Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

March 31, 2007 13:17 ET

PSEPC: Board of Parole for the Province of British Columbia Transfers Responsibilities to National Parole Board and the Correctional Service of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 31, 2007) - The Minister of Public Safety, the Honourable Stockwell Day, announced today that, effective April 1, 2007, the Board of Parole for the Province of British Columbia will transfer its responsibilities for parole decision-making to the National Parole Board and case preparation and supervision responsibilities to the Correctional Service of Canada.

"Canada's New Government has worked with the Government of British Columbia to ensure that the corrections and parole system in that province continues to provide for the safety and security of British Columbians and Canadians," said Minister Day. "We are working with the Government of B.C. to ensure a smooth transfer of parole to federal authorities."

Under the Corrections and Conditional Release Act, which governs federal corrections, provinces and territories may establish their own parole boards for offenders sentenced to a term of incarceration of less than two years. Only two provinces now have their own parole boards: Ontario and Quebec.

In June 2006, the Government of British Columbia informed Minister Day of its decision to transfer this responsibility back to the federal government.

For more information, please visit the website www.PublicSafety.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Public Safety Canada
    Media Relations
    613-991-0657
    or
    Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    613-991-2863
    or
    Correctional Service of Canada,
    Pacific Region
    Dennis Finlay
    604-870-2680