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: Proposed changes to strengthen Canada’s bail system
Read more about proposed changes 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.
- News Release (May 16, 2023): Strengthening Canada’s bail system to keep communities safe
- News release (May 8, 2023): Government announces $390 million to help stop crime and violence
- Communique (March 10, 2023): Progress made to strengthen Canada's bail system during Justice and Public Safety Ministers meeting
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