Innocence Canada reviews innocence claims arising from every region in Canada and specifically focuses its investigations on finding new and significant evidence that could help to advance cases of innocence. Innocence Canada’s team of volunteer lawyers review cases on a pro bono basis and work together to exonerate the innocent.

Please note that Innocence Canada would always like to hear from criminal defence counsel interested in reviewing a case. If you are a defence lawyer who has the motivation to make a time commitment for a review of one of our challenging cases, please visit our Volunteer page to learn how you can get involved.

Case Management Statistics

Innocence Canada maintains case management statistics to keep track of case progress and to monitor potential trends. Note that the statistics that follow are current to April 16, 2018. Of the 81 cases currently under review, sixteen have been adopted by Innocence Canada Board of Directors, meaning we have satisfied ourselves that the individual is innocent and legal work is ongoing.

Geographical Distribution of Cases under Review

Geographical Distribution of Cases under ReviewNumber of Cases% of Caseload
Total Cases under Review 81 100%
Alberta 6 7%
British Columbia 14 17%
Manitoba 8 10%
New Brunswick 1 1%
Newfoundland and Labrador 2 2%
Northwest Territories 0 0%
Nova Scotia 3 4%
Nunavut 1 1%
Ontario 31 38%
Prince Edward Island 0 0%
Quebec 6 7%
Saskatchewan 9 11%
Yukon 0 0%

Distribution of Cases under Review by Type of Conviction

Type of ConvictionNumber of Cases
Total Cases Currently Under Review 81
First Degree Murder 34
Second Degree Murder 33
Manslaughter 11
Other Serious Crimes 3