Overview - Changes for CSC

This legislation makes changes to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA), which governs how the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) operates.

The Safe Streets and Communities Act amends four main areas of the CCRA:

This legislation also makes changes to the CCRA's Principles.

In addition to these amendments, there are several other areas of this Act that impact CSC's operations and policies:

Reintegration into Aboriginal communities

CSC recognizes that the successful reintegration of offenders into communities depends upon strong and effective community support. One way in which the Safe Streets and Communities Act will assist offenders in their reintegration is to provide additional opportunities for them to be released into Aboriginal communities under Section 84 of the CCRA.

This means that when an offender – whether Aboriginal or not – is preparing for statutory release or parole, he/she will have the option of developing a release and reintegration plan with an Aboriginal community. Previously, offenders could only apply for this option when preparing for parole, not their statutory release.

Mental health

The concept of mental health care has been added as an element in the Principles of the CCRA for which CSC will be responsive. This addition emphasizes the importance of continuing to address mental health issues in our penitentiaries, which is a key priority for CSC.

The terms of how CSC provides mental health care are not impacted by this change. There is no change to CSC's legislated requirement to provide inmates with essential health care and reasonable access to non-essential mental health care that contributes to the inmate's rehabilitation and successful reintegration into the community.

For more information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.