Supreme Court of Canada (Case Law)
Reference re Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, 2021 SCC 11
 In 2018, Parliament enacted the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, S.C. 2018, c. 12, s. 186 (“GGPPA ”). Three provinces challenged the constitutionality of the GGPPA by references to their respective courts of appeal. The question divided the courts. In split decisions, the courts of appeal for Saskatchewan and Ontario held that the GGPPA is constitutional,...
R. v. R.V., 2021 SCC 10
 A jury renders inconsistent verdicts when it finds an accused both guilty and not guilty of the same conduct. The respondent, R.V., alleges that happened here. R.V. was charged with historical sexual offences against a single complainant. He was tried before a judge and jury. The jury convicted him of sexual interference under s. 151 of the Criminal Code, R.S.C. 19
R. v. Esseghaier, 2021 SCC 9
 In 1985, Parliament enacted s. 686(1) (b)(iv) of the Criminal Code, R.S.C. 1985, c. C‑46 , to allow courts of appeal to uphold a conviction where, despite a procedural irregularity at trial, the “trial court had jurisdiction over the class of offence” and the court of appeal was of the opinion that “the appellant suffered no prejudice” as a result of the error (Crim
- R. v. W.O., 2021 SCC 8
Wastech Services Ltd. v. Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District, 2021 SCC 7
 This appeal raises the issue of whether a common law duty of good faith performance applies in a long-term contract for waste removal in the greater Vancouver region. More specifically, it bears on how principles of good faith might preclude what one scholar has called the “abuse of contractual discretionary powers” (J. D. McCamus, The Law of Contracts (3rd ed. 202
R. v. T.J.M., 2021 SCC 6
 The narrow issue before us is this: does a justice of a superior court of criminal jurisdiction have jurisdiction to hear and adjudicate an application for judicial interim release of a young person charged with an offence listed in s. 469 of the Criminal Code, R.S.C. 1985, c. C‑46 ? And, if so, (1) under what circumstances? and (2) is such jurisdiction exclusive,
- R. v. Waterman, 2021 SCC 5
- R. v. Murtaza, 2021 SCC 4
- R. v. Deslauriers, 2021 SCC 3
- R. v. Yusuf, 2021 SCC 2
- Armstrong v. Ward, 2021 SCC 1
C.M. Callow Inc. v. Zollinger, 2020 SCC 45
 This appeal concerns a clause in a commercial winter maintenance agreement that permitted the clients to terminate the contract unilaterally, without cause, upon giving the contractor 10 days’ notice. The dispute does not turn on whether the clause represented a fair bargain between the parties. There is also no issue about the meaning of the termination clause....
Resolute FP Canada Inc. v. Hydro-Québec, 2020 SCC 43
 In 2011, the appellant, Resolute FP Canada Inc. (“Resolute”) — a forest products company — received an unexpected electricity bill. The respondent Hydro‑Québec, relying on a clause of a power contract dating from 1926, sought to significantly increase the price of electricity purchased from it by Resolute, citing taxes or charges Hydro‑Québec paid to the Quebec...
- R. v. Cortes Rivera, 2020 SCC 44
- R. v. W.M., 2020 SCC 42
- CO-Operators General Insurance Co. v. Sollio Groupe Coopératif, 2020 SCC 41
- R. v. Mehari, 2020 SCC 40
- R. v. Delmas, 2020 SCC 39
Ontario (Attorney General) v. G, 2020 SCC 38
 People with mental illnesses face persistent stigma and prejudicial treatment in Canadian society, which has imposed profound and widespread social, political, and legal disadvantage on them. In particular, discriminatory perceptions that those with mental illnesses are inherently and indefinitely dangerous persist. These perceptions have served to support some of
Hydro-Québec v. Matta, 2020 SCC 37
 Electricity is increasingly ubiquitous in our lives today . . . and in our land registers.
- R. v. Slatter, 2020 SCC 36
1688782 Ontario Inc. v. Maple Leaf Foods Inc., 2020 SCC 35
 This appeal is brought by 1688782 Ontario Inc., a former franchisee of Mr. Submarine Limited (“Mr. Sub”) and the class representative of 424 other Mr. Sub franchisees (“appellant” or “Mr. Sub franchisees”). The appellant says that class members were affected by the decision of the respondents (collectively, “Maple Leaf Foods”) to recall meat products that had been...
- R. v. Kishayinew, 2020 SCC 34
- R. v. Langan, 2020 SCC 33
Quebec (Attorney General) v. 9147-0732 Québec inc., 2020 SCC 32
 This appeal requires this Court to decide whether s. 12 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects corporations from cruel and unusual treatment or punishment. Like our colleagues, we conclude that it does not, because corporations lie beyond s. 12 ’s protective scope. Simply put, the text “cruel and unusual” denotes protection that “only human...
- R. v. Riley, 2020 SCC 31
Desjardins Financial Services Firm Inc. v. Asselin, 2020 SCC 30
 With the greatest respect for the contrary view, I agree with the Court of Appeal’s decision to authorize the class action proposed by the respondent, both against Desjardins Financial Services Firm Inc. (“Firm”) and against Desjardins Global Asset Management Inc. (“Management”). In my respectful opinion, the Superior Court judge erred in dismissing the Re‑amended...
Owners, Strata Plan LMS 3905 v. Crystal Square Parking Corp., 2020 SCC 29
 The narrow question raised by this appeal concerns the enforceability of a payment obligation in relation to parking rights provided for in an instrument that is registered on title. In answering this narrow question, however, the Court must consider more fundamental legal questions related to the distinction between property rights and contractual rights, general
Fraser v. Canada (Attorney General), 2020 SCC 28
 In 1970, the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada set out a galvanic blueprint for redressing the legal, economic, social and political barriers to full and fair participation faced by Canadian women for generations. Many of the inequities it identified have been spectacularly reversed, and the result has been enormous progressive change for women in...
- R. v. Reilly, 2020 SCC 27