Justice

Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada

The information presented on the following pages is for reference purposes only and should not be considered or relied on as an authoritative or exhaustive source of all Governor in Council appointments or positions.

Minister Responsible

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Appointment Provisions

Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada Act
http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/A-1.5/FullText.html

The Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada, consisting of the Chief Administrator and employees of the Service, is established as a portion of the federal public administration.

The Chief Administrator is to be appointed by the Governor in Council to hold office during pleasure for a term of up to five years.

The Chief Administrator is eligible for re-appointment at the end of each term of office.

The Chief Administrator has the rank and status of a deputy head of a department.

The Chief Administrator has all the powers that are necessary to perform his or her duties and functions under this or any other Act of Parliament.

If the Chief Administrator is absent or incapacitated or the office of Chief Administrator is vacant, the Minister must appoint another person to act as Chief Administrator, but a person must not be so appointed for a term of more than 90 days without the approval of the Governor in Council.

The person acting as Chief Administrator has all of the powers, duties and functions of the Chief Administrator conferred under this Act or any other Act of Parliament.

Remuneration

The Chief Administrator is to be paid the remuneration that may be fixed by the Governor in Council and is entitled to be paid reasonable travel and living expenses incurred in the exercise of his or her powers or the performance of his or her duties and functions while absent from the Chief Administrator’s ordinary place of work.

Appointments

Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
Chief Administrator
Pelletier, Marie-France
Ottawa, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Pleasure
2014-10-27
2019-10-26

Canadian Human Rights Commission

The information presented on the following pages is for reference purposes only and should not be considered or relied on as an authoritative or exhaustive source of all Governor in Council appointments or positions.


Minister Responsible

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Appointment Provisions

Canadian Human Rights Act
http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/H-6/index.html

The Canadian Human Rights Commission shall consists of a Chief Commissioner, a Deputy Chief Commissioner and not less than three or more than six other members, to be appointed by the Governor in Council.

The Chief Commissioner and Deputy Chief Commissioner are full-time members of the Commission and the other members may be appointed as full-time or part-time members of the Commission.

Each full-time member of the Commission may be appointed for a term not exceeding seven years and each part-time member may be appointed for a term not exceeding three years.

Each member of the Commission holds office during good behaviour but may be removed by the Governor in Council on address of the Senate and House of Commons.

A member of the Commission is eligible to be re-appointed in the same or another capacity.

The Chief Commissioner is the chief executive officer of the Commission and has supervision over and direction of the Commission and its staff and shall preside at meetings of the Commission.

In the event of the absence or incapacity of the Chief Commissioner, or if that office is vacant, the Deputy Chief Commissioner has all the powers and may perform all the duties and functions of the Chief Commissioner.

In the event of the absence or incapacity of the Chief Commissioner and the Deputy Chief Commissioner, or if those offices are vacant, the full-time member with the most seniority has all the powers and may perform all the duties and functions of the Chief Commissioner.

Quorum

A decision of the majority of the members present at a meeting of the Commission, if the members present constitute a quorum, is a decision of the Commission.

Remuneration

Member

  • Fixed by By-Law
  • Plus travel and living (fixed by by-law).

Appointments

Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
Chief Commissioner
Landry, Marie-Claude
Cowansville, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2015-03-30
2022-03-29
Deputy Chief Commissioner
Chabot, Geneviève
Ottawa, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2017-12-11
2021-12-10
Members
MacPherson, Sheila Marlene
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Part-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2015-04-30
2018-04-29
Serbu, Kelly J.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Part-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2015-05-28
2018-05-27
3 Vacant Positions
Total vacancies: 3

Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

The information presented on the following pages is for reference purposes only and should not be considered or relied on as an authoritative or exhaustive source of all Governor in Council appointments or positions.

Minister Responsible

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Appointment Provisions

Canadian Human Rights Act
http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/H-6/index.html

The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal consists of a maximum of fifteen members, including a Chairperson and a Vice-chairperson, as may be appointed by the Governor in Council.

Persons appointed as members of the Tribunal must have experience, expertise and interest in, and sensitivity to, human rights.

The Chairperson and Vice-chairperson must be members in good standing of the bar of a province or the Chambre des notaires du Québec for at least ten years and at least two of the other members of the Tribunal must be members in good standing of the bar of a province or the Chambre des notaires du Québec.

