Find out about adult probation and bail

  1. What does a sentence mean?
  2. What does a probation officer or bail supervisor do?
  3. What are an offender’s responsibilities?
  4. What is a breach of bail or probation?
  5. Participating in programming
  6. Limits to confidentiality
  1. What does a sentence mean?

    The client is responsible for understanding and following their:

    • court order; and
    • conditions.

    A probation officer can answer questions about a sentence or conditions.

  2. What does a probation officer or bail supervisor do?

    A probation officer or bail supervisor is a peace officer (officer of the court). They:

    • help the client follow their court order;
    • work with the client to reduce their risk of re-offending;
    • refer the client to programming that reduces their risk of re-offending;
    • help a client access services such as housing, education, and social assistance;
    • act as the client's case manager; and
    • report breaches of court orders and conditions to the court.

    What if you do not like your probation officer?

    1. Discuss your concerns with your probation officer.
    2. If you are not happy with the response make an appointment to talk with the manager of Yukon Community Corrections
      • Email: ycc@gov.yk.ca
      • Phone: 867-667-5231, toll free (in Yukon) 1-800-661-0408, extension 5231
    3. If you are not happy with the response make an appointment to talk with with the director of Corrections.
      • Email: justice@gov.yk.ca
      • Phone: 867-393-7077 or toll free (in Yukon) 1-800-661-0408, extension 7077
    4. If you're not happy with the response contact the Investigations and Standards Office
      • Email: ISO@gov.yk.ca
      • Phone: 867-456-6597, toll free 1-800-661-0408 extension 6597
  3. What are an offender’s responsibilities?

    When the client is on bail or probation, it’s important that they follow all:

    • court orders; and
    • conditions.

    When the client is on probation they can make positive changes that will help them for the rest of their life. They:

    • are responsible for understanding and following their court order and conditions;
    • must ask their bail or probation officer to explain things they don’t understand;
    • must inform their bail or probation officer of any changes to their circumstances (address, phone number, education, employment);
    • must take programming as directed; and
    • they can ask to take programming that is not on their court order.

    Apply for a pardon or record suspension

    Find out about applying for a record suspension through the federal Parole Board of Canada.

  4. What is a breach of bail or probation?

    If you do not follow your court order or conditions you may be breached. This is a criminal offence.

    If you're on a conditional sentence your probation officer must report the breach to the court if you're:

    • on a conditional sentence; or
    • a probation order

    If you're breached:

    • you'll have to go to court; and
    • the judge will decide what the consequences will be.

    You could be sent to jail or receive another court order with more:

    • restrictions to your freedom; or
    • conditions you must follow.

    What if you see an offender who is on probation breaking the law or a condition of their sentence?

    Immediately phone the RCMP 867-667-5555, or Yukon Community Corrections 867-667-5231.

  5. Participating in programming

    You must participate in any programming that you're referred to. If you do not participate in court-ordered programming you could be breached

    Find out about rehabilitation programs for clients.

  6. Limits to confidentiality

    A probation officer or bail supervisor keeps your information private. There are some situations when they must share your information. They have to share your information:

    • under the Family Children and Services Act; and
    • to notify victims.

Contact 

If you have questions, email ycc@gov.yk.ca, or phone 867-667-5231, toll free in Yukon 1-800-661-0408, extension 5231.