Articling Student

  • Government of Canada
  • London, Ontario, Canada
  • Jun 20, 2023
Contract Articling Student

Job Description

Public Prosecution Service of Canada - Ontario Regional Office
London (Ontario)
$41,565 to $90,745 (annual salary $72,126)

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

Learn about Diversity and Inclusion at the PPSC! Click here!

Do our commitments align? Check out our Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility - Action Plan 2021-2024! Click here!

Closing date: 7 July 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

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

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Important messages

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:

The Federal Public Service is stronger and most effective when we reflect the diversity of the Canadian population we serve. The Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) is dedicated to building a diverse workforce and an equitable, inclusive and accessible workplace culture. We are committed to being representative of Canadian society and ensuring that our workforce feels they belong. All candidates in the area of selection who believe they are qualified are encouraged to apply, especially equity groups like members of a racialized group, persons living with a disability, Indigenous Peoples, and the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Bringing your whole self to work each day is important to us. We are genuinely interested in understanding who you are and what your identity factors are.


Set yourself up for success! As the objective of this process is to assess qualifications needed for the position(s) to be staffed, it is important to us that you feel included and that you can participate without barriers. We are committed to improving accessibility in all areas of our organization and adopting a “Yes, by default” approach when necessary requirements are requested. You are encouraged to communicate your unique needs for accessibility and/or accommodation. 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, but not limited to, a different test format, an adaptive technology, additional time, a new date, etc.). Assessment accommodations are designed to remove the obstacles without altering the criteria being assessed so that candidates can fully demonstrate their abilities.

Please use the Contact information below to request accommodation during any phase of this assessment process. This information 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 Miguel Lozada Rubiano by email at

Work environment

The Department:

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) is a national organization that prosecutes federal offences. We offer career opportunities for prosecutors, paralegals, legal assistants, and a wide range of business professionals. Our organization consists of approximately 1000 employees in regional offices across the country.

In 2023, we updated our Mission and Values to reflect our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation as well as Equity and Inclusion. The PPSC acknowledges the realities faced by individuals subjected to systemic discrimination and the significant over-representation of racialized and Indigenous persons in the criminal justice system. The PPSC’s mission is to serve the public interest and help make Canada a safe and just society by conducting prosecutions in a manner that is equitable, objective and independent, while protecting the rights of every individual; and contributing to the change necessary to support a criminal justice system that is fair to all.

To learn more about the PPSC’s guiding mission and values, visit:

Every PPSC employee has a role to play in creating a work environment where every person can bring their whole self to work and feel valued and empowered to contribute. Being informed and influenced by our diverse employees helps change the heart and conscience of the PPSC. As part of the larger PPSC Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (EDIA) governance structure, you can join one of five National Councils for Employees: Persons living with Disabilities, Racialized Persons, Black Persons, Indigenous Peoples, and 2SLGBTQIA+.

The PPSC also updated the Decision to Prosecute test, which provides clear guidance to prosecutors on how to be more proactive and conscious about recognizing bias, discrimination, and other factors contributing to over-representation. Prosecutors now have a framework to consider background and systemic factors. These factors are considered not only as they relate to the accused, but also to the victim and affected communities, particularly Indigenous women and girls. It also seeks to clarify situations where the public interest may not require a prosecution.

The Team:

The Ontario Regional Office (ORO) is responsible for federal prosecutions (primarily under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA)) in southern and southwestern Ontario, from Windsor in the west to Trenton in the east, and northward to Georgian Bay and the districts encompassing Barrie, Lindsay, and Peterborough. The regional headquarters is located in Toronto, with local offices in Brampton, Kitchener, London, and Newmarket.

The London Team is primarily responsible for street-level drug prosecutions in Middlesex, Elgin and Perth counties, and is comprised of one team together covering prosecutions in London, St. Thomas and Stratford. Counsel are assigned files at their inception, guiding them through the case management process and into preliminary inquiries and trials at the Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice. Counsel on the London Team are also responsible for staffing the docket courts at the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice in London, St. Thomas and Stratford.

For more information, please visit our website at

Intent of the process

The immediate need is to staff one (1) position for a ten (10) month period.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter "Why are you interested in an articling placement with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC)?"

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

  • At the time of appointment, Bachelor of Law degree or equivalent.

Degree equivalency

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

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

  • General knowledge of the law.
  • 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)

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

  • Knowledge of the mandate and role of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.
  • Demonstrated interest in litigation.

Conditions of employment

  • Security Clearance: Secret
  • Must be a student member of the Law Society of Ontario at the time of appointment.
  • 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


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.