Mandate and Role

The Parole Board of Canada (PBC) is an agency within the Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Portfolio.

The PBC is an independent administrative tribunal that has exclusive authority under the Corrections and Conditional Release Act to grant, deny, cancel, terminate or revoke day parole and full parole, and authorize or approve temporary absences. The PBC may also order certain offenders to be held in prison until the end of their sentence. In addition, the PBC makes conditional release decisions for offenders in provinces and territories that do not have their own parole boards.

The PBC is also responsible for making decisions to order, refuse to order and revoke record suspensions under the Criminal Records Act and the Criminal Code of Canada. The Board also makes recommendations for the exercise of clemency through the Royal Prerogative of Mercy.

For more information on the department’s organizational mandate letter commitments, see the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness’ mandate letter.

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