Victims and Survivors of Service Offences
Legislative and regulatory changes coming into force 20 June 2022
The amendments to the National Defence Act and to the Queen’s Regulations and Orders for the Canadian Forces resulting from the implementation of the remaining provisions of Bill C-77 will soon be brought into force.
For more information, please see the Overview Page, as well as the links available in this webpage menu. Note that specific details about the new amendments will not be published here until the date when they come into force.
Victims and Survivors of service offences find support within Canada’s military justice system.
Canada’s military justice system is a separate and parallel system of justice that forms an integral part of the Canadian legal system. It shares many of the same underlying principles as the civilian criminal justice system and is subject to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The military justice system is designed to promote the operational effectiveness of the Canadian Armed Forces by contributing to the maintenance of discipline, efficiency, and morale, while ensuring that justice is administered fairly and with respect to the rule of law.
The military justice system can be unfamiliar and possibly intimidating to some victims and survivors. This is why it is important that victims and survivors of service offences have access to information about the military justice system, their role within it and the resources available to support them. This web page aims to provide victims and survivors with general information, links to resources and points of contact should they have questions or want to know more.
Victim of a service offence
On this web page, the term victim will be used, but it is recognized that an individual may define their own context and experience differently and may not recognize themselves as a victim. On this web page, the concept of survivor may also be included in the concept of victim, when the term is not being used in a legal or policing context.
Links and Resources
- Message from the VCDS: An important milestone in the Victims’ Rights and Summary Hearing Implementation
- Sexual Misconduct Response Centre Annual Report - 2020-2021
- Canadian Forces Provost Marshal Annual Report - 2020-2021
- Message from Canadian Forces Provost Marshal: transfer of jurisdiction for sexual assault and other criminal offences of a sexual nature
- DND/CAF Response to the Final Report by the Survivor Support Consultation Group
- Survivor Support Consultations Report provides recommendations for enhancing support for survivors of sexual misconduct
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