Bail Verification

& Supervision

Program

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Funded by Ministry of Attorney General

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Program Description

The Bail Verification and Supervision Program (BVSP)

assists people aged 16 or older who are accused of criminal offences and are eligible for bail, but do not have the financial or social ties to meet bail conditions. The BVSP serves two principles upon which the Democratic Justice System in Canada is based: the presumption of innocence prior to conviction, and fair equitable treatment of all people regardless of social and economic background. 

What are the benefits of the BVSP?

  • Reduce the number of individuals awaiting trial in correctional facilities

  • Provide individuals an opportunity to meet bail conditions who would otherwise not be able to

  • Provide an opportunity for clients to access programs and services to address issues that contribute to criminal behaviour

  • Keep communities and clients safe with effective monitoring of accused persons

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who qualifies for the program?

Bail services are available to persons 16 years of age and older accused of criminal offence(s) who are:

  • Awaiting initial bail proceedings

  • Remanded for show cause hearing

  • In custody and unable to get surety or cash bail

  • Appealing a bail decisions which has resulted in detention.

How is a person referred to the program?

After the accused has been detained in custody, a referral will be made to the Indigenous Bail Worker. There are many parties who will make a referral to the BVSP. These include the following:

  • Duty counsel

  • Counsel

  • Crown attorney

  • Service providers

  • Self-referral

Is participation in the program mandatory?

No, the BVSP is a voluntary service

Is there a cost to participate in the program?

No, the BVSP operates at no cost to the client.