3. Regional Office Profiles

Alberta

The Alberta Regional Office operates from a regional headquarters in Edmonton and a local office in Calgary. The offices conduct a broad range of drug, organized crime, proceeds of crime, regulatory, and economic crime prosecutions throughout the province. Approximately 25 standing agents handle drug and some regulatory prosecutions in court circuit points outside Edmonton and Calgary.

All federal prosecutors work closely with investigative agencies, including the RCMP, municipal police, federal investigative agencies, and specialized combined forces special enforcement units.

The Alberta offices carried out initiatives in areas such as major case management, electronic case presentation, and educational exercises. There is a significant and highly successful initiative in restorative justice through the operation of Drug Treatment Courts. The Chief Federal Prosecutor and staff dedicated significant effort to criminal practice and law enforcement support activities with the Alberta Department of Justice, including work on a major-minor prosecution protocol, electronic court briefs, and a court case management system.

Employee Demographics - Alberta
Employees 103
Women 76
Aboriginal Persons 4
Persons with Disabilities 5
Visible Minorities 5
Law Group 55

Atlantic

The Atlantic Regional Office (ARO) carries out the PPSC’s mandate throughout the four Atlantic provinces, each of which has a distinct legal environment. The ARO regional office is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with local offices in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Moncton, New Brunswick. The ARO does not currently maintain an office in Prince Edward Island.

The ARO is comprised of seven different teams. Three General Prosecutions Teams provide drug prosecution services in Halifax, Moncton and St. John’s. More specialized services are delivered throughout the entire region by the Agent Supervision Team, the Economic Crimes Team, the Organized Crime and Proceeds of Crime Team, and the Regulatory Team. Offences under the Fisheries Act, the Migratory Birds Act, the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and organized crime legislation are but a few of the many different types of cases handled by the ARO.

Employee Demographics - Atlantic
Employees 64
Women 42
Aboriginal Persons 1
Persons with Disabilities 2
Visible Minorities 3
Law Group 42

British Columbia

The British Columbia Regional Office (BCRO) is based in Vancouver. Its counsel travel throughout the province, including Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands) and several remote coastal communities.

Prosecutors work on a wide range of files, including those involving drug offences, organized crime, economic crimes, and prosecutions directed towards protecting the environment. PPSC counsel work closely with investigative agencies and often provide pre-charge legal advice. Most recently, the BCRO implemented an online search warrant review project, in an effort to improve the quality of search warrants.

Employee Demographics - British Columbia
Employees 114
Women 80
Aboriginal Persons 7
Persons with Disabilities 3
Visible Minorities 21
Law Group 67

Manitoba

The Manitoba Regional Office provides service to the province of Manitoba. The office is located in Winnipeg, and prosecutors attend more than sixty court locations across the province. Two prosecutors are stationed off-site with the Integrated Proceeds of Crime Unit. All other prosecutors work on both Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) files and regulatory matters.

Approximately 80 % of the files handled in the region relate to the CDSA, ranging from low-complexity matters to highly complex criminal organization conspiracies. The remaining 20% of files are regulatory prosecutions relating to tax, immigration, copyright, and environmental matters.

2010-2011 also saw an investigation and charges laid in a national security matter relating to a terrorism offence.

Employee Demographics- Manitoba
Employees 42
Women 29
Aboriginal Persons 5
Persons with Disabilities 1
Visible Minorities 2
Law Group 23

National Capital

The National Capital Regional Office (NCRO) is based in Ottawa, and is responsible for all federal prosecutions in Eastern Ontario, Northern Ontario, a portion of Central Ontario, and Western Quebec.

The office includes specialized teams focused on drug prosecutions, regulatory prosecutions, anti-terrorism and national security prosecutions, and complex prosecutions involving drug trafficking and related proceeds of crime activities of organized crime groups.

NCRO prosecutors participate in outreach initiatives with local justice partners. Ongoing training is provided to police services in relation to search and seizure issues, wiretap law and disclosure obligations. Prosecutors also work with judges, defence counsel and treatment providers to cooperatively but accountably deal with the issues raised by the conduct of offenders diverted to the specialized drug treatment and mental health courts.

Employee Demographics- National Capital
Employees 70
Women 49
Aboriginal Persons 0
Persons with Disabilities 2
Visible Minorities 4
Law Group 40

Northwest Territories

The Northwest Territories Regional Office (NWTRO) provides prosecution services to the citizens of the Northwest Territories with staff in the regional headquarters in Yellowknife and the local office in Inuvik. Communities throughout the NWT are served through the provision of circuit courts in both Territorial and Supreme Courts. In total, 20 communities are served by circuits.

Last year the NWTRO, along with its community and justice partners, started several innovative initiatives, including the development of closed circuit television for some court appearances, the use of the Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment tool to assist prosecutors in getting a full perspective on those charged with spousal assaults prior to judicial interim release proceedings, and the establishment of the Domestic Violence Treatment Option Court for proceedings against some offenders charged with spousal assaults.

The NWTRO continued to prosecute offences ranging from murder to property crimes and dealt with offenders who comprise a complete cross section of the NWT demographic.

