Parole Board of Canada

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We are a federal institution that is part of the Public Safety portfolio. We operate at arm’s length from the Government of Canada.

The Parole Board of Canada (PBC) is an independent administrative tribunal that, as part of the Canadian criminal justice system, makes quality conditional release and record suspension decisions, and clemency recommendations. The PBC contributes to the protection of society by facilitating, as appropriate, the timely reintegration of offenders as law-abiding citizens. Public safety is the primary consideration in all PBC decisions.

The PBC is headed by a Chairperson who reports to Parliament through the Minister of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions and Intergovernmental Affairs.

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Attending a Parole Hearing

Learn how a parole hearing works, the role of Board members and other participants, and what to expect if you attend a hearing. 

Parole Board of Canada: Victims and the Parole Process

This video provides information to victims of crime, including their rights, how to participate in the conditional release process and services available from the Parole Board of Canada. 

Tips for Completing a Record Suspension Application

Get helpful tips on how to avoid commonly made mistakes when applying for a record suspension, which can delay its processing.

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