OPB: Contact the OPB

Contact the OPB Important Notice:Effective March 13, 2020, all front-line counter services are closed to the public until further notice. If you submit by mail or courier, you will experience processing delays. Please contact the office by phone or email only. Telephone Contact Hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday Phone: 416-326-1356 Toll […]

OPB: Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions This page is intended to provide general information and is specific to the time when it is first issued.¬†Please keep in mind that the OPB’s staff cannot provide you with legal advice. If you wish to obtain legal advice, you should consult a person licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada […]

OPB: Legislation

Legislation Although provincially-established, the OPB has roles and responsibilities under both federal and provincial legislation applicable to corrections, including: Corrections and Conditional Release Act, S.C. 1992, c. 20; Prisons and Reformatories Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. P-20; Youth Criminal Justice Act, S.C. 2002, c.1; Ministry of Correctional Services Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. M.22; and Regulation R.R.O. […]

OPB: Resources

Resources Available resources can be accessed below: Ontario Parole Board Updates – April 27, 2020 (PDF | HTML) Your Guide to Parole in Ontario (PDF | HTML) A Guide to Parole in Ontario for Victims and Their Families (PDF | HTML) OPB: Practice Guidelines (PDF | HTML) Hearing and Parole Consideration Waiver Form (PDF) An […]

OPB: Victim Support

Victim Support Victim Input When considering an applicant for parole, the OPB welcomes input from, and the participation of, victims of crime. The OPB recognizes the role of victims in the criminal justice system and believes victims are an important part of the early release decision-making process. In addition to information the OPB receives from […]

OPB: Observing a Hearing

Observing a Hearing Individuals who wish to attend a hearing as an observer must submit an application to the Ontario Parole Board (OPB). Application Timelines It is recommended that an observer application be submitted to the OPB 15 business days in advance of the hearing date. The Board may deny a request if there is […]

OPB: Circle Hearings

Circle Hearings What is a Circle Hearing? A circle hearing is an alternative method to a mainstream parole hearing and is conducted with the same desired outcome, which is to determine whether an applicant is suitable for reintegration within the community. Circle hearings are led and facilitated by Elders who are considered the gatekeepers of […]

OPB: Application & Hearing Process

Application & Hearing Process Print-friendly Types of Applications Parole If an applicant would like to apply for parole, they must speak with the Institutional Liaison Officer or their Native Institutional Liaison Officer in their institution. The liaison officer will help the applicant develop a Parole Release Plan for the OPB to consider when deciding to […]

OPB: About the OPB

About the OPB Introduction What is the OPB? The Ontario Parole Board (OPB) is an independent, quasi-judicial agency. It is one of the thirteen tribunals that form Tribunals Ontario. What does the OPB do? What does the OPB do? The OPB makes parole decisions for applicants serving a sentence of less than two years in […]

Ontario Parole Board

About the OPB The Ontario Parole Board (OPB) is an independent, inquisitorial agency. It is one of the thirteen tribunals that form Tribunals Ontario. The OPB makes parole decisions for applicants serving a sentence of less than two years in a provincial correctional institution. The OPB also decides applications for temporary absences from a correctional […]