Parole Board of Canada

Important notice - In an effort to protect the health and safety of the public, inmates, Parole Board of Canada (PBC) Board members and staff in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PBC is currently conducting its hearings remotely via videoconference outside of correctional institutions, and is unable to facilitate victim and observer attendance at parole hearings at this time.  Read more.
Important! Effective March 31, 2020, the record suspension application fee will increase to $644.88. Find out more.

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 and Emergency Preparedness.

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