Department of Justice

Community Supervision

Corrections

Community Supervision Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the difference between probation and parole?
  2. How do I apply for a pardon/record suspension?
  3. What is a breach? What happens if I breach?
  4. How do I pay a fine?
  5. What if I don’t like my probation officer or have a complaint?
  6. What is the Domestic Violence Treatment Option Court (DVTO)?
  7. What is Community Wellness Court (CWC)?
  8. What about youth on probation?
  9. What if I see an offender that I know is on probation breaking the law or a condition of his/her sentence? 


1. What is the difference between probation and parole?

Probation is a sentence that is an alternative to jail, whereas parole is an option where an offender can be released early from jail. Probation services are run by the provincial government and parole services are run by the federal government. For more information about probation contact Offender Supervision and Services. For more information about parole contact 667-3586.

2. How do I apply for a pardon/record suspension?

You can apply for a record suspension through the federal Parole Board of Canada for more information visit http://pbc-clcc.gc.ca/prdons/pardon-eng.shtml

3. What is a breach? What happens if I breach?

A breach is when you don’t follow your court order or conditions. You will have to appear in court and a 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 more conditions you must follow.

4. How do I pay a fine?

You can contact Offender Supervision and Services to set up a payment plan. Call (867) 667-5231.

5. What if I don’t like my probation officer or have a complaint?

If you have a complaint please follow these steps.

  • First discuss your concerns with your Probation Officer
  • If you are not happy with the response make an appointment to discuss your concerns with the Manager of Offender Supervision and Services
  • If you are not happy with the response make an appointment to discuss your concerns with the Director of Corrections
  • If you are not happy with the response submit your complaint to the independent Investigations and Standards Office.

6. What is the Domestic Violence Treatment Option Court (DVTO)?

  • DVTO is a therapeutic court that helps families heal together in situations of domestic violence.
  • The court holds the abusive person accountable and provides them with treatment.
  • The court also provides the person who is abused with counselling, support and safe opportunities to monitor and be involved in their partner’s treatment.
  • There is a DVTO court in Whitehorse and Watson Lake.
  • For more information visit http://www.yukoncourts.ca/courts/territorial/dvtoc.html

7. What is Community Wellness Court (CWC)?

  • The Community Wellness Court is a therapeutic court that helps offenders deal with the reasons that they have committed a crime. This might mean issues with addictions, mental health or a disability like FASD.
  • An offender can ask to be a part of this court. You will have to plead guilty to some of your charges.
  • If you are accepted, you will take part in a two year program before you are sentenced.
  • The court will help you work on your issues, providing you with training and education to help you in your life.
  • For more information visit http://www.yukoncourts.ca/courts/territorial/cwc.html

8. What about youth on probation?

Youth Probation services are provided by regional social workers. Visit the Youth Probation website for more information.

9. What if I see an offender that I know is on probation breaking the law or a condition of his/her sentence? 

If you recognize a known offender breaking a condition of a probation order, please contact the RCMP at (867) 667-5555, or contact the Offender Supervision and Services (867) 667-5231 immediately.