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Financial Highlights

($ thousands)
Condensed Statement of Financial Position
At End of Year (March 31, 2009)
% Change 2009 2008
Total Assets -44% 454,622 806,721
Total -44% 454,622 806,721
Total Liabilities -38% 546,359 875,848
Total Equity 33% (91,737) (69,127)
Total -44% 454,622 806,721

($ millions)
Condensed Statement of Financial Position
At End of Year (March 31, 2009)
% Change 2009 2008
Total Expenses 7% 1,008,278 945,510
Total Revenues 9% 242,345 222,494
Net Cost of Operations 6% 765,933 723,016

Total assets were approximately $455 million at the end of 2008-09, a 44% decrease over the previous year’s total. Due from the Consolidated Revenue Fund comprised of 88% of total assets at approximately $398 million. Tangible capital assets represented approximately $37 million (8%) while receivables and advances represented approximately 4% of total assets.

Assets by Type

The Department’s total revenues amounted to approximately $242 million for 2008-09; a 9% increase from 2007-08. Ninety seven percent of DoJ’s revenue was derived from Services to government while the remaining 3% were derived from Justice Policies, laws and programs.

Revenues by Program Activity

Total liabilities were $546 million at the end of 2008-09, a 38% decrease from the previous year’s total. Transfer payment payable represents the largest portion of liabilities at $351 million or 64% of total liabilities.

Liabilities by Type

Total expenses for DoJ were $1,008 million in 2008-09. Sixty percent of funds were spent on Services to government while Justice policies, laws and programs represented 40% of total expenses.

Expenses by Program Activity

List of Supplementary Information Tables

All electronic supplementary information tables found in the 2008-09 Departmental Performance Report can be found on the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat’s Web site at:

  • Table 1: Sources of Respendable and Non-Respendable Revenue
  • Table 2: User Fees/External Fees
  • Table 3: Details on Transfer Payment Programs (TPPs)
  • Table 4: Horizontal Initiatives
  • Table 5: Sustainable Development Strategy
  • Table 6: Green Procurement
  • Table 7: Response to Parliamentary Committees and External Audits
  • Table 8: Internal Audits and Evaluations

Other Items of Interest

The following information is available on the Department of Justice Web site:

Canada's System of Justice:

Canada’s Consolidated Statutes and Regulations:

Department of Justice Organizational Chart:

Department of Justice Programs and Initiatives:

Key Publications:

Careers at Justice:

3.2 List of Tables

The following tables are located on the Treasury Board Secretariat website:

  • Sources of Respendable and Non-Respendable Revenue
  • User Fees / External Fees
  • Details on Project Spending
  • Status Report on Major Crown Projects
  • Details on Transfer Payment Programs (TPPs)
  • Up-Front Multi-Year Funding
  • Horizontal Initiatives
  • Sustainable Development Strategy
  • Green Procurement
  • Response to Parliamentary Committees and External Audits
  • Internal Audits and Evaluations

Contact Information

Public Inquiries:
Communications Branch
Telephone: 613-957-4222
TDD/TTY: 613-992-4556
Fax: 613-954-0811

Media Inquiries:
Communications Branch
Telephone: 613-957-4207
Fax: 613-954-0811

1 The planned spending of $897 million as reported in the 2008-09 RPP erroneously included estimated client recoveries of $178.0 million that the Department was authorized to collect from client departments under the Net Voting Authority granted by the Treasury Board. These amounts should not have been included in the Department’s planned spending identified in the RPP as they are already portrayed in the estimates and actual expenditures of client departments. In total, client recoveries amounted to $200.5 million. In calculating the actual expenditures of $737.1 million as reported in the Public Accounts, the cost recoveries from client departments were netted out (i.e., deducted).

2 The associated costs of the additional FTEs were recovered from clients through the Net Voting Regime.

3 Source: Department of Justice. Public confidence in the Canadian criminal justice system is measured via the National Justice Survey. In 2008, the National Justice Survey’s data suggested that 70% of Canadians have a high or moderate confidence level in the adult criminal justice system while 59% of Canadians have a high or moderate confidence level in the youth criminal justice system.

4 Source: International Institute for Management Development, World Competitiveness Survey. The World Competitiveness Survey rated all countries on the question of whether “justice is fairly administered.” In the past five years, Canada’s rank has fluctuated between 6th and 14th among a total of 55 countries. The latest ranking (in 2008) was 10th.

5 Implementation of National Anti-Drug Strategy is done in partnership with Health Canada, Public Safety Canada, Public Prosecution Service of Canada, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada Border Services Agency, Correctional Service of Canada, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Public Health Agency of Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada and Canada Revenue Agency

6 Actual expenditures include amounts for employee benefits plans (approximately 17% of total salary costs).

7 Source: Department of Justice, Over the past three years, the Department has administered a comprehensive client feedback survey across 37 federal departments and agencies. In total, 6,482 public servants at the EX minus two through Deputy Head levels have responded. The survey uses a 10 point scale to obtain client feedback on the accessibility/responsiveness, timeliness and usefulness of legal services, with 8.0 representing a very positive opinion of the quality of legal service delivery.

8 Actual expenditures include amounts for employee benefits plans (approximately 17% of total salary costs).

9 In total, the net vote revenues recovered from client department in 2007-08 were $182 million and in 2008-09 they were $200.5 million.

10 For more information on the Clerk of the Privy Council’s 2008-09 Renewal Action Plan, please consult the following Webpage:

11 Source: Uniform Crime Reporting Survey, Statistics Canada, 2008

12 Sources: Statistics Canada, Police expenditures 2007 CANSIM2, Prosecution costs 2002-03, Prosecutions Personnel and Expenditure Survey, court costs 2002-03 Courts Personnel and Expenditures Survey, Legal aid costs: 2007 Table 258-0002 CANSIM2, Adult correction costs 2007-08, Youth correction costs: estimated based on the information for youth correction expenditure between 1994-95 and 1998-99, Justice Spending in Canada 2000-01, Population 2007-08.

13 Source: Adult Criminal Court Survey, 2000-01 and 2006-07 Statistics Canada. NB. The completeness of the data varies over time. In 2000-01 the data included 10 jurisdictions (excluding Manitoba, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.) In 2006-07 the data included all jurisdictions (98% of all criminal courts).


15 Data regarding the provincial legal aid program is only available at the end of the calendar year for the previous fiscal year. As a result, estimates using previous year’s data were developed.

16 For additional information on the AJS, please consult:

17 For additional information on the ACW, please consult:

18 The Federal Ombudsman tables reports to Parliament through the Minister of Justice. The Department of Justice provides corporate services to the Office. For further information regarding the Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, please consult

19 A number of litigation files do not have a risk level and are either labelled “unable to asses” or “have not yet been evaluated.” Figures exclude these files.

20 For additional information, please consult

21 Citizenship, Immigration and Public Safety (CIPS) Portfolio changed its name to Public Safety, Defence and Immigration (PSDI) on July 30, 2009. The change reflects the Portfolio's expanded mandate. It now provides advice in the area of defence as well as security and immigration and its clients include the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces and the Communications Security Establishment.

22 This special initiative includes the active involvement of departmental staff from across a number of organizational units. Oversight and integration of the Department’s activities in support of this horizontal, government initiative have been delegated to the ADAG, Citizenship, Immigration and Public Safety Portfolio who is supported by an Advisory Steering Committee.