Community Safety and Community-based Corrections

Public Safety Canada works with community-based organizations to support the safe rehabilitation and successful reintegration of federal offenders while helping to ensure victims’ rights are protected and respected, enhancing community safety and well-being. This work also focusses on addressing the overrepresentation of individuals from racialized, marginalized and at-risk communities in the corrections and criminal justice system, including Indigenous Peoples.

Supporting Indigenous community safety:

Through the Aboriginal Community Safety Planning Initiative, Public Safety Canada works to prevent incidents of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, provides a means to enhance accessibility to Restorative Justice programming and responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action.

Through the Indigenous Community Corrections Initiative, the Department works with communities and organizations to rehabilitate Indigenous offenders through project development, training and capacity building, communications, and policy development.

Protecting and respecting victims’ rights:

Public Safety Canada’s National Office for Victims (NOV) is a central resource working to improve victims’ experience with the federal corrections and conditional release system, through the development of policy and information products.

Grants and contributions programs to enhance community safety:

Through the Grants and Contributions Program to National Voluntary Organizations the Department supports Canadian not-for-profit national voluntary organizations that provide services in the area of corrections, conditional release or community reintegration.

Through the National Flagging System (NFS) Class Grant Program, Public Safety Canada provides funding to enhance the capacity of participating provinces and territories to identify and track high-risk and dangerous offenders and to facilitate appropriate sentences for these individuals should they re-offend.

Restorative Justice:
Public Safety Canada works collaboratively with the Department of Justice to advance restorative justice through programs, resources, legislation and policy. Public Safety Canada has published several research summaries in the area of restorative justice research.

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