Current Issues

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, introduces legislation to amend the federal victim surcharge provisions in the Criminal Code.

The federal victim surcharge is a monetary penalty that is automatically imposed on offenders at the time of sentencing, cumulatively for each offence. Money collected from offenders is used by provinces and territories to help fund programs and services for victims of crime. […]

Check out our new project report “Exploring and Responding to the Impact of Victimization in Communities” and the accompanying information guide “A Guide to Responding to Victimization in Your Community” (available in English and French).

Feedback about this project is greatly appreciated. […]

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls  will explore the systemic reasons why so many indigenous women and girls have been murdered or gone missing in Canada. Independent from the federal government, the commission is directed to examine and report on the systemic causes behind the violence that Indigenous women and girls experience and their greater vulnerability to violence by looking for patterns and underlying factors that explain why higher levels of violence occur. […]

Bill C-32, the Victims Bill of Rights Act, passed in  April 2015, 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 now:

  • Receive information from the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) about an offender’s correctional plan and progress toward meeting the objectives of the plan; […]