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Counsel - Join our Nunavut and Yukon Regional Offices!

Reference number: PPD22J-023795-000095
Selection process number: 2022-PPD-EA-INV-NU-138321
Public Prosecution Service of Canada - Nunavut Regional Office and Yukon Regional Office
Iqaluit (Nunavut), Whitehorse (Yukon)
LP-02, LP-03
LP-02: $114,884 - $158,449 / LP-03: $139,221 - $175,163 - Plus Isolated Post Allowance

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

Closing date: 28 March 2024 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: This inventory is open to persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents residing abroad.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to an inventory for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

Need help with your application? Let us know. If you require an accommodation during any phase of this assessment process, please use the Contact information below. All information received in relation to your accommodation will be kept confidential and your right to privacy will be protected.


We will be holding a series of information sessions with lawyers of the Yukon and Nunavut Regional Offices. Candidates will have the opportunity to learn more about the roles and responsibilities of our lawyers, the work environment, as well as the culture and experiences that the Yukon and Nunavut have to offer. There will be a question and answer period at the end of the presentation.

The information sessions will be held via MSTeams. Interested candidates can email Stacey LaCroix-Sauve, Senior HR Advisor at Stacey.LaCroix-Sauve@ppsc-sppc.gc.ca to register for a session.

Please provide the following information when registering:
• The session that you are registering for.
• The email address where the MSTeams invitation can be sent to.

If you require accommodation, please contact us in order for appropriate measures to be put in place. This information will be kept confidential.

Our upcoming information session(s) will be held on the following date(s):

• To be determined

Thank you and we hope you will join us!


As Counsel at the PPSC, you will conduct criminal prosecutions on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions on many significant and complex cases. In addition to Drug and regulatory offences, our Yukon and Nunavut Regional Offices prosecute territorial and Criminal Code offences, including homicide and sexual offences

Joining the Public Prosecution Service of Canada will be a transformative experience, both professionally and personally.

Work environment

Nunavut is an Inuit territory, where societal values are guided by the principles of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (Inuit Traditional Knowledge). As a PPSC employee, you will have a particular responsibility to respect traditional approaches to justice, including restorative justice programs that incorporate Inuit values and culture, and embody the spirit of Inuit Qaujmajatuqangit. The Nunavut Regional Office embraces a welcoming, culturally sensitive and representative workplace. Inuktitut, as well as English and French, is widely spoken within the office. Inuit culture is celebrated. Impromptu, as well as work-related, gatherings occur to share country food such as bannock, seal, caribou and fish.

The Yukon Regional Office is responsible for prosecutions throughout Yukon Territory. The regional headquarters is located in Whitehorse.

Whitehorse is Yukon’s capital and a major northern hub. It enjoys facilities, services and businesses far beyond the expectation of a city of 30,000. It's a big little city surrounded by wilderness with the amenities of a much larger destination paired with the friendly demeanour of a close-knit community.

For more information on life in the Yukon please visit:

Additional benefits:
1) Northern Allowance - in addition to your base salary to offset the costs of living.
2) Vacation Travel Assistance (VTA) - paid travel outside the territory once a year. The amount allocated varies.
3) Room for growth in our organization.
4) Training opportunities.
5) Relocation assistance.
6) Government Housing (Nunavut positions)

Intent of the process

Nunavut: The immediate need is to staff three (3) positions at the LP-02 group and level and one (1) position at the LP-03 group and level on a permanent (indeterminate) basis.

Yukon: The immediate need is to staff two (2) positions at the LP-02 group and level on a permanent (indeterminate) or temporary (term) basis.

Positions to be filled: 6

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 Nunavut and/or the Law Society of Yukon.

- LP- 02: Recent* experience in the conduct of criminal or quasi-criminal litigation.

Experience is associated with a broad range of criminal litigation over a three (3) year period.

*Recent refers to the experience obtained in the last five (5) years.

- LP-03: Significant* experience leading, or in taking on a leadership role in a criminal litigation team, in the conduct of ill-defined and complex litigation.
- LP-03: Experience in coaching and mentoring others on matters relating to criminal investigations and litigation.

* Significant is defined as experience associated with a broad range of progressively increasing complexity of criminal litigation over a six (6) year period accumulated within the past twelve (12) years.

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

Asset Qualification - Experience:
- Experience working as Crown Prosecutor or criminal defence counsel.
- Experience working in a cross cultural environment, particularly in Indigenous communities.
- Experience working in a northern environment.

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.
- Persons self-identifying as Nunavut Inuit enrolled under the Nunavut Agreement may be selected for appointment in Nunavut to fulfill organizational needs.

Operational Requirements:
- 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.
-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 (Yukon only).

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

- LP-02: Sound* knowledge of the role and practices of Crown Counsel in the conduct of criminal litigation in the Public Prosecution Service of Canada
- LP-02: 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.

- LP-03: In-depth* knowledge of the role and practices of Crown Counsel in the conduct of criminal litigation in the Public Prosecution Service of Canada
- LP-03: In-depth* knowledge of criminal law and procedures including knowledge of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and its relevant case law

*In-depth is defined as specialist in one or more areas of law, having thorough knowledge.

Abilities/skills and Personal Suitability:
- 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)

Asset Qualification - Ability:
- Ability to speak Inuktitut.

Conditions of employment

- Reliability and Security: Secret
- Member in good standing in the Bar of one of the provinces or territories of Canada.
- Authority to work and appear as counsel with respect to matters under federal and territorial jurisdiction in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Law Society of Nunavut and of the Law Society of Yukon.
- 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.
- Medical clearance.
- All conditions of employment must be met and maintained throughout the 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.

Contact information

Stacey LaCroix-Sauvé, Senior Human Resources Advisor Lucía Guidi-Mazzola, Human Resources Assistant
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