Appointments are to be made having regard to the need for regional representation in the membership of the Tribunal.

If a member is absent or incapacitated, the Governor in Council may, appoint a temporary substitute member to act during the absence or incapacity.

The Governor in Council may appoint temporary members to the Tribunal for a term of not more than three years whenever, in the opinion of the Governor in Council, the workload of the Tribunal so requires.

The Chairperson and Vice-chairperson are to be appointed to hold office during good behaviour for terms of not more than seven years, and the other members are to be appointed to hold office during good behaviour for terms of not more than five years, but the Chairperson may be removed from office by the Governor in Council for cause and the Vice-chairperson and the other members may be subject to remedial or disciplinary measures.

A member whose appointment expires may, with the approval of the Chairperson, conclude any inquiry that the member has begun, and a person performing duties under this subsection is deemed to be a part-time member.

The Chairperson, Vice-chairperson or any other member whose term has expired is eligible for reappointment in the same or any other capacity.

The Chairperson and Vice-chairperson are to be appointed as full-time members of the Tribunal, and the other members are to be appointed as either full-time or part-time members.

The Chairperson is the chief executive officer of the Tribunal and has supervision over and direction of its work, including the allocation of work among the members and the management of the Tribunal’s internal affairs.

The Vice-chairperson shall assist the Chairperson and shall perform the functions of the Chairperson if the Chairperson is absent or unable to act or the office of Chairperson is vacant.

The Governor in Council may authorize a member of the Tribunal to perform the functions of the Chairperson on a temporary basis if the Chairperson and Vice-chairperson are absent or unable to act or if both of those offices are vacant.

The full-time members of the Tribunal shall reside in the National Capital Region, as described in the schedule to the National Capital Act, or within forty kilometres of that Region.

Remuneration

 

Remuneration

Member

  • Approved by GiC: Position;
    per diem ($715 - $840)

Appointments

Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
Chairperson
Thomas, David L.
West Vancouver, British Columbia
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2014-09-02
2021-09-01
Vice-Chairperson
Gupta, Susheel
Ottawa, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2010-08-03
2018-08-02
Members
Bryan, J. Dena
Pictou, Nova Scotia
Part-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2015-03-26
2020-03-25
Gaudreault, Gabriel
Gatineau, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2017-01-30
2022-12-29
Luftig, Olga
Toronto, Ontario
Part-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2012-12-13
2020-12-13
Mercer, Kirsten
Ottawa, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2017-01-30
2021-12-29
Pannu, Alex G.
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Part-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2015-06-18
2020-06-17
Perrault, Anie
Bromont, Quebec
Part-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2015-04-30
2020-04-29
Ulyatt, George
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Part-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2012-12-13
2020-12-13
3 Vacant Positions
Future Appointment: Harrington, Colleen (2018-01-29)
Total vacancies: 3

Courts Administration Service

The information presented on the following pages is for reference purposes only and should not be considered or relied on as an authoritative or exhaustive source of all Governor in Council appointments or positions.

Minister Responsible

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Appointment Provisions

Courts Administration Service Act
http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-45.5/page-1.html#h-4

The Governor in Council shall appoint the Chief Administrator to hold office during pleasure for a term of up to five years. The Chief Administrator is eligible for re-appointment at the end of each term of office.

If the Chief Administrator is absent or incapacitated or the office of Chief Administrator is vacant, the Minister of Justice shall appoint another person to act as Chief Administrator. That person may not act as Chief Administrator for more than 90 days unless the Governor in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Justice after consultation by that Minister with the Chief Justices of the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the Court Martial Appeal Court and the Tax Court of Canada, confirms that the person may continue to act as Chief Administrator.

Consultation

The Minister of Justice shall consult the Chief Justices of the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the Court Martial Appeal Court and the Tax Court of Canada with respect to the appointment and re-appointment of the Chief Administrator and, if applicable, the termination of the Chief Administrator’s appointment.

Appointments

Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
Chief Administrator
Gosselin, Daniel
Gatineau, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Pleasure
2011-01-31
2021-01-30

Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission

The information presented on the following pages is for reference purposes only and should not be considered or relied on as an authoritative or exhaustive source of all Governor in Council appointments or positions.