Employee Demographics- NWT
Employees 42
Women 30
Aboriginal Persons 5
Persons with Disabilities 3
Visible Minorities 0
Law Group 19

Nunavut

The PPSC is responsible for the prosecution of all offences under federal and territorial legislation in Nunavut. The Nunavut Regional Office (NRO) is located in Iqaluit, and its prosecutors travel by air to all communities in the territory to conduct prosecutions.

Government agencies in Nunavut face a number of common issues, such as the recruitment and retention of skilled staff. In 2010, the PPSC conducted an extended recruiting program to fill a number of positions in the Iqaluit office. As a result, the NRO was able to hire six counsel ranging from junior to very senior members of the Bar and to fill a number of administrative support positions.

The majority of the work of the NRO is the prosecution of charges under the Criminal Code. Nunavut experiences the highest violent crime rate (per capita) in Canada.

Employee Demographics- Nunavut
Employees 32
Women 21
Aboriginal Persons 7
Persons with Disabilities 3
Visible Minorities 0
Law Group 15

Ontario

The Ontario Regional Office has its headquarters in Toronto, and is responsible for federal prosecutions throughout southern Ontario. Its geographical jurisdiction is marked by the area from Windsor to Trenton, and from Toronto north to Midland and Orillia.

A large proportion of the cases prosecuted in the region deal with offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. More complex cases under that statute, as well as anti-terrorism and counter-proliferation cases involving goods whose exports are controlled, are conducted by the Anti-Organized Crime Team. Other teams, such as the Revenue Unit, carry out regulatory prosecutions, while other prosecutors provide specialized advice to the police in investigations on proceeds of crime and capital market frauds.

Employee Demographics- Ontario
Employees 176
Women 119
Aboriginal Persons 3
Persons with Disabilities 11
Visible Minorities 32
Law Group 117

Quebec

The Quebec Regional Office (QRO) is located in Montreal, with an Integrated Proceeds of Crime unit located in Quebec City. The office is responsible for federal prosecutions throughout Quebec, except for Western Quebec, which is covered by the National Capital Regional Office.

Prosecutors in the QRO deal primarily with large and complex files, particularly related to organized crime, major financial offences, money laundering, terrorism, tax evasion, and border security.

In the area of capital markets fraud, prosecutors provide advice to investigative agencies in addition to conducting prosecutions.

The QRO works collaboratively with Quebec’s Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions in the prosecution of fraud, organized crime, and terrorism offences.

Employee Demographics- Quebec
Employees 95
Women 66
Aboriginal Persons 2
Persons with Disabilities 2
Visible Minorities 8
Law Group 59

Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Regional Office (SRO) is based in Saskatoon. Counsel travel throughout the province and supervise agents to cover over 80 court locations.

Saskatchewan crime rates continue to be the highest of all the southern provinces. An increase in organized crime and gang activity in 2010 also resulted in a higher number of drug and proceeds of crime cases. Economic and regulatory offences also represent a significant portion of the SRO’s cases.

SRO counsel work closely with their provincial counterparts, and with police and investigative agencies across the province. Joint operations include anti-gang initiatives, environmental investigations, and criminal prosecutions under federal and provincial statutes. In addition, cross-border investigations, with other provinces and with the United States, are increasing.

Employee Demographics- Saskatchewan
Employees 27
Women 18
Aboriginal Persons 1
Persons with Disabilities 2
Visible Minorities 1
Law Group 17

Yukon

The Yukon Regional Office (YRO) has its headquarters in Whitehorse and is responsible for all Criminal Code, Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, and other federal prosecutions in the Yukon Territory. In addition to Whitehorse, the YRO covers 12 circuit court locations, including Old Crow, accessible only by air.

In addition to the regular court process, the YRO handled matters that were referred to various First Nations restorative justice programs in the communities. In Whitehorse, the PPSC partnered with local government to develop two specialized courts. The Domestic Violence Treatment Option Court has been operating for ten years in Whitehorse and all domestic assaults are placed in this court for first appearance. The Court offers a therapeutic alternative to the traditional court process, and incorporates group counselling on spousal violence. The Community Wellness Court, also located in Whitehorse, is an alternative treatment-based court for offenders affected by cognitive issues (including Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), mental health issues, and alcohol or drug addiction. The Court provides for a period of treatment and stabilization, with supports to help the offender with housing, education and other areas. The primary focus is on counselling.

Employee Demographics- Yukon
Employees 28
Women 21
Aboriginal Persons 3
Persons with Disabilities 1
Visible Minorities 0
Law Group 12

All PPSC Offices

Employee Demographics - All PPSC Offices
Employees 958
Women 651
Aboriginal Persons 42
Persons with Disabilities 47
Visible Minorities 90
Law Group 505

Files by Offence Type - All PPSC Regional Offices

Files by Offence Type - All PPSC Regional Offices

Files by Offence Type - Regional Offices located in the territories

Files by Offence Type - Regional Offices located in the territories

Files by Offence Type - Regional Offices located in the provinces

Files by Offence Type - Regional Offices located in the provinces

Number of “Low” and “Moderate” Complexity Files over the Past Four Years

Number of Low and Moderate Complexity Files over the Past Four Years

Number of “High” and “Mega” Complexity Files over the Past Four Years

Number of High and Mega Complexity Files over the Past Four Years


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