Statistics regarding Judicial Applicants and Appointees

October 28, 2018 – October 28, 2019

On October 20, 2016, the Government of Canada announced reforms to the superior courts judicial appointments process. As part of these changes and in order to increase transparency and rigour, the Government mandated the Office of the Commissioner for Judicial Affairs to collect and publish statistics and demographic information on judicial applicants and appointees. Based on voluntary disclosure by candidates through self-identification in the Questionnaire for judicial appointment, these statistics relate to diversity (see p. 3 of the candidates’ Questionnaire) and language proficiency (see p. 6 of the Questionnaire).

Total Gender Diversity Language Abilities in both Official Languages
Male Female Other Indigenous Visible Minority Ethnic/Cultural Group or other Person with Disability LGBTQ2 Woman Read court materials Discuss legal matters Converse with counsel Understand oral submissions Write decisions2 Conduct hearings2 All 6 abilities2
Applications Received 320 170 150 0 15 45 71 6 19 150 129 107 110 106 68 81 67
Candidates Assessed 182 86 96 0 11 19 41 4 9 96 55 53 50 49 23 24 20
Candidates Highly Rec.1 41 18 23 0 3 10 12 1 3 23 11 11 13 12 5 5 5
Candidates Recommended1 45 20 25 0 2 2 4 0 2 25 14 15 14 13 6 6 5
Candidates Unable to Rec.1 96 48 48 0 6 7 25 3 4 48 30 27 23 24 12 13 10
Judges Appointed 86 39 47 0 2 4 14 0 0 47 37 28 30 31 4 4 3

Please note that in addition to the 86 candidates appointed, 27 other judges were appointed or elevated to other courts during the same period; 13 men and 14 women. For example, this would include judges appointed to courts of appeal from the trial level courts. There were therefore 113 appointments during this period.


1. Please note that in their application, candidates may apply to more than one court. A candidate can therefore obtain a rating of "highly recommended" for one court, "recommended" for another and "unable to recommend" for yet another court. For ease of reference, the above statistics reflect the highest rating candidates may have received from the Judicial Advisory Committees.

2. Please note that two additional questions were added to the Questionnaire (p. 6) in November 2017. However, some of the candidates were assessed and appointed during this period based on the previous Questionnaire.

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Please note that statistics prior to October 2016 can be found on the Report of Activity of the Judicial Advisory Committees across Canada page.