David Bronskill is a partner in the Municipal and Land Development Group at Goodmans. His practice focuses on municipal law matters for private and public sector clients throughout Ontario, including planning, environmental and heritage approvals.
His clients include real estate development firms, educational institutions, shopping centres, restaurants, homeowners and ratepayer groups. He has also acted for numerous municipalities and public entities.
David regularly appears before municipal councils and at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, the Toronto Local Appeal Body and Ontario Municipal Board hearings. He has appeared before the Assessment Review Board, the Ontario Highway Transportation Board, the Divisional Court of Ontario and the Ontario Court of Appeal.
David is recognized by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and The Lexpert/ALM Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada for Property Development, by Best Lawyers in Canada for Municipal Law and Real Estate Law and by Chambers Canada for Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use in Ontario. He was honoured as one of Lexpert’s “Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40” in 2013, in 2019 received the BILD Chair’s Award of Merit, and in 2020 named Lawyer of the Year for Municipal Law by Best Lawyers in Canada.
Awards & Recognition
Best Lawyers in Canada Recognized, Real Estate Law 2023
Best Lawyers in Canada Recognized, Municipal Law 2023
Best Lawyers in Canada Recognized, Real Estate Law 2022
Best Lawyers in Canada Recognized, Municipal Law 2022
Chambers Canada Ranked, Tier 1, Real Estate:Zoning/Land Use - Ontario 2022
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory Most Frequently Recommended, Property Development 2022
David is the past Chair of the Trinity College Board of Trustees and a former Chair of the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association of Trinity College. He is a former Chair and President of the Toronto Humane Society (THS) and returned to the THS Board in 2019. He also served as Secretary on the Board for the Artscape Foundation. On Sunday mornings, David supervises the Law Society of Ontario’s Feed the Hungry Program.
- University of Toronto, LL.B., 2000
- University of Toronto, M.A., 1997, History
- University of Toronto, B.A., 1996, History and Political Science with high distinction
- Law Society of Ontario
- Canadian Bar Association
- Ontario Bar Association
- Lambda Alpha International Land Economics Society
Call to Bar
Municipal and Land Development
Toronto’s Growth Funding Exercise: Proposed Community Benefits Charge By-law, Development Charges By-law and Parkland Dedication Planning Instruments ReleasedOn April 12, 2022, the City of Toronto released a series of documents outlining staff’s proposed approach to the City’s first community benefits charge (CBC) by-law, a new development charges (DCs…
Municipal and Land DevelopmentOn March 30, 2022, the Ontario government introduced the More Homes For Everyone Act, 2022, also known as Bill 109, intended to implement certain recommendations from the Ontario Housing…
Municipal and Land DevelopmentOn Friday October 8, 2021, City of Toronto staff released draft official plan and zoning by-law amendments they intend to recommend to City Council to implement inclusionary zoning. The proposed…
Municipal and Land DevelopmentOn September 22, 2020, the City of Toronto’s Planning and Housing Committee endorsed for consultation purposes draft amendments to the City’s official plan and zoning by-law that would represent the…
Municipal and Land DevelopmentOn April 14, 2020, the provincial government amended the Development Charges Act, 1997 (the “DCA”) and the Planning Act as part of omnibus legislation responding to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency…
Municipal and Land DevelopmentThe Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (“MMAH”) recently proposed a number of changes to the Planning Act and the Development Charges Act, 1997. Bill 73 received first reading on March…
News & Events
Private Equity and Venture CapitalGoodmans is delighted to announce we have been recognized by the 2023 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada with 101 lawyers ranked across 41 practice areas.Congratulations to Dale H. Lastman, C…
Municipal and Land DevelopmentJoin OBA for this unique event which will examine critical issues and keep you current on all the legal matters that arise when building and managing our communities…
We are delighted to announce that Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide has once again recognized Goodmans LLP, with 22 Goodmans lawyers recognized across 17 practice areas in Canada in the 2022 Guide.The…