The Legal Excellence Program - Toronto (PPSC)

Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC) Ontario Regional Office

Summer Student and Articling Positions with the PPSC Ontario Regional Office

Summer and articling students actively participate in the conduct of litigation. You will enjoy the opportunity to work on high-profile cases and in high-pressure situations in the interest of the Canadian public. You may:

  • under supervision, conduct summary conviction trials and sentencing hearings, involving possession of narcotics;
  • assist federal prosecutors in more complex matters in the form of witness interviews, preparation of factums, and general trial preparation; and
  • conduct legal research and participate in writing legal opinions.

Areas of Practice - Public Prosecution Service of Canada

The Toronto Team

Counsel on this team are primarily responsible for conducting all aspects of routine drug prosecutions (possession, trafficking and importing), although other routine cases under various federal statutes are also undertaken. Prosecutors conduct bail hearings, pre-trial conferences, preliminary inquiries, and trials in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Anti-Organized Crime Team

Counsel on this team are responsible for prosecuting complex wiretap cases involving large-scale drug trafficking, drug importing, and organized crime. The team is also responsible for anti-terrorism prosecutions.

Regulatory Team

Counsel on this team are responsible for prosecuting cases of financial crime, primarily in relation to offences under the Income Tax Act, the Excise Tax Act, the Customs Act, and other federal statutes that involve the Canada Revenue Agency or the Canada Border Services Agency.

They are also responsible for the prosecution of offences under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. These offences generally concern human trafficking and people smuggling, as well as offences associated with false documents, such as passport fraud.

In addition, this team is responsible for the prosecution of complex regulatory offences under various federal statutes, including: Canada Elections Act, Canada Labour Code, Canadian Environmental Protection Act, Corruption of Foreign Officials Act, Export and Import Permits Act, Health of Animals Act, Security of Information Act, Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, and the United Nations Act.

Brampton Regional Office

Counsel are responsible for conducting all aspects of drug prosecutions in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Brampton. Pearson International Airport is under the jurisdiction of the Brampton Courthouse, therefore importing cases comprise a large amount of the work performed by this team. Summer and articling students may have opportunities to work with this team.


Counsel in the Ontario Regional Office (including the Brampton Regional Office) have the opportunity to work on appeals and appear as counsel before the Ontario Court of Appeal.

How to Apply

Applications, including cover letter, résumé, law school transcripts and anticipated upper year courses may be submitted by post, email and the viRecruit Portal ( prior to the deadline prescribed by the Law Society of Ontario.

The PPSC follows the Law Society's procedures governing the recruitment of articling and summer students. 

The PPSC is committed to maintaining a workforce representative of Canadian society. In support of achieving a diversified workforce and their employment equity goals, qualified candidates who self-declare in a staffing process as members of Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and/or women may be selected for appointment to fulfill organizational needs.

Preference will be given to Canadian citizens.


Articling students are subject to the regulations and benefits governing term employees of the Government of Canada. This includes vacation leave, the availability of flexible work arrangements, ongoing professional development opportunities and a comprehensive benefits package.


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