Who can obtain information about the offender?

Anyone who is defined as a victim under the Corrections and Conditional Release Act (CCRA) can obtain information about the offender.

A victim is:

  • Someone who has suffered harm at the hands of the offender;

  • A “qualified victim” – a family member of the deceased or the parent of a minor child;

  • A person who was harmed by the offender, whether or not the offender was prosecuted or convicted, as long as a complaint was made to the police or the Crown attorney or an information was laid under the Criminal Code;

  • An agent identified by the family of the deceased – someone who receives the written authorization of the family.

Mennonite Central Committee Canada. (2011). Getting through the maze: A guidebook for survivors of homicide.

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