Federal Training Centre

Road leading to the Federal Training Centre.

Road to the Federal Training Centre

The Federal Training Centre is a minimum-security facility located in Laval, Quebec. The Institution opened in 1973 and has a rated capacity of 400 inmates.

Federal Training Centre

On site parking is available to visitors. It includes an area for handicapped and pregnant women.


Main entrance to the Federal Training Centre. All visitors including victims and observers must report to the security desk.

Main entrance

Upon entering, observers and victims are required to sign a visitor's log. Photo identification is necessary. A visitor's card is issued and must be worn and kept visible to institutional staff at all times during the visit. Observers and victims will be greeted by a Parole Board of Canada (PBC) Regional Communication Officer, or a Correctional Service Canada (CSC) Victim Liaison Co-ordinator, who will escort them to the waiting room and the hearing room.

visitors are required to sign a  log

Security staff may ask you to store your personal belongings in a locker.


Hallway to the waiting room.


This is the waiting room area. A pre-hearing briefing is done by a PBC Regional Communications Officer, or a CSC Victim Liaison Co-ordinator. The conditional release decision-making process will be explained to you and any questions answered. Visitors sit in the waiting room before the hearing, during the Board Members deliberation, as well as after the hearing is over. Observers have access to designated washrooms and water.

waiting room

Hallway to the parole hearing room. Please note that cameras and recording devices are not permitted in a parole hearing.


PBC parole hearing participants are: the Board Members, the CSC Parole Officer, the offender and the assistant. The assistant is someone of the offender's choosing, i.e. a family member or a lawyer. The entire proceedings are tape-recorded.

parole hearing

Observers and the victims are seated at the back of the room and may be within close proximity to the offender. A security officer may be present for hearings observed by victims.

parole hearing

The PBC Hearing Officer introduces the participants and ensures procedural safeguards are respected. Board Members then begin the parole hearing.

parole hearing

Board Members start the hearing by asking the CSC Parole Officer to present the case and to make recommendations.

parole hearing

Following this, Board Members interview the offender regarding his previous criminal and social history, institutional behaviour, and results of programming and release plans. The offender's assistant may speak after Board Members are finished with the offender's interview. A victim may present a statement to the Board Members and may choose to read it or to present it on a videotape or an audiotape. When Board Members have completed their interview with the offender, everyone must leave the room in order for Board Members to deliberate. Observers return to the waiting room where they can ask questions about what they have observed.

When Board Members have reached a decision, everyone is asked to return to the hearing room. The Board Members will announce their decision to the offender and will provide reasons for that decision. The hearing is now over. The observers return to the waiting room to ask questions or clarifications in regards to the decision.

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