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Minister’s Response Letter On Bill C-83

July 5, 2019

Irving Kulik
320 Parkdale Avenue, Suite 101
Ottawa, ON
KIY 4X9

Dear Irving Kulik:

Thank you for your correspondence of March 6, 2019, regarding Bill C-83, An Act to amend the Corrections and Conditional Release Act and another Act.

I appreciate the Canadian Criminal Justice Association’s ongoing input and interest in Bill C-83, including your participation in the roundtable that took place in January. Additionally, I am pleased that you were able to meet with my officials after the roundtable to offer your personal views.

As you are probably aware, Bill C-83 received Royal Assent on June 21, 2019. Implementation of the new Structured Intervention Units (SIUs) is expected to take place this fall.

I am confident that the new system will be far more than a change in terminology. With mandated daily opportunities for meaningful human contact, twice as much time out of the cell, significant investments in mental healthcare and other interventions, and independent external oversight, Bill C-83 represents a fundamental shift.

To ensure that C-83 is implemented in a way that matches the Government’s intent, I will soon be appointing an advisory panel comprised of people with a variety of relevant experience and expertise. Its mandate will be to provide feedback to the Commissioner about the implementation of SIUs, and to alert me directly if anything is not proceeding as it should.

With the passage of the legislation, our work to set up the new system of Independent External Decision-Makers is intensifying. We are focused on drafting effective regulations, informed by stakeholder input; appointing high-calibre individuals; and facilitating an orientation process for appointees that will include the stakeholder community, as well as labour unions and government bodies such as the Correctional Service of Canada, Justice Canada and the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

We are committed to having a humane corrections system that is as effective as possible at fostering successful rehabilitation and reintegration, and keeping Canadians safe. Successful implementation of Bill C-83 is an important part of that commitment.

Thank you again for writing.

Sincerely,

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P.

c.c.:
The Honourable David Lametti, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
Commissioner Anne Kelly
Correctional Service of Canada

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