Supreme Court of Canada Appointment Process - 2022

On April 4, 2022, the Prime Minister of Canada opened the process to select the next justice of the Supreme Court of Canada to fill the vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of Mr. Justice Michael J. Moldaver. (view Prime Minister's press release)

Under the process used for the first time in 2016, an independent and non-partisan Advisory Board, will again be given the task of identifying suitable candidates who are jurists of the highest caliber, are functionally bilingual, and are representative of the diversity of Canada. The Advisory Board will submit a short list of three to five individuals for consideration by the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister has announced the appointment of the Honourable H. Wade MacLauchlan, former Premier of Prince Edward Island, as Chair of the Advisory Board. On May 16, 2022, the Prime Minister announced the remaining members of the Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments. (see Prime Minister's press release)

Justice Moldaver was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada from the Court of Appeal for Ontario. In recognition of the custom of regional representation, this process will be open to candidates from the province of Ontario. When applying, through the Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada, candidates should make reference to their bar membership, judicial appointment, or other relationship with Ontario.

The application period ends May 13, 2022. This process is to fill the ninth position on the Supreme Court of Canada.

More information regarding the process can be found in the following pages.