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State of the Criminal Justice System Dashboard

Key Partners

The criminal justice system (CJS) plays a critical role in ensuring the overall safety, wellness and productivity of Canadians. Helping Canadians feel safe in their communities and have confidence in their justice system improves their quality of life, as well as their contribution to Canada’s prosperity. Reporting of various CJS performance measurements is dependent on a number of key partners, including:

Correctional Service of Canada

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) helps protect society by encouraging offenders to become law-abiding citizens while exercising reasonable, safe, secure and humane control. CSC is responsible for managing offenders sentenced to two years or more in federal correctional institutions and under community supervision.

Office of the Correctional Investigator

As the ombudsman for federally sentenced offenders, the Office of the Correctional Investigator (OCI) serves Canadians and contributes to safe, lawful and humane corrections through independent oversight of the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) by providing accessible, impartial and timely investigation of individual and systemic concerns.

Parole Board of Canada

The Parole Board of Canada (PBC) is an independent administrative tribunal that is part of the Canadian criminal justice system. It contributes to the protection of society by facilitating, as appropriate, the timely reintegration of offenders as law-abiding citizens through quality conditional release decisions. The PBC also makes record suspension and expungement decisions; and clemency recommendations.

Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada was created in 2003 to ensure coordination across all federal departments and agencies responsible for national security and the safety of Canadians. Their mission is to build a safe and resilient Canada by keeping Canadians safe from a range of risks such as natural disasters, crime and terrorism. Legislation governing the Department sets out three essential roles: 1) support the Minister’s responsibility for all matters related to public safety and emergency management not assigned to another federal organization; 2) exercise leadership at the national level for national security and emergency preparedness; and 3) support the Minister’s responsibility for the coordination of entities within the Public Safety Portfolio. Public Safety Canada works with five agencies (Canada Border Services Agency, Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Correctional Service of Canada, Parole Board of Canada, Royal Canadian Mounted Police(RCMP)) and three review bodies (Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP, Office of the Correctional Investigator and the RCMP External Review Committee), united in a single portfolio and all reporting to the Minister of Public Safety.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is Canada’s national police service, which enforces federal, provincial/territorial and municipal laws, prevents and investigates crime, and keeps Canadians safe.

Statistics Canada

In Canada, providing statistics is a federal responsibility. As Canada's central statistical office, Statistics Canada is legislated to serve this function for the whole of Canada and each of the provinces and territories. Statistics Canada produces statistics that help Canadians better understand their country—its population, resources, economy, society and culture.

Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Statistics Canada

As part of Statistics Canada, the national statistical office, the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics (CCJS) provides Canadians with key information (data, reports, infographics) on the nature and extent of crime in Canada as well as looking at the justice system as a whole. The CCJS collects and publishes data on correctional services, court outcomes, crimes, and victimization.