Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada announces a judicial appointment to the Tax Court of Canada

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Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada announces a judicial appointment to the Tax Court of Canada

October 24, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Justice Canada

The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment under the judicial application process established in 2016. This process emphasizes transparency, merit, and the diversity of the Canadian population, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.

Anick Pelletier, Assistant Deputy Minister, Tax Law Services Portfolio, at Justice Canada in Ottawa, is appointed a judge of the Tax Court of Canada. Justice Pelletier replaces Justice J. D’Auray, who resigned effective April 4, 2022.


“I wish Justice Pelletier every success as she takes on her new role. I am confident she will serve Canadians well as a member of the Tax Court of Canada.”

–The Hon. David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada


Justice Pelletier was born and raised in Marieville, on the South Shore of Montreal. In 1989, she began studying Law at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Civil Law. She obtained her Licentiate in Civil Law and went on to complete a master’s degree. Her thesis addressed bankruptcy in an international context. She was called to the Barreau du Québec in 1993.

Justice Pelletier has had a long career at Justice Canada. She first made her mark as a litigator, conducting litigation in areas such as bankruptcy and insolvency, administrative law, Crown liability and tax collection. Her experience in tax law resulted in her handling complex Indigenous tax cases. She then held various management positions with a significant law management component in the Quebec Regional Office. In 2008, she made the jump to the department’s Tax Law Services Portfolio as an Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, the position that she held until she was appointed to Deputy Assistant Deputy Attorney General of the National Litigation Sector in 2019. In March 2022, she returned to the department’s Tax Law Services Portfolio, this time as Assistant Deputy Minister, the position that she held when she was appointed.

Throughout her career, Justice Pelletier has lectured as part of the Barreau du Québec’s training activities. She has also mentored students from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Civil Law who were participating in the Pierre-Basil Mignault Moot Court Competition.

Justice Pelletier and her spouse are parents of two successful young adults, one of whom is the father of a lovely boy. She enjoys travelling, fine dining and getting together with family and friends.

Quick facts

  • At the Superior Court level, more than 565 judges have been appointed since November 2015. These exceptional jurists represent the diversity that strengthens Canada. Of these judges, more than half are women, and appointments reflect an increased representation of visible minorities, Indigenous, 2SLGBTQI+, and those who self-identify as having a disability.

  • The Government of Canada is committed to promoting access to justice for all Canadians. To improve outcomes for Canadian families, Budget 2018 provides funding of $77.2 million over four years to support the expansion of unified family courts, beginning in 2019-2020. This investment in the family justice system will create 39 new judicial positions in Alberta, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • Federal judicial appointments are made by the Governor General, acting on the advice of the federal Cabinet and recommendations from the Minister of Justice.

  • The Judicial Advisory Committees across Canada play a key role in evaluating judicial applications. There are 17 Judicial Advisory Committees, with each province and territory represented.

  • Significant reforms to the role and structure of the Judicial Advisory Committees, aimed at enhancing the independence and transparency of the process, were announced on October 20, 2016.

  • The Government of Canada is committed to promoting a justice system in which sexual assault matters are decided fairly, without the influence of myths and stereotypes, and in which survivors are treated with dignity and compassion. Changes to the Judges Act and Criminal Code that came into force on May 6, 2021, mean that in order to be eligible for appointment to a provincial superior court, candidates must agree to participate in continuing education on matters related to sexual assault law and social context, which includes systemic racism and systemic discrimination. The new legislation enhances the transparency of decisions by amending the Criminal Code to require that judges provide written reasons, or enter them into the record, when deciding sexual assault matters.


For more information, media may contact:

Chantalle Aubertin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Justice

Media Relations
Department of Justice Canada

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