The Ministry of Justice handles a wide variety of departments and services, including the courts, criminal justice and prisons. The ministry also provides civil legal services for the government, and support for victims of crime. Several boards and committee fall under the ministry, such as the Film Classification Board and the Victims Compensation Appeal Committee. In 2013-2014, the Ministry of Corrections, Policing and Public Safety was folded into Justice.
Many individuals on the payee list provided services that would not be considered consultancy, in the sense of providing management advice. These include chaplains, justices of the peace, psychiatric assessors, mediators, legal services and First Nations cultural advisors. Their expenses are not included in the tally.
However, the ministry also avails itself of general management and technology consultation. In 2013-2014, this amounted to $1.6 million. This is not a high amount compared to other ministries, but it was a significant jump from the previous year, when only two consulting firms were hired, costing $189,998. The 2008-2009 comparative year showed an equally low level of consultancy, while 2005-2006 was again a higher-spending year, mainly due to work carried out by CGI Information Systems and Management Consulting.
Top-earning Justice consultants in 2013-2014 were:
- Acrodex, Inc. (IT management solutions, $580,289)
- NET-L3.com (Norman E. Taylor executive advisory services, $429,194)
- Data Group of Companies (Business communications management, $83,079)
Justice downloadable data spreadsheet (Excel file)