Minister Responsible

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mandate

The Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission was established to inquire into the adequacy of the salaries and other amounts payable under the Judges Act and into the adequacy of judges' benefits generally. In so doing, the Commission considers the prevailing economic conditions in Canada, including the cost of living, and the overall economic and current financial position of the federal government, as well as the role of financial security of the judiciary in ensuring judicial independence; the need to recruit the most qualified candidates to the judiciary; and any other relevant factors.

Appointment Provisions

Judges Act

The Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission consists of three members appointed by the Governor in Council. One person nominated by the judiciary; one person nominated by the Minister of Justice of Canada; and one person, who shall act as Chairperson, nominated by the members who are nominated as set out above.

Each member holds office during good behaviour, and may be removed for cause at any time by the Governor in Council. The members are appointed to hold office for a term of four years.

Where the term of a member ends, other than in the case of removal for cause, the member may carry out and complete any duties of the member in respect of a matter that was referred to the Commission while he or she was a member.

A member is eligible to be reappointed for one further term if re-nominated.

In the event of the absence or incapacity of a member, the Governor in Council may appoint as a substitute temporary member a person nominated to hold office during the absence or incapacity.

If the office of a member becomes vacant during the term of the member, the Governor in Council shall appoint a person nominated to hold office as a member for the remainder of the term.

Quorum

A quorum of the Commission consists of all three members.

The Commission shall commence an inquiry on October 1, 2015, and on October 1 of every fourth year after 2015, and shall submit a report containing its recommendations to the Minister of Justice of Canada within nine months after the date of commencement. The Commission may, with the consent of the Minister of Justice and the judiciary, postpone the date of commencement of a quadrennial inquiry.

Remuneration

Chairperson

  • Fixed by GiC: Incumbent;
    per diem ($650 - $750)

Member

  • Fixed by GiC: Incumbent;
    per diem ($600 - $700)

Member (Judiciary)

  • Fixed by GiC: Incumbent;
    per diem ($600 - $700)

Appointments

Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
Chairperson
Rémillard, Gil
Montréal, Quebec
During Good Behaviour
2015-12-15
2019-09-30
Member (Federal)
Bloodworth, Margaret
Ottawa, Ontario
During Good Behaviour
2015-12-15
2019-09-30
Member (Judiciary)
Griffin, Peter Herbert
Toronto, Ontario
During Good Behaviour
2015-12-15
2019-09-30

Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs

The information presented on the following pages is for reference purposes only and should not be considered or relied on as an authoritative or exhaustive source of all Governor in Council appointments or positions.


Minister Responsible

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mandate

The Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs (FJA) was created in 1978 to safeguard the independence of the judiciary and put federally appointed judges at arm's length from the Department of Justice. The Office's mandate extends to promoting better administration of justice and providing support for the federal judiciary. In supporting federal judicial activities, the Office strives to meet three priorities: protecting the independence of the judiciary; achieving greater administrative efficiency in the judiciary using up-to-date technology; and supporting the judiciary and providing central administrative services to judges.

Head Office

Ottawa, Ontario

Appointment Provisions

Judges Act

The Commissioner is appointed by the Governor in Council, after consultation by the Minister of Justice with the Canadian Judicial Council or such committee thereof as is named for the purpose by the Canadian Judicial Council. The Commissioner shall have the rank and status of a deputy head of a department.

Consultation

The Judges Act specifies that the Commissioner is appointed by the Governor in Council, after consultation by the Minister of Justice with the Canadian Judicial Council or such committee thereof as is named for the purpose by the Canadian Judicial Council.

Appointments

Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
Commissioner
Giroux, Marc A.
Ottawa, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Pleasure (Interpretation Act)
2017-06-21
2022-06-20

Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages for Canada

The information presented on the following pages is for reference purposes only and should not be considered or relied on as an authoritative or exhaustive source of all Governor in Council appointments or positions.


Minister Responsible

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Appointment Provisions

Official Languages Act

The Governor in Council shall, by commission under the Great Seal, appoint a Commissioner of Official Languages for Canada after consultation with the leader of every recognized party in the Senate and House of Commons and approval of the appointment by resolution of the Senate and House of Commons. The Commissioner holds office during good behavior for a term of seven years, but may be removed for cause by the Governor in Council at any time on address of the Senate and House of Commons. The Commissioner is eligible to be reappointed for terms not exceeding seven years. The Commissioner shall rank as and have all the powers of a deputy head of a department, shall engage exclusively in the duties of the office of the Commissioner and shall not hold any other office under her Majesty or engage in any other employment.

