Federal Court of Appeal (Canada)

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Federal Court of Appeal
Established 2007
Country  Canada
Location Ottawa, Ontario
Authorized by Constitution Act, 1867, Federal Courts Act & Courts Administration Service Act
No. of positions 12
Website cas-cdc-www02.cas-satj.gc.ca/fca-caf/
Chief Justice
Currently Marc Noël
Since October 17, 2014

The Federal Court of Appeal (French: Cour d'appel fédérale) is a Canadian appellate court that hears cases concerning federal matters.


The court was created on July 2, 2003, by the Courts Administration Service Act when it and the Federal Court were split from its predecessor, the Federal Court of Canada.


The Federal Court of Appeal hears appeals from the Federal Court, Tax Court of Canada, and certain federal tribunals, as well as applications for judicial review from certain other federal tribunals.[1]

Salaries are determined annually by the Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission. The Chief Justice receives $315,900 while other judges earn $288,100 annually.[2]

Notable decisions[edit]

In April 2014, the court ruled in favour of the Métis people in a case involving extending protections to Aboriginal peoples in Canada who lived off-reserve.[3]

In September 2015, the court dismissed an appeal by the Government of Canada over a ruling by the Federal Court that found a rule banning the Niqāb at citizenship ceremonies to be unconstitutional.[4]

In August 2018, the court rejected the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline on the basis that the National Energy Board's (NEB) process and findings were "so flawed that the Governor in Council could not reasonably rely on the Board’s report"[5] and that "the Government of Canada failed to fulfill the legal duty to consult Indigenous peoples"[5].


Judges of the Federal Court of Canada, July 3, 2003 – Present
Name Puisne Justice Chief Justice Left office Elevated to Supreme Court Supernumerary
On creation Elevated from Federal Court Elevated from Tax Court Other background
Marc Noël October 17, 2014
Arthur J. Stone November 19, 2004
Barry L. Strayer May 1, 2004
Alice Desjardins August 11, 2009
Julius A. Isaac July 18, 2003
Gilles Létourneau December 31, 2012
Marshall E. Rothstein March 9, 2006
Marc Nadon
John D. Richard July 3, 2003 July 30, 2009
J. Edgar Sexton October 28, 2011
John Maxwell Evans December 31, 2012
J.D. Denis Pelletier
Brian D. Malone September 27, 2007
Karen Sharlow September 30, 2014
C. Michael Ryer October 26, 2006,[6] December 12, 2014[7] December 27, 2009
Johanne Trudel April 26, 2007[8]
Pierre Blais February 20, 2008 September 22, 2009 June 23, 2014
David Stratas December 11, 2009[9]
Eleanor Dawson December 28, 2009
Robert Mainville June 18, 2010 June 30, 2014
Johanne Gauthier October 21, 2011
Wyman Webb October 5, 2012
David Near February 8, 2013
André F.J. Scott January 31, 2014
Richard Boivin April 11, 2014
Donald J. Rennie February 27, 2015
Yves de Montigny June 26, 2015
Mary J.L. Gleason June 26, 2015
Judith Woods June 16, 2016
John B. Laskin June 21, 2017[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Federal Courts Act - R.S.C., 1985, c. F-7 (Section 27)
  2. ^ Judges Act - R.S.C., 1985, c. J-1 (Section 10)
  3. ^ "Court of Appeal upholds landmark ruling on rights of Métis". CBC News. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  4. ^ "Court dismisses federal appeal over niqab at citizenship ceremonies". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  5. ^ a b Federal Court of Appeal (2018-08-30). "Executive Summary of Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project" (PDF). Federal Court of Appeal. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-08-30. Retrieved 2018-08-30. 
  6. ^ Partner at Bennett Jones
  7. ^ Counsel at Deloitte Tax Law LLP before being reappointed
  8. ^ Superior Court of Quebec
  9. ^ Lawyer at Heenan Blaikie LLP
  10. ^ Lawyer at Torys LLP

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