Overview of Federal Corrections and Criminal Justice
Victim-Centred Information and Assistance

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Minister of Public Safety Canada

Responsible for Federal Correctional Policy and The Corrections and Conditional Release Act

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) provides police services under contract to all provinces and territories (except Ontario and Quebec) and under separate policing agreements to 180 municipalities. As part of performing these policing duties, RCMP officers routinely interact with victims of crime and trauma, offering referrals to available victim services. rcmp-grc.gc.ca

National Office for Victims (NOV)


The NOV contributes to Public Safety Canada's mission of building a safe and resilient Canada by acting as a central resource that:

Correctional Service of Canada (CSC)


CSC is responsible for exercising reasonable, safe, secure and humane control of offenders having received sentences for imprisonment of two years or more, while actively encouraging and assisting offenders to become law-abiding citizens.

Victim Service Units

Restorative Justice Division

Parole Board of Canada (PBC)

1-866-789-INFO (4636)

The PBC is an independent administrative tribunal that makes parole decisions.

Regional Communications Officers

PBC and CSC co-host Regional Victim Advisory Committee meetings aimed at giving victims an opportunity to discuss relevant issues.

Minister of Justice Canada

Responsible for Criminal Justice Policy and the Criminal Code

Policy Centre for Victim Issues (PCVI)

Victims Fund: 1-866-544-1007

PCVI is the lead federal organization working for victims of crime within the federal government.

The six main functions of PCVI consist of

Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime (OFOVC)


OFOVC is an arm's length federal government office that works to help victims of crime and their families by:

For additional copies, please email ps.nationalofficeforvictims-bureaunationalpourlesvictimes.sp@canada.ca or call 1-866-525-0554.

October 2012

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