Cases in Brief

Cases in Brief are short summaries of the Court’s written decisions drafted in reader-friendly language, so that anyone interested can learn about the decisions that affect their lives. They are prepared by communications staff of the Supreme Court of Canada. They do not form part of the Court’s reasons for judgment and are not for use in legal proceedings.

2020

Date Case Name Case No. Neutral Citation
November 20, 2020 Ontario (Attorney General) v. G 38585 2020 SCC 38
November 13, 2020 Hydro-Québec v. Matta 38254 2020 SCC 37
November 6, 2020 1688782 Ontario Inc. v. Maple Leaf Foods Inc. 38187 2020 SCC 35
November 5, 2020 Quebec (Attorney General) v. 9147-0732 Québec inc. 38613 2020 SCC 32
October 30, 2020 Desjardins Financial Services Firm Inc. v. Asselin 37898 2020 SCC 30
October 23, 2020 Owners, Strata Plan LMS 3905 v. Crystal Square Parking Corp. 38741 2020 SCC 29
October 16, 2020 Fraser v. Canada (Attorney General) 38505 2020 SCC 28
October 9, 2020 Matthews v. Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd. 38252 2020 SCC 26
October 2, 2020 Chandos Construction Ltd. v. Deloitte Restructuring Inc. 38571 2020 SCC 25
September 18, 2020 Michel v. Graydon 38498 2020 SCC 24
September 10, 2020 Bent v. Platnick 38374 2020 SCC 23
September 10, 2020 1704604 Ontario Ltd. v. Pointes Protection Association 38376 2020 SCC 22
July 31, 2020 British Columbia (Attorney General) v. Provincial Court Judges’ Association of British Columbia
Nova Scotia (Attorney General) v. Judges of the Provincial Court and Family Court of Nova Scotia
Footnote 1
38381
38459
2020 SCC 20
2020 SCC 21
July 24, 2020 Atlantic Lottery Corp. Inc.v. Babstock 38521 2020 SCC 19
July 17, 2020 R. v. Thanabalasingham 37984 2020 SCC 18
July 10, 2020 Reference re Genetic Non-Discrimination Act 38478 2020 SCC 17
June 26, 2020 Uber Technologies Inc. v. Heller 38534 2020 SCC 16
June 19, 2020 Toronto-Dominion Bank v. Young 38242 2020 SCC 15
June 18, 2020 R. v. Zora 38540 2020 SCC 14
June 12, 2020 Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique v. British Columbia 38332 2020 SCC 13
May 29, 2020 R. v. Ahmad 38165
38304
2020 SCC 11
May 8, 2020 9354-9186 Québec inc. v. Callidus Capital Corp. 38594 2020 SCC 10
April 2, 2020 R. v. Friesen 38300 2020 SCC 9
March 27, 2020 R. v. Chung 38739 2020 SCC 8
March 20, 2020 R. v. K.G.K. 38532 2020 SCC 7
March 13, 2020 MacDonald v. Canada 38320 2020 SCC 6
February 28, 2020 Nevsun Resources Ltd. v. Araya 37919 2020 SCC 5
February 21, 2020 Newfoundland and Labrador (Attorney General) v. Uashaunnuat (Innu of Uashat and of Mani-Utenam) 37912 2020 SCC 4

2019

Date Case Name Case No. Neutral Citation
December 20, 2019 Canada Post Corp. v. Canadian Union of Postal Workers 37787 2019 SCC 67
December 19, 2019 The Standard of Review (taken from Vavilov in the “Administrative Law Trilogy”) (Case Law in Brief)
37748
37896
37897
2019 SCC 65
2019 SCC 66

Bell Canada v. Canada (Attorney General)

37896
37897
2019 SCC 66
Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) v. Vavilov 37748 2019 SCC 65
December 13, 2019 Canada (Attorney General) v. British Columbia Investment Management Corp. 38059 2019 SCC 63
December 12, 2019 Yared v. Karam 38089 2019 SCC 62
December 11, 2019 International Air Transport Association v. Instrubel, N.V. (written dissenting reasons issued on May 1, 2020) 38562 2019 SCC 61
December 6, 2019 Resolute FP Canada Inc. v. Ontario (Attorney General) 37895 2019 SCC 60
November 29, 2019 Kosoian v. Société de transport de Montréal 38012 2019 SCC 59
November 28, 2019 Desgagnés Transport Inc. v. Wärtsilä Canada Inc. 37873 2019 SCC 58
November 22, 2019 Montréal (Ville) v. Octane Stratégie inc. 38066
38073
2019 SCC 57
November 15, 2019 R. v. K.J.M. 38292 2019 SCC 55
November 14, 2019 R. v. Javanmardi 38188 2019 SCC 54
November 8, 2019 R. v. Rafilovich 37791 2019 SCC 51
October 31, 2019 Threlfall v. Carleton University 37893 2019 SCC 50
October 25, 2019 R.S. v. P.R. 37861 2019 SCC 49
October 11, 2019 R. v. Poulin 37994 2019 SCC 47
October 4, 2019 Fleming v. Ontario 38087 2019 SCC 45
September 27, 2019 Denis v. Côté 38114 2019 SCC 44
September 26, 2019 Keatley Surveying Ltd. v. Teranet Inc. 37863 2019 SCC 43
September 26, 2019 Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique v. British Columbia (Case Pre-Brief) 38332 n/a
September 25, 2019 R. v. K.G.K. (Case Pre-Brief) 38532 n/a
September 20, 2019 Pioneer Corp. v. Godfrey 37809
37810
2019 SCC 42
July 31, 2019 R. v. R.V. 38286 2019 SCC 41
July 26, 2019 R. v. Stillman 37701
38308
2019 SCC 40
July 5, 2019 R. v. Penunsi 38004 2019 SCC 39
June 28, 2019 R. v. Goldfinch 38270 2019 SCC 38
June 27, 2019 1068754 Alberta Ltd. v. Québec (Agence du revenu) 37999 2019 SCC 37
June 7, 2019 L’Oratoire Saint Joseph du Mont Royal v. J.J. 37855 2019 SCC 35
May 31, 2019 R. v. Le 37971 2019 SCC 34
May 24, 2019 R. v. Barton 37769 2019 SCC 33
May 16, 2019 Bessette v. British Columbia (Attorney General) 37790 2019 SCC 31
May 10, 2019 Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness) v. Chhina 37770 2019 SCC 29
May 3, 2019 Modern Cleaning Concept Inc. v. Comité paritaire 37813 2019 SCC 28
April 18, 2019 R. v. Mills 37518 2019 SCC 22
April 12, 2019 J.W. v. Canada (Attorney General) 37725 2019 SCC 20
April 4, 2019 TELUS Communications Inc. v. Wellman 37722 2019 SCC 19
March 28, 2019 R. v. Myers 37869 2019 SCC 18
March 15, 2019 R. v. Morrison 37687 2019 SCC 15
February 28, 2019 Salomon v. Matte-Thompson 37537 2019 SCC 14
February 22, 2019 Barer v. Knight Brothers LLC 37594 2019 SCC 13
February 14, 2019 R. v. Jarvis 37833 2019 SCC 10
February 8, 2019 R. v. Bird 37596 2019 SCC 7
February 1, 2019 R. v. Calnen 37707 2019 SCC 6
January 31, 2019 Orphan Well Association v. Grant Thornton Ltd. 37627 2019 SCC 5
January 25, 2019 S.A. v. Metro Vancouver Housing Corp. 37551 2019 SCC 4
January 11, 2019 Frank v. Canada (Attorney General) 36645 2019 SCC 1

