Careers

A fulfilling career awaits you at the Tax Court of Canada

 

Overview section

The Court requires registry and judicial services in order to function properly. There are many employees working behind the scenes to ensure judges can do their work as effectively as possible. When you work at the Tax Court of Canada, you see first-hand how your work affects Canadians every day.

There are two main branches you could work in: the registry services and the judicial services. In the registry, the positions are mostly support clerks, registry officers and hearings coordinators. The judicial services positions mostly include judicial assistants and law clerks.

Natasha, Hearings Coordinator - The Tax Court of Canada offers a lot of opportunity for professional growth. I started my career with the court as a Support Clerk and in three years worked my way up to a Hearings Coordinator, the best job I’ve had. What I love most about my job is getting to interact with lawyers, judges, litigants and the public on a daily basis. It is a great way to build relationships and learn from a diverse group of people with different skills and backgrounds. The environment at the court is one of continuous learning and encourages communication and asking questions. It is a great place for anyone looking to grow within an organization, motivated to learn and develop new skills.

Ayesha, Senior Registry Officer - I’ve had the joy of working for Tax Court for over 5 years now, and I’m incredibly happy with the experiences that I’ve had. I love being able to work for the public service in a way that interacts with both the public and the judicial branch. Since starting as a student, I’ve had numerous opportunities to grow and develop myself professionally. I work with a great team that gives me the freedom to explore and implement new ideas. I’ve grown so much since I started here, and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead!

Abeer, Judicial Assistant - Working for the TCC, my initial thoughts were that it was a well oiled machine, it runs smoothly thanks to the large number of staff, clerks, registry officers, hearings coordinators, judicial assistants, management and more. The opportunity to work with a wide variety of members within the judicial system from the judges, to the lawyers, the law clerks, to the assistants is a valuable learning experience, one that provides you with a variety of new skills. There is so much opportunity to work in different capacities and learn something new with managers that will help you achieve your goals.

Chanel, General Support Services Clerk - Working as a General Support Services Clerk at the Tax Court of Canada provides consistent opportunities for personal and professional growth. We are encouraged by management to provide input and share ideas, which has contributed to a positive and inclusive workplace. Our collaborative work environment is my favourite aspect of my job as it promotes a strong team dynamic and allows us to support one another at every level in the Registry. I enjoy my position with CAS and recommend it to anyone seeking new challenges in a career that places high value on the overall well-being and development of their employees.

Andrew, Law Clerk - A clerkship at the Tax Court of Canada is an opportunity to move your career in the direction that you want. Whether that’s in tax litigation, tax planning, a corporate-commercial practice or public sector work, clerking here means you’ll work with and learn under some of the brightest minds in tax law from across the country.

Elizabeth, Law Clerk - A clerkship at the TCC will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the practice of tax law while honing your critical thinking, problem solving, and legal writing skills. Nowhere else will you have to opportunity to work directly with judges on emerging critical issues in tax law at the time. The TCC is dedicated to ensuring that the clerkship opportunity provides continuing education in the form of varied work, an annual internal moot, and educational seminars lead by some of the leading minds in the practice. If you are interested in pursuing a career in tax, you should seriously consider a clerkship with the TCC.

Marci, Registry Officer - It’s the people who make for a great work environment, and since I started as a Registry Officer at the Tax Court of Canada a few months ago, everyone I’ve met has been friendly, helpful and professional. When an unfamiliar issue arises, there is always someone around to coach me through solving it. The job itself is always interesting, with a wide variety of documents, procedures, legislation and personalities to navigate every day. We receive appeals from individuals and companies who are disputing Canada Revenue Agency decisions, so we really are a court for all Canadians.

Brittany, Law Clerk - One of the biggest highlights of my clerkship experience has been learning about all the different options for practising tax law in Canada. The lawyers and judges who present at our seminars all have diverse professional backgrounds and areas of expertise. In addition to teaching us about substantive legal matters, the presenters also offer us valuable insight into their areas of practice.

Jobs Open to the General Public section

External recruitment is coordinated centrally by the Public Service Commission. Whether you are a student or an experienced professional, the PSC site will provide you with details on the various employment opportunities and programs in the Public Service. When searching for opportunities at the Court, you must select ‘Courts Administration Service’ as the ‘GC Organization’ on the job search page.

Jobs Open to Public Servants section

Vacancies advertised on GCintranet are open to public servants and can be viewed only by those currently working in the public service. This site provides a list of all jobs open to public servants in all federal government departments and in some agencies and crown corporations. In most cases, you can submit your application on-line. When searching for opportunities at the Court, you must select ‘Courts Administration Service’ as the ‘GC Organization’ on the job search page.

Law Clerk Program section

A clerkship at the Tax Court of Canada (TCC) is a unique and invaluable experience for lawyers and law students committed to practicing tax law. TCC law clerks work with all the judges of the court and are exposed to a broad variety of subjects. They prepare legal opinions (pre-trial memorandums, post-trial memorandums), research specific legal questions, review and comment on draft reasons for judgment, attend hearings in Ottawa and often get a chance to travel with judges to attend hearings all over the country.

About 20 seminars are organised for the law clerks each year where judges from the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Tax Court of Canada and leading lawyers come to present various topics. A non-exhaustive list of these topics includes Pre-Appeal Dispute Stages, Taxation of Owner-Managed Companies 101, Settlement Conferences, Oil and Gas 101, Marshalling and Presenting your Case, Cross Border Financing, Negotiating Tax Treaties, Transfer Pricing Disputes, Life at the Supreme Court of Canada and the road to get there, and many others.

Every year, a job fair is also organised specifically for the TCC law clerks where law firms, the Department of Justice, the Department of Finance and the Canada Revenue Agency come to present their work environment and answer questions. This is a tailored & unique event allowing the law clerks to learn about the different career opportunities surrounding tax law in Canada.

Application for Clerkship 2022 - 2023 (PDF version)

Notes

Certain law societies recognize the service of the law clerks as fulfilling all or part of their articling requirements. Candidates should verify this with the law society of the jurisdiction in which they will seek admission to practice.

A pool of qualified candidates may be established as a result of this selection process. The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages you to indicate voluntarily on your application if you are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.

The Public Service of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing (including interview), you should advise us in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

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