts of law.

In the field of municipal taxation, Sylvain has contested tax assessments for industrial complexes, commercial buildings, retirement homes, hotel complexes, golf courses and vacant land awaiting development. Two of his notable cases include the Olympic Stadium and the Palais des congrès de Montréal.

In the area of expropriation, he has acted on behalf of owners and renters in many expropriation cases, including those related to Highway 30, Technoparc Saint-Laurent and the Turcot Interchange. He has also taken on cases related to residential or commercial regrouping and industrial park creation and expansion. He currently represents multiple owners whose properties have been expropriated for the Réseau express métropolitain, the blue line and the Vaudreuil-Soulanges regional hospital projects.

He also represents multiple clients seeking damages for disguised expropriation before the Superior Court or the Federal Court. He often contests deed transfer charges levied on property transactions and park service charges levied following cadastral changes and permit requests.

Sylvain has extensive experience with litigation arising from the interpretation and application of municipal zoning, subdivision and construction regulations under the Act Respecting Land Use Planning and Development. He assists developers by negotiating and drafting memorandums of understanding for land enhancement and development. He is very involved in the firm’s internal operations and has served in various administrative roles over the years, including as team lead and member of the board of directors.

Best Lawyers in Canada®
Expropriation Law – 2022
Municipal Law – Since 2019

Chambers Canada
Real Estate: Zoning and Land Use
“Band 1” in Québec – 2020 and 2022
“Spotlight Table” in Québec – 2019

  • Panelist, Parlons de taxation : comment le nouveau rôle d’évaluation foncière vous impactera -t-il?
    Montréal Real Estate Forum, 2022
  • Une réforme de la Loi sur l’expropriation : rumeur ou réalité?
    Ordre des évaluateurs agréés du Québec, 2021
  • Les principaux enjeux en matière d’évaluation industrielle : réflexions sur la jurisprudence récente
    Association des évaluateurs municipaux du Québec, 2008
  • Évaluation, expropriation, assurance : Un immeuble et trois valeurs
    Corporation des officiers municipaux agréés du Québec, 2007
  • La recevabilité des recours en apparence tardifs : La force majeure et les motifs raisonnables
    Association des évaluateurs municipaux du Québec, 2007
  • Revue annuelle de jurisprudence en matière d’évaluation et de taxation
    Canadian Property Tax Association, 2006
  • La jurisprudence récente en matière d’évaluation et de taxation
    Association des évaluateurs municipaux du Québec, 2002
  • Le nouveau rôle d’évaluation de la Communauté urbaine de Montréal
    Association de planification fiscale et financière, 2000
  • Le concept de valeur en fiscalité municipale et en expropriation
    Appraisal Institute of Canada, 1998
  • Revue de la jurisprudence récente en droit municipal
    Corporation des officiers municipaux agréés du Québec, 1997
  • Le Nouveau Code civil du Québec
    Association québécoise des agents du bâtiment, 1994
  • L’application de l’article 65 de la Loi sur la fiscalité municipale à l’égard des complexes industriels
    Union des municipalités du Québec, 1993
  • L’application de la Loi sur la qualité de l’environnement
    Union des municipalités régionales de comté et des municipalités locales du Québec, 1993
  • Continued education courses for elected municipal officials
    Union des municipalités régionales de comté et des municipalités locales du Québec, 1993

LL.L.
Université de Montréal, 
1986

Member, Association des évaluateurs municipaux du Québec
Member, Barreau du Québec
Member, Canadian Bar Association – Québec
Member, Canadian Property Tax Association
Member, Institut de développement urbain du Québec

Advisory Committee member — Economy and Public Finances, Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montréal
Vice president of the Québec Chapter, Canadian Property Tax Association