Enhancing victims' rights:
Canada's Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime Reacts to Victims Bill of Rights
April 4, 2014 – Ottawa, ON – Canada’s Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime, Sue O’Sullivan, today provided her initial reaction to the newly introduced Victims’ Bill of Rights.
- The Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime (OFOVC) has pushed the Government of Canada to enhance victims’ rights since opening its doors in 2007.
- As part of its work, the OFOVC has made dozens of recommendations for how to better meet the needs of victims of crime, including a recommendation that the Government introduce comprehensive legislation for victims.
- The Ombudsman participated actively in the federal government consultations on the Bill; attending the first round-table discussion, encouraging Canadians to add their voices and providing a written submission containing nearly 30 recommendations for how to best enhance victims’ rights and address their concerns.
- "While the Bill doesn’t cover all of the areas victims have told us need attention, it does mark an historic and important shift for victims of crime in Canada by clearly acknowledging the important role they have to play and by working to address their need for information, consideration, protection and support”, said Ms. O’Sullivan.
- “I will be taking a closer look at the Bill over the next few days, however I am pleased to see that a number of our recommendations have been implemented, such as ensuring that victims have information about their rights, that they have the option to hear audio recordings of parole hearings and that victims are notified in cases where an offender is removed from Canada”, said Ms. O’Sullivan. “Congratulations to all of the victims and victim advocates who have worked tirelessly towards change for victims in Canada. This kind of change would never have happened without their work and their voices.”
Christina McDonald, Manager of Communications