Judges’ Salaries and Benefits

An independent body, the Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission, reviews the remuneration of superior court judges every four years and files a report with the federal government recommending salary increases or improved benefits. This arms-length process prevents the government from arbitrarily changing judges’ salaries and benefits and serves to protect the independence of the judiciary. The CSCJA and the Canadian Judicial Council file joint submissions to the commission setting out the judiciary’s position on salaries and benefits. The latest submission (PDF) is available on the commission’s website.