Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime

Posted on:
February 27, 2022

Canada needs a strong leader who wants to promote the needs and rights of victims of crimes. If you are an experienced manager and bilingual communicator with a university degree and experience working with the Canadian criminal justice or correctional systems, or victim advocacy, this leader could be you! The Governor in Council is seeking applications from diverse and talented people in Canada from across the country who are interested in being appointed on a full‑time basis to the position of Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime. The Governor in Council is committed to filling this position following an open, inclusive, transparent and merit‑based selection process.

The Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime is an independent resource for victims of crime in Canada. The Office was created in 2007 to ensure that the federal government meets its responsibilities to victims of crime.

The mandate of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime relates exclusively to matters of federal jurisdiction. The Ombudsman’s responsibilities include:

•                  Facilitating access to existing federal programs and services by providing victims of crime with information and referrals;

•                  Enhancing awareness among criminal justice personnel and policy makers of the needs and concerns of victims, including by promoting the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights and the principles set out in the Canadian Statement of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime;

•                  Identifying emerging issues and exploring systemic issues that impact negatively on victims of crime;

•                  Proposing solutions that promote the interests of victims of crime, particularly those who are vulnerable or marginalized, that are consistent with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; and

•                  Addressing complaints of victims about compliance with the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights and provisions of the Corrections and Conditional Release Act that apply to victims of offenders under federal supervision, in accordance with the internal complaints mechanisms of the relevant federal departments and agencies.

The Ombudsman also plays an important public affairs function, which includes communication with stakeholders, the media and the public in a variety of fora, occasionally at the international level.

If you are interested in applying and want to learn more about the sought qualifications, please do so via the Governor in Council Appointments website. If you require accommodation to submit your application or to consult information about this appointment opportunity, please contact the Privy Council Office.

Review of applications will begin on March 9, 2022.

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