Legal Counsel

  • Government of Canada
  • Kenora, Ontario, Canada
  • May 11, 2022
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel) Lawyer (Public Sector) Lawyer (Other)

Job Description

Public Prosecution Service of Canada - National Capital Regional Office - Kenora sub-office
Kenora (Ontario)
$114,884 to $158,449

For further information on the organization, please visit Public Prosecution Service of Canada

Help us change the face of the criminal justice system! Diversity and Inclusion at the PPSC.

Closing date: 31 May 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

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Important messages

Set yourself up for success! As the objective of this process is to assess qualifications needed for the position(s) to be staffed, let us know if you have a functional limitation or disability, which may affect your participation. For example, you may contact us if you need assistance in completing and submitting your application. Should you proceed to a future assessment stage, such as an exam or interview, we will send you an e-mail with additional information and you can determine if you may require an accommodation at that time (such as a different test format, an adaptive technology, or additional time). Assessment accommodations are designed to remove the obstacles without altering the criteria being assessed so that candidates with functional limitations can fully demonstrate their abilities.

If you require an accommodation during any phase of this assessment process, please use the Contact information below to request accommodation. All information received in relation to your accommodation will be kept confidential and your right to privacy will be protected.

If you are unable to submit your application before the closing date, please do not hesitate to contact Denise Tremblay by email at

Intent of the process

The immediate need is to staff one (1) position on an indeterminate basis.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

Occupational Certification:
  • Eligibility for membership in the Law Society of Ontario.
  • Recent* experience** in the conduct of criminal or quasi-criminal litigation.

  • Recent refers to the experience obtained in the last five (5) years.
**Experience is associated with a broad range of criminal litigation over a three (3) year period.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)

Asset Experience:
  • Experience appearing in the Ontario Superior Court, the Ontario Court of Justice or an equivalent court in relation to criminal litigation.
  • Experience conducting litigation related to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
  • Experience addressing Indigenous justice issues in a litigation or advisory capacity.
  • Experience conducting judicial interim release proceedings.
  • Experience conducting jury trials.
  • Experience working in the Judicial District of Kenora.

Organizational Needs:
The organization is committed to establishing and maintaining a representative workforce. Qualified applicants who self-declare as members of a visible minority group, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and/or women may be selected for appointment to fulfill organizational needs.

Operational Requirements:
  • Possession of a valid driver’s licence. Note: the licence class must, at a minimum, authorize the driver to drive a car, van or small truck, on all roads and highways without an accompanying driver.
  • Requirement to travel which may include assignments on short notice and for extended periods.
  • Ability and willingness to work outside normal working hours which may include working evenings, nights and weekends based on operational needs.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements

  • Sound* knowledge of the role and practices of Crown Counsel in the conduct of criminal litigation in the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.
  • Sound* knowledge of criminal law and procedures including knowledge of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and its relevant case law.

  • Sound is defined as being capable of fulfilling their duties with minimal direction based on thorough knowledge.
  • Specialized Skills and Knowledge (such as understanding one’s role, legal skills and legal knowledge)
  • Professionalism (such as professional conduct, professional fortitude, service orientation and self assessment)
  • Judgement (such as decision making, critical thinking, and adaptability)
  • Practice Management (such as file management)
  • Communicating effectively (such as verbally, in writing and by listening attentively)
  • Interpersonal Relationships (such as building relationships and emotion management)
  • Leadership (such as coaching and mentoring, influencing others and teamwork)

Conditions of employment

Secret security clearance

  • Member in good standing in the Bar of one of the provinces or territories of Canada.
  • Must be a member, in good standing, of the Law Society of Ontario within 100 days of appointment.
  • Applicants must be willing to be assigned to other types of work at the same group, level and tenure within the Public Prosecution Service of Canada. Assignment of work may be made within or between the various teams of counsel within the office and will be based on operational considerations and will not require relocation of residence.
  • All employees of the core public administration are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground for discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.
  • All conditions of employment must be met and maintained by applicants throughout their tenure in the position.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

On October 6, 2021, the Government of Canada announced details of its plans to require vaccination across the federal public service.

As per the new Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the Core Public Administration Including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, federal public servants in the Core Public Administration and members of the RCMP must attest to their vaccination status. The requirement for employees to be fully vaccinated applies whether they are teleworking, working remotely or working on-site. This is a condition of employment and it applies to indeterminate (permanent), determinate (term), casual, and student hiring. Should you reach the point in the selection process where it is necessary to verify terms and conditions of employment then the hiring manager or a human resources representative will contact you in order to complete an attestation.

The masculine gender is used solely for the convenience of readers. It must not be construed as a form of discrimination.


Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Practice Area(s)

Government Legal Job Board