Jonathan Coady


“From those to whom much is given, much is expected.”

Highest quality of services.

Jonathan takes complex cases and constructs solutions. He works primarily in the area of administrative and public law, representing individuals, government agencies, and regulated entities before courts and tribunals.

Representative matters

Clients involved in disputes are often in need of an advocate who can protect their interests. Accessible and well-prepared, Jonathan presents the positions of his clients in an effective and persuasive manner.  He has:

  • Acted as counsel for a provincial Attorney General in significant cases involving the Constitution Act, 1867
  • Represented individuals, corporations, municipalities and public agencies before administrative tribunals.
  • Served as counsel to administrative tribunals.
  • Advised government agencies and decision-makers on their obligations under federal and provincial legislation.
  • Recovered property valued at more than $2M USD for a foreign state agency.
  • Defended individuals in criminal and regulatory proceedings.
  • Prosecuted offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act as an agent of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.
  • Secured settlements of more than $1M CDN for losses resulting from defective supplies.
  • Appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada, Provincial Court of Prince Edward Island, the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island, the Prince Edward Island Court of Appeal, the Tax Court of Canada, and the Federal Court.
  • Represented parties before the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Prince Edward Island, Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission, Prince Edward Island Labour Relations Board, Prince Edward Island Human Rights Commission, Maritime Provinces Harness Racing Commission, Immigration and Refugee Protection Board of Canada, Employment Insurance Board of Referees, Public Service Commission of Canada, Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada, and the Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River.

Areas of practice

  • Litigation – Public Law
  • Statutory Offences
  • Access to Information and Privacy


Nova Scotia, 2007
Prince Edward Island, 2007


Nova Scotia Barristers' Society
Law Society of Prince Edward Island


University of Cambridge, LL.M., 2009
Dalhousie University, LL.B., 2006
University of Prince Edward Island, B.Sc., 2003


  • Member, Charlottetown management team, Stewart McKelvey
  • Co-lecturer, Supreme Court Practice, Prince Edward Island Bar Admission Course
  • Member, Rules of Court Committee, Prince Edward Island
  • Chair, Administrative Law Section, Prince Edward Island Branch, Canadian Bar Association
  • Vice-Chair, Administrative Law Section, National Executive, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Articling and Admissions Committee, Law Society of Prince Edward Island
  • Lecturer, University of Prince Edward Island, Department of Political Science
  • Member, Regional Council, Prince Edward Island, Canadian Red Cross




  • Best Lawyers: Administrative and Public Law, 2019
  • Best Lawyers: Corporate and Commercial Litigation, 2019


  • "The Time Has Come: Standard of Review in Canadian Administrative Law," (2017) 68 UNB Law Journal 87.
  • "Renovate or rebuild: What shall we do with standard of review?" Canadian Bar Association Administrative Law Section Resources (1 December 2017)
  • "Administrative law in one sitting: A special contribution from Justice David Stratas," Canadian Bar Association Administrative Law Section Resources (1 April 2017)
  • "Privilege Prevails: Privacy Commissioner Protects Solicitor-Client Communications," Stewart McKelvey Resources (16 March 2017)
  • "Land Use Planning in Prince Edward Island: The Year in Review," Stewart McKelvey Resources (20 December 2016)
  • "You've Got Mail - Ontario Court of Appeal Sends a Constitutional Message to Municipalities about Community Mailboxes," Stewart McKelvey resources (28 October 2016)
  • "Make Your List and Check it Twice: IRAC Sends a Holiday Reminder to Municipalities" Stewart McKelvey Client Update (23 December 2015).
  • "Finding our way in the fight against terrorism" The Guardian (25 October 2014).
  • “The Charter: Can Our Rights be Protected Without It?” The Guardian (13 December 2012).
  • “Where are you Going, and What do you Wish? Applying TeleZone to Actions Against the Provincial Crown” Canadian Bar Association National Administrative Law Conference (23 November 2012).
  • “Collective Bargaining: Lessons from the NHL Lockout” Stewart McKelvey Labour and Employment Blog (17 October 2012).
  • “Reasonable Accommodation Does Not Require Placement in Dream Job” Atlantic Employers’ Counsel (Fall 2011) 9.
  • “Conditional Release of Terror Suspects in Canada: Lessons from the United Kingdom” (2010) 36(1) Queen’s Law Journal 251.
  • “Recording of Defence Medical Exams is the Exception and Not the Rule – At Least for Now” Atlantic Insurance Counsel (Fall 2010) 268.
  • “Close the Door on Torture” The Mark (7 May 2009).
  • “Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies Test for Causation” Atlantic Insurance Counsel (Spring 2007) 171.
  • “Employee Performance Reviews: Good Faith Criticism or Grounds for Constructive Dismissal?” Atlantic Employers’ Counsel (Winter 2007) 8.
  • “Islanders, the Constitution, and Property Rights” The Guardian (13 January 2006) A7


  • "Regulatory Offences for Farmers in Prince Edward Island," Continuing Legal Education Workshop, Law Society of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (2014).
  • "Provincial Court Practice - Getting a Charge," Continuing Legal Education Workshop, Law Society of Prince Edward Island, Crowbush, Prince Edward Island (2014).

65 Grafton Street
P.O. Box 2140
Charlottetown, PE, Canada
C1A 8B9

P 902.629.4520
F 902.566.5283

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