2018

Date Case Name Case No. Neutral Citation
December 14, 2018 R. v. Boudreault 37427
37774
37782
37783
2018 SCC 58
December 13, 2018 R. v. Reeves 37676 2018 SCC 56
December 7, 2018 Brunette v. Legault Joly Thiffault 37566 2018 SCC 55
December 6, 2018 R. v. Cyr-Langlois 37760 2018 SCC 54
November 30, 2018 R. v. Vice Media Canada Inc. 37574 2018 SCC 53
November 23, 2018 Moore v. Sweet 37546 2018 SCC 52
November 16, 2018 Mazraani v. Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. 37642 2018 SCC 50
November 9, 2018 Reference re Pan-Canadian Securities Regulation 37613 2018 SCC 48
November 2, 2018 Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corp. v. Hydro-Québec 37238 2018 SCC 46
October 26, 2018 R. v. Awashish 37207 2018 SCC 45
October 26, 2018 R. v. Gubbins 37395
37403
2018 SCC 44
October 19, 2018 3091-5177 Québec inc. (Éconolodge Aéroport) v. Lombard General Insurance Co. of Canada 37421
37422
2018 SCC 43
October 11, 2018 Mikisew Cree First Nation v. Canada (Governor General in Council) 37441 2018 SCC 40
October 5, 2018 Chagnon v. Syndicat de la fonction publique et parapublique du Québec 37543 2018 SCC 39
September 14, 2018 Rogers Communications Inc. v. Voltage Pictures, LLC 37679 2018 SCC 38
July 20, 2018 R. v. Brassington 37476 2018 SCC 37
July 13, 2018 British Columbia v. Philip Morris International, Inc. 37524 2018 SCC 36
July 6, 2018 Lorraine (Ville) v. 2646-8926 Québec inc. 37381 2018 SCC 35
June 29, 2018 R. v. Suter 37247 2018 SCC 34
June 15, 2018 Law Society of British Columbia v. Trinity Western University
Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada
Footnote 2
37318
37209
2018 SCC 32
2018 SCC 33
June 14, 2018 Canada (Canadian Human Rights Commission) v. Canada (Attorney General) 37208 2018 SCC 31
June 13, 2018 Ewert v. Canada (Correctional Service) 37233 2018 SCC 30
June 8, 2018 Montréal (Ville) v. Lonardi 37184 2018 SCC 29
June 6, 2018 Haaretz.com v. Goldhar 37202 2018 SCC 28
June 1, 2018 Groia v. Law Society of Upper Canada 37112 2018 SCC 27
May 31, 2018 Highwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses (Judicial Committee) v. Wall 37273 2018 SCC 26
May 25, 2018 R. v. Wong 37367 2018 SCC 25
May 18, 2018 West Fraser Mills Ltd. v. British Columbia (Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal)   37423 2018 SCC 22
May 11, 2018 Rankin (Rankin’s Garage & Sales) v. J.J. 37323 2018 SCC 19
May 10, 2018 Centrale des syndicats du Québec v. Quebec (Attorney General)Footnote 3 37002 2018 SCC 18
Quebec (Attorney General) v. Alliance du personnel professionnel et technique de la santé et des services sociauxFootnote 3 37347 2018 SCC 17
April 20, 2018 Office of the Children's Lawyer v. Balev 37250 2018 SCC 16
April 19, 2018 R. v. Comeau 37398 2018 SCC 15
April 13, 2018 R. v. Magoon 37416
37479
2018 SCC 14
March 23, 2018 R. v. Carson 37506 2018 SCC 12

 

Footnotes

Footnote 1

These cases are related and were decided on the same day.

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Footnote 2

These cases are related and were decided on the same day.

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Footnote 3

These cases are related and were decided on the same day.

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