Passing of Bill C-37, Increasing Offenders’ Accountability for Victims Act
Bill C-37. Increasing Offenders’ Accountability for Victims Act, which passed in Parliament and received Royal Assent in June 2013, will come into force on Thursday, October 24.
This Act amends the Criminal Code to ensure that a victim surcharge is imposed automatically on all offenders at the time of sentencing. In the past, offenders could apply to have the victim surcharge waived under certain circumstances. The surcharge is paid to the provincial or territorial government where