Audrey-Anne Béland


Audrey-Anne Béland


Complexe Jules-Dallaire, T1
2828 Laurier Blvd., 12th Floor
Quebec City, Quebec G1V 0B9
418 266-4500 418 266-4515

Audrey-Anne Béland specializes in the commercial litigation group and, more specifically, in municipal and administrative law.

Audrey-Anne acts for both private sector companies and public organizations such as municipalities. In this capacity, she advises and assists clients in the development and urban planning, expropriation process and the environment. Audrey-Anne is also involved in municipal taxation mandates, particularly in appeals regarding the contestation of property assessments and special taxes. She also acts in cases involving public contracting processes, access to information, protection of agricultural lands, ethics and lobbying. Finally, she acts on behalf of her clients before the courts and administrative tribunals of the province of Quebec.

Audrey-Anne Béland acts as a trainer and lecturer in various municipal and real estate law fields for several organizations. She has lectured on the protection of cultural heritage, zoning and urban planning, and the expropriation process. She has developed particular expertise in Airbnb-type short-term rental files.

Audrey-Anne is the lawyer in charge of professionals with five years or less experience in our Quebec City office. She offers personalized support and ensures their well-being, integration and professional development.

She practices in both French and English.

  • Called to the Barreau du Québec (2017)
  • LL.B., Université Laval
  • Best Lawyers in Canada : Ones to Watch (2023-2024) - Administrative and Public Law; Municipal Law
  • “L'illusoire discrétion dans la gestion des ponceaux et des encombrements dans les cours d'eau - L'affaire Maheu c. Municipalité du Canton de Shefford”

    Bâti-Vert, vol. 26 n°4, Fall 2022;

  • “Guide d’aide à la prise de décision – l’encadrement municipal de l’hébergement touristique”

    In collaboration with Isabelle Landry, 3rd edition, Union des municipalités du Québec, October 2022

  • “Mise au point de la Cour d’appel en matière de dérogation mineure – L’affaire Municipalité de Saint-Elzéar c. Bolduc, 2021 QCCA 19”

    Bâti-Vert, vol. 25 n°4, Fall 2021;

  • “Guide d’aide à la prise de décision – l’encadrement municipal de l’hébergement touristique, 2nd edition, Union des municipalités du Québec”

    In collaboration with Isabelle Landry, June 2021;

  • “Les pouvoirs municipaux et provinciaux en contexte d’urgence”

    Développements récents en droit municipal (2021) Vol. 490, co-authored with Isabelle Landry, May 2021;

  • “Are you Aware of the Grey Areas for Minor Variances?”, co-authored with Isabelle Landry, January 2021;

  • “Expropriation Demystified: What You Need To Know In Case of Expropriation Notice”, co-authored with Isabelle Landry, October 2020

  • “Guide d’aide à la prise de décision – l’encadrement municipal de l’hébergement touristique”

    Union des municipalités du Québec, co-authored with Isabelle Landry, January 2020.

  • “Incendie et droit acquis – L’affaire Ville de Vaudreuil-Dorion v. 9160-4850 Québec inc.”

    Bâti-Vert, vol. 22 no. 4, Fall 2018.

  • “La réglementation municipale à l’ère d’Airbnb”

    Développements récents en droit municipal (2018), Vol. 442, Co-authored with Isabelle Landry, January 2018

  • Victory in a municipal tax case between our client Société québécoise des infrastructures (SQI) and the City of Lévis. The municipality wanted to impose a special tax of $859,933.92 on SQI for the construction of a new street along its building that already fronted on a public street. Part of the by-law was declared inapplicable, invalid and inoperative with respect to the SQI since it did not derive any benefit from the new street;
  • Acted for Quebec City in civil litigations involving multi-million-dollar real estate grants;
  • Acted for provincial government bodies in major property assessment disputes;
  • Supported clients before the CPTAQ to obtain a right to alienation, subdivision or use for a purpose other than agriculture;
  • Acted for clients in cases relating to short-term accommodation (“Airbnb”) at the administrative and penal phases;
  • Supported and advised developers and contractors regarding acquired rights;
  • Supported and advised developers and contractors regarding acquired rights;
  • Supported and advised Québecor Sports et divertissement in its acquisition of the Théâtre Capitole de Québec;
  • Acted for a swine farm in a case seeking to cancel a minor exemption granted by the Municipality of Saint-Elzéar to reduce the required separation distances for odour management;
  • Acted for Les Holdings de la Grande Roue de Montréal in the context of the contestation of the property assessment for the 2017-2018-2019 and 2020-2021-2022 rolls, seeking to clarify a controversy and a jurisprudential ambiguity regarding the assignability to the property assessment roll of certain specific equipment such as a Ferris wheel and large computer servers. The assessment is now set at over $15 million;
  • Acted on behalf of the citizens of a municipality to hold the municipality accountable for numerous by-laws adopted in bad faith to slow down or prohibit the development of a previously authorized housing project. Injunction sought to compel the municipality to respect its contractual obligation to install a public water supply system;
  • Legal counsel for several access to information requests in response to client requests.
  • 2021

    Interview, "Acquisition, Expropriation et Tramway : comment ça marche", Radio-Canada 

  • 2021

    Speaker, "Location court terme – le mode d’emploi (Législation et réglementation)" in collaboration with Isabelle Landry, Réseau immobilier Québec-Lévis 

  • 2021

    Union des municipalités du Québec, conference on the role of municipalities in preserving their built heritage, in association with Action patrimoine 

  • 2021

    Conference on “Des pouvoirs municipaux en contexte d’urgence” at the symposium on recent developments in municipal law by the Barreau du Québec

  • 2020

    Projet du Tramway, assurez-vous d’être adéquatement indemnisé", webinar on the expropriation process

  • 2020

    La réglementation municipale à l’ère d’Airbnb”, webinar offered by the Union des municipalités du Québec

  • April 2019

    Les mesures de protection de la Loi sur le patrimoine culturel”, speaker at the Colloque Action Patrimoine, Shawinigan

  • October 2018

    La règlementation municipale à l’ère d’Airbnb,” co-authored with Isabelle Landry, Développements récents en droit municipal, Bécancour

  • Young Bar associations of Quebec City
  • Barreau du Québec
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Nature Québec
  • Member of the Environment Committee of the Jeune Barreau de Québec
  • Governor of the next generation of the Fondation du Barreau du Québec
  • Secretary, Director on the Board of Action Patrimoine