Receiving Information

Who can receive information?

A victim is now defined as an individual who has suffered physical or emotional harm, property damage or economic loss as the result of the commission of an offence.

The following individuals are also allowed to exercise a victim's rights when a victim is dead or incapable of acting on their behalf:

  • the victim's spouse or common-law partner
  • a relative or dependant of the victim
  • anyone who has custody of the victim, or is responsible for the care or support of the victim or the victim's dependant

What information about an offender can you receive?

Once we receive a request, we shall provide you with the following information:

  • the offender's name
  • the offence and the court that convicted the offender
  • the start date of the offender's sentence and length of the sentence
  • the offender's eligibility dates and review dates for temporary absences and parole

You may also receive the following additional information:

  • the offender's age
  • whether the offender is in custody and, if not, why
  • the name and location of the institution where the offender is being held
  • information about an offender transferring from one institution to another
  • information about the programs in which the offender is participating or has participated
  • the serious disciplinary offences committed by the offender
  • the reasons for any temporary absence
  • the date of a Parole Board of Canada hearing about detaining the offender past the end of his or her sentence
  • information about an offender's progress in relation to his or her correctional plan
  • the date when an offender has been removed from Canada by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
  • information about CSC's victim-mediation services

You may also request information that CSC has available unless the disclosure would have a negative impact on public safety, including:

  • the offender's release date, destination and conditions of release (usually 14 days prior to the release)
  • a current photo of the offender at the time of certain releases or the end of the offender's sentence