Victim’s right to information

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What information do I have a right to receive as a victim of a crime?

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Right to Information

Ask for information about the justice system, victim services, and the progress of your case.

Victims have a right to information.

Since October 26, 2023, courts are now required to ensure that steps have been taken to verify the wishes of a victim when it comes to receiving post-sentencing information.

Upon request, victims are entitled to:

Examples of information about the offender and their sentence

Examples of information about the offender’s conditional release

How can I request information when an offender is found guilty?

Since October 26, 2023, courts are required to ensure that steps have been taken to verify the wishes of a victim when it comes to receiving post-sentencing information.

Victims may indicate their interest in receiving information about the offender who harmed them after sentencing through their victim impact statement, or by asking the prosecutor before the case is over. Prosecutors should take steps to contact victims to see if they would like to receive information about the case, and courts must now verify that these steps have been taken, and confirm the wishes of the victim. 

Victims who have requested to receive information will need to provide their name and contact information to the Court, to ensure they receive the information requested. The victim's wishes will be recorded and forwarded to those responsible for administering the sentence.

Can I attend the parole hearing of the offender who harmed me?

Victims can attend parole hearings in person or virtually, as long as they are approved by the Parole Board of Canada. The application form to attend a parole hearing can be found on the Application Form webpage.

Why should I register to receive information from the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) and the Parole Board of Canada (PBC)?

Registering to receive information provides victims with the opportunity to advise CSC and PBC about what information they would like to receive, how often they would like to receive it, and the format that works best for them. It also allows the victim to ask questions about the corrections and conditional release process and can help them to prepare victim statements to be considered when making decisions about the offender.

Information about an offender is not provided automatically. Some information is discretionary and subject to a weighing of privacy and public safety factors.

More on the process for CSC and PBC registration:

Victims can register directly with CSC or the PBC by:

The PBC is an independent administrative tribunal that makes conditional release, pardon/record suspension and expungement decisions, as well as clemency recommendations.

CSC oversees the custody and community reintegration of offenders serving sentences of two years or more, through meaningful interventions, programs and services.

Do I have to submit a statement for my safety to be considered by decision-makers?

Victims do not need to submit a statement to the court, CSC or PBC to have their safety considered by decision-makers. Courts and Parole Board members can impose reasonable and necessary conditions in order to protect victims, whether victims request them or not.

For more information please visit: Federal corrections and parole.

What if my right to information is not respected?

Victims can make a complaint if they believe their rights have been breached or denied by a federal department or agency using the complaint systems in that department or agency. For more information, visit Making a complaint about infringement or denial of a victim’s right.


This fact sheet contains general information regarding victims’ rights. This information is of a general nature and is not intended as a substitute for professional legal advice. For legal advice or assistance, we recommend contacting a lawyer or a legal aid program.