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Arrests, detentions and removals Removal from Canada

This webpage from the Canada Border Services Agency has information on the three types of Removal Orders issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). These are Departure Orders, Exclusion Orders, and Deportation Orders.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

Diversion

This LawFacts information sheet answers questions about diversion programs, which generally involve an accused person doing something outside of court in order to have charges stayed or withdrawn by the Crown. It looks at who decides whether a case is eligible for diversion, how do you know if you’ve been offered diversion, should you take diversion or not? and more.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

Justice Ontario

The Justice Ontario website has information on topics such as finding a lawyer, tickets and fines, lawsuits and disputes, family and criminal law, human rights, and wills and estates. A toll-free number gives access to legal information in over 170 languages.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

Parole – The Next Step of the Journey

Canadian Families and Corrections Network has created a resource to explain the parole process for those who are incarcerated and for those who support them. It looks at what parole is, what parole eligibility is, how an inside person applies for parole, and more.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2018

Steps for getting a certified criminal record check

When you apply for a Criminal Record or Vulnerable Sector (VS) check, you may be required to give the police service or an accredited fingerprinting company a copy of your fingerprints. This page on the RCMP website provides more information on the fingerprinting process.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

Writing an effective grievance

This booklet explains the process for making a complaint with the Correctional Service of Canada. It looks at the grievance procedure, time lines, what issues you can grieve, and points to include in your grievance. Although this publication was written for prisoners in British Columbia, the information in it deals with federal law and therefore applies throughout Canada.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2018

Adult sentencing

This LawFacts resource answers questions about adult sentencing, including, what is a sentence? when does sentencing happen? what is a sentencing hearing? and more.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

Guilty pleas

This LawFacts resource answers questions about guilty pleas, including facts you should know before considering pleading guilty to a criminal charge.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

Justice System

This section of the Canadian Superior Court Judges Association web site includes information about the rule of law, the role of the courts, criminal and civil law, the source of our law, the structure of the courts, and courts and the constitution.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

Criminal Records and Your Employment

This resource looks at what a criminal record is and how it affects your getting a job, what absolute and conditional discharges are, and what a record suspension is. It includes links to further resources.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2016