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 is currently recruiting volunteer criminal defence counsel to review cases. If you are a defence lawyer who has the time and drive to work on these challenging cases involving innocence claims, please contact Innocence Canada’s Case Manager, Heather Robertson, by phone at 416-504-7500, ext. 226 or by e-mail at:

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 2015. Of the 94 cases currently under review, 78 are under review as part of our assessment process. Sixteen have been adopted by the 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 94 100%
Alberta 8 9%
British Columbia 17 18%
Manitoba 12 13%
New Brunswick 3 3%
Newfoundland and Labrador 1 1%
Northwest Territories 0 0%
Nova Scotia 4 4%
Nunavut 0 0%
Ontario 30 32%
Prince Edward Island 0 0%
Quebec 12 13%
Saskatchewan 5 5%
Yukon 2 2%

Distribution of Cases under Review by Type of Conviction

Type of ConvictionNumber of Cases
Total Cases Currently Under Review 94
First Degree Murder 37
Second Degree Murder 31
Manslaughter 11
Other Serious Crimes 15