In the event of the absence or incapacity of the Commissioner, or if that office is vacant, the GIC may appoint any qualified person to hold that office in the interim for a term not exceeding six months, and that person shall, while holding office, be paid the salary or other remuneration and expenses that may be fixed by the Governor in Council.

The Commissioner of Official Languages is an Agent of Parliament. The President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada has been designated as the appropriate minister for the purposes of the Financial Administration Act.

Eligibility/Conflicts

Must be able to speak and understand clearly both official languages at the time of his or her appointment.

(Language Skills Act - http://laws.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/L-6.2/index.html)

Remuneration

The Governor in Council shall, by commission under the Great Seal, appoint a Commissioner of Official Languages for Canada after consultation with the leader of every recognized party in the Senate and House of Commons and approval of the appointment by resolution of the Senate and House of Commons.

Appointments

Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
Interim Commissioner of Official Languages
Saikaley, Ghislaine
Ottawa, Ontario
During Good Behaviour
2016-12-17
2018-01-28
Commissioner of Official Languages
Future Appointment: Théberge, Raymond (2018-01-29)

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

The information presented on the following pages is for reference purposes only and should not be considered or relied on as an authoritative or exhaustive source of all Governor in Council appointments or positions.


Minister Responsible

Minister of Justice and Attorney of Canada

Appointment Provisions

An Act respecting the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

The Governor in Council shall, on the recommendation of the Attorney General, appoint a Director of Public Prosecutions. The Director has the rank and status of a deputy head of a department.

The Attorney General shall establish a selection committee consisting of the following members: a person named by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, a person named by each recognized political party in the House of Commons, the Deputy Minister of Justice, the Deputy Minister of the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and a person selected by the Attorney General.

The Attorney General shall submit to the selection committee a list of not more than 10 candidates whom he or she considers suitable to be appointed as Director, each of whom must be a member of at least 10 years standing at the bar of any province. The committee shall assess the candidates and recommend three of them to the Attorney General.

The Director holds office, during good behaviour, for a term of seven years, but may be removed by the Governor in Council at any time for cause with the support of a resolution of the House of Commons to that effect. The Director is not eligible to be reappointed for a further term of office. At the end of the Director’s term, the Director shall continue in office until his or her successor is appointed. The Director shall engage exclusively in the duties and functions of his or her office under this Act or any other Act of Parliament and shall not hold any other office or engage in any other employment for reward.

The Governor in Council shall, on the recommendation of the Attorney General, appoint one or more members of at least 10 years’ standing at the bar of any province to be Deputy Directors of Public Prosecutions. The Attorney General may only make the recommendation after consultation with a selection committee consisting of the Director, a person representing the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and the Deputy Minister of Justice.

In the event of the incapacity of the Director or a vacancy in that office, the Governor in Council may authorize a Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions to act as Director, but no person may act as Director for a period exceeding 12 months without the approval of the Governor in Council.

The Director shall be paid the remuneration and expenses that are fixed by the Governor in Council. Once fixed, the remuneration may not be reduced.

Consultation

The Governor in Council shall, on the recommendation of the Attorney General, appoint one or more members of at least 10 years’ standing at the bar of any province to be Deputy Directors of Public Prosecutions. The Attorney General may only make the recommendation after consultation with a selection committee consisting of the Director, a person representing the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and the Deputy Minister of Justice.

Remuneration

The Director shall be paid the remuneration and expenses that are fixed by the Governor in Council. Once fixed, the remuneration may not be reduced.

Remuneration

Deputy Director

Appointments

Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
Director
Roussel, Kathleen
Ottawa, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
2017-03-06
2024-06-20
Deputy Director
Dolhai, George G.
Ottawa, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Pleasure
2012-05-03
2019-05-02
1 Vacant Position
Total vacancies: 1

Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime

The information presented on the following pages is for reference purposes only and should not be considered or relied on as an authoritative or exhaustive source of all Governor in Council appointments or positions.


Minister Responsible

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Mandate

The mandate of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime relates exclusively to matters of federal responsibility and includes facilitating access of victims to existing federal programs and services by providing them with information and referrals; addressing complaints of victims about compliance with the provisions of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act that apply to victims of offenders under federal supervision and providing an independent resource for those victims; enhancing awareness among criminal justice personnel and policy makers of the needs and concerns of victims and the applicable laws that benefit victims of crime, including to promote the principles set out in the Canadian Statement of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime; and identifying emerging issues and exploring systemic issues that impact negatively on victims of crime.

Head Office

Ottawa, Ontario

Appointment Provisions

Public Service Employment Act

The Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime shall be appointed by the Governor in Council for a term not exceeding three years, which term may be renewed, and may only be removed for cause by the Governor in Council.

Remuneration

Federal Ombudsman

Appointments

Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime
1 Vacant Position
Total vacancies: 1

Office of the Privacy Commissioner

The information presented on the following pages is for reference purposes only and should not be considered or relied on as an authoritative or exhaustive source of all Governor in Council appointments or positions.


Minister Responsible

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Appointment Provisions

Privacy Act

The Governor in Council shall, by commission under the Great Seal, appoint a Privacy Commissioner after consultation with the leader of every recognized party in the Senate and House of Commons and approval of the appointment by resolution of the Senate and House of Commons. The Privacy Commissioner holds office during good behaviour for a term of seven years, but may be removed for cause by the GIC at any time upon address of the House of Commons and Senate. The Privacy Commissioner is eligible for reappointment for terms not exceeding seven years. The Commissioner shall have the rank and all the powers of a deputy head of a department, and shall engage exclusively in the duties of the office of Privacy Commissioner under this Act or any other Act of Parliament.

The GIC may appoint, on the recommendation of the Privacy Commissioner, one or more Assistant Privacy Commissioners to hold office during good behaviour for renewable terms not exceeding five years. An Assistant Privacy Commissioner shall engage exclusively in such duties or functions of the office of the Privacy Commissioner under this Act or any other Act of Parliament as are delegated by the Privacy Commissioner.

In the event of the absence or incapacity of the Privacy Commissioner, or if that office is vacant, the GIC may appoint any qualified person to hold office in the interim for a term not exceeding six months, and that person shall, while holding that office, be paid the salary or other remuneration and expenses that may be fixed by the GIC.

The GIC may appoint as Privacy Commissioner under the Privacy Act, the Information Commissioner appointed under the Access to Information Act.

In the event that the Information Commissioner is appointed as Privacy Commissioner, the Privacy Commissioner shall be paid the salary of the Information Commissioner but not the salary of the Privacy Commissioner.

The Privacy Commissioner is an Agent of Parliament. The Minister of Justice has been designated as the "appropriate Minister" for the purposes of the Financial Administration Act.

Eligibility/Conflicts

Must be able to speak and understand clearly both official languages at the time of his or her appointment.

(Language Skills Act - http://laws.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/L-6.2/index.html)

Consultation

The Governor in Council shall, by commission under the Great Seal, appoint a Privacy Commissioner after consultation with the leader of every recognized party in the Senate and House of Commons and approval of the appointment by resolution of the Senate and House of Commons.

Appointments

Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
Privacy Commissioner
Therrien, Daniel
Val-des-Monts, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Good Behaviour
Salary equal to a judge of the Federal Court of Canada.
2014-06-05
2021-06-04

Supreme Court of Canada

The information presented on the following pages is for reference purposes only and should not be considered or relied on as an authoritative or exhaustive source of all Governor in Council appointments or positions.

Minister Responsible

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Appointment Provisions

Supreme Court Act
http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/S-26/page-3.html#h-5

The GIC may by instruments under the Great Seal appoint fit and proper persons, being barristers or advocates of at least five years standing, to be Registrar of the Supreme Court and Deputy Registrar of the Supreme Court.

The Registrar and the Deputy Registrar shall be appointed to hold office during pleasure and shall devote their full time to their respective positions.

Appointments

Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
Registrar
Bilodeau, Roger
Ottawa, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Pleasure
2009-03-02
Deputy Registrar
Power, John David
Ottawa, Ontario
Full-Time Appointment
During Pleasure
2014-11-03