Canada’s Bail System

Canada’s Bail System

Canada’s bail system promotes public safety, maintains confidence in the administration of justice, and respects the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Our bail system is a shared responsibility between the provinces and territories and the federal government.

This webpage provides information on how Canada’s bail system works, and on proposed changes to the bail system in Canada.

Services and information

Backgrounder: Amendments to strengthen Canada’s bail system

Read more about amendments to the Criminal Code bail provisions to address repeat violent offending involving firearms and other weapons.

Fact Sheet: The Bail Process

Consult our fact sheet to learn about what bail is, how it works, and why changes were made to the Criminal Code in 2019.