In April 2015, the federal government passed Bill C-32, the Victims Bill of Rights Act. This law made a number of changes to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act. Many of these changes came into effect in July 2015. However, as of June 1st, 2016, upon request, victims can:
- receive information from the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) about an offender’s correctional plan and progress toward meeting the objectives of the plan;
- have CSC provide access to a photograph of the offender prior to certain releases into the community; and
- request access from the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) to listen to an audio recording of a parole hearing if unable to attend in person.
Furthermore, in order to improve services to victims, CSC and PBC have modernized how registered victims can access information. Correctional Service Canada is proud to announce the official launch of the Victims Portal on June 1,2016. The Victim’s Portal is a secure website where registered victims may obtain information about the federal offenders who harmed them. Victims may use the Portal in addition to, or instead of, the current methods of communication by phone and mail. The Portal will also allow registered victims to manage their information and preferences online.
Stakeholders play an important role in informing victims about corrections and conditional release. We recognize and embrace the idea that the collaborative power of partnerships can achieve a much greater impact than would be possible by any organization acting on its own. Should you wish to inform the members and/or clients of your organization of these changes and about the Victim’s Portal, we invite you to provide the following electronic link on your website and/or social media links: Victims Portal.