Current Issues

Proposed amendments in the legislation include:

  • Automatic inclusion of all convicted sex offenders in the Registry – as opposed to the current scheme where prosecutors must apply and a judge has discretion whether to include a convicted sex offender in the registry.
  • Offenders convicted of a designated sexual offence under the Sex Offender Information Registration Act will also now be subject to a mandatory order to provide a DNA sample for the National DNA Databank; […]

“Crime is constantly evolving in Canada so it is crucial that our criminal justice system evolves with it,” said Minister Nicholson of the proposed legislation.

Proposed amendments in the legislation include:

  • Creating a new offence to help prevent individuals from fleeing a province or territory in order to avoid prosecution; […]

Canada’s Government introduces legislation to end the “two-for-one” credit judges commonly give convicted criminals in sentencing for the time they spend in pretrial custody. The goal of this legislation is to end abuse of the justice system by offenders stretching pretrial time to reduce time in prison, and to accelerate the administration of justice. The legislation will be known as The Truth in Sentencing Act. […]

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Mr. Gary Rosenfeldt,  co-founder of Victims of Violence Canadian Centre for Missing Children, and pioneer of the victims movement in Canada.  Gary passed peacefully in the company of his loved ones on Sunday, February 8th, 2009, after a hard fought battle against cancer.  A celebration of Gary’s life will be held Thursday, […]

Letters, legal documents news paper clippings and pornography belonging to Olson were up for sale on the site.  Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day has ordered a probe into how the material left the prison. His spokeswoman Melisa Leclerc says Day “is concerned with the fact that an individual would consider making profit out of a heinous crime.”  […]

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced Royal Assent of the Tackling Violent Crime Act (Bill C-2), making  changes to Canada’s Criminal Code to better protect Canadians from those who commit serious and violent crimes. This new legislation amends the criminal code by imposing:

  • Tougher mandatory prison sentences for serious gun crimes
  • Bail reverse onus provisions so that those accused of serious gun crimes will have to show why they shouldn’t be kept in jail while awaiting trial; […]

Steve Sullivan has been appointed as Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime.

Announced in March, 2007 the creation of the federal ombudsman for victims of crime has developed over the last decade and been recommended by victims, victim advocates, and parliamentarians.

The mandate of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime relates to matters of federal responsibility and will include:

  • Facilitating access of victims to existing federal programs and services by providing them with information and referrals; […]