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Most offenders are eligible at 1/3 of their sentence, or 7 years, whichever is less.
Most offenders are eligible 6 months before their Full Parole Eligibility date.
Inmates will receive an official document from CSC outlining their sentence dates. If an inmate does not know their parole eligibility dates, they can ask Parole Officer.
Applying for Parole
To be considered for Day Parole, the inmate must submit an application to the Parole Board. The inmate should speak with their Parole Officer first for guidance and support. The inmate can complete an application, provide it to their Parole Officer who will submit the application to the Parole Board.
For Full Parole, the inmate will automatically be scheduled by law for a Full Parole review within 6 months of their Full Parole Eligibility Date.
Should I apply for Parole if I haven’t completed my programs?
This depends on the seriousness of the offence, the identified risk factors, and what programs the inmate has taken to address them. Inmates should speak with their Parole Officer to discuss the options available. By law, the inmate will automatically be scheduled for a full parole review.
If my Parole is denied? Will it look bad at my next Parole review?
No. It will actually be helpful for the next Parole review. The Parole Board’s decision will identify the reasons/factors for the inmate’s parole denial. This will allow the inmate to focus on these specific issues before their next parole review.
Why apply for Parole? Why not just wait for my Statutory Release Date?
Research (click here for statistics) shows that offenders released gradually and under supervision are much more successful at safely re-integrating into the community, and are less likely to re-offend, than those who waited for their statutory release. Moreover, these inmates can also access community supports (e.g. halfway house) and community-based programs earlier through day and full parole.