Information available to victims

What types of information can a victim receive from the Parole Board of Canada (PBC)?

Once a victim has registered with the PBC to receive information, they will receive:

Can a victim receive more information?

Upon request, a victim may be provided with the following additional information, if the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) determines that the victim's interest clearly outweighs any compromise of the offender's privacy that could result from the disclosure of:

  • the offender's age;
  • the location of the penitentiary;
  • the date of any release on an unescorted temporary absence, escorted temporary absence where the Board has approved the absence, parole or statutory release;
  • the date of any Parole Board hearing;
  • any conditions attached to an unescorted temporary absence, parole or statutory release;
  • the reason for an unescorted temporary absence;
  • the reason why an offender waived a hearing, if one was given;
  • the destination of the offender when released on an unescorted temporary absence, parole or statutory release, and if the offender will be in the vicinity of the victim while traveling to that destination;
  • whether the offender is in custody and, if not, the reason; and,
  • whether the offender has appealed a Board decision and the outcome of the appeal.

Can a victim receive a copy of a PBC Decision?

Yes. Victims may request PBC decisions from its Registry of Decisions.

This includes reasons for decisions related to conditional release, return to prison, detention, and decisions and reasons of the Board's Appeal Division.

The PBC may exempt certain information in these decisions that could reveal confidential sources of information, put a person's safety at risk, or hinder an offender's return to society as a law-abiding citizen.

To request a decision, victims or members of the public should complete and submit a Request for Registry of Decisions.

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