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;
- 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.
In order to improve services to victims, CSC and PBC have modernized how registered victims can access information, and today launch the Victims Portal.
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.