Judicial compensation commissions

An independent commission reviews the compensation of Alberta judges and masters in chambers and recommends changes to it every 4 years.


The Supreme Court of Canada has imposed a constitutional obligation on provincial governments to use an independent commission process to set the compensation for judicial officers, including Provincial Court judges and Court of Queen’s Bench masters in chambers.

Several pieces of provincial legislation are relevant to the judicial compensation commission process:

2013 commission

The 2013 Judicial Compensation Commission reviewed and recommended changes in compensation for:

  • Provincial Court judges
  • Court of Queen’s Bench masters in chambers

For both groups, the 2013 commission examined the following for the period between April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2017:

  • salary rates
  • design and level of pension benefits
  • types  and kinds of benefits and allowances
  • any other issues relevant to financial security that the commission agreed to resolve

On July 8, 2015, the Lieutenant Governor in Council approved all the 2013 commission’s recommendations.

2017 commission

The 2017 Judicial Compensation Commission will review and recommend changes for judges and masters for the period between April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2021.


View the reports of past judicial compensation commissions


To learn more, contact:

Ruth Fast
Legal Counsel
310-0000 toll-free in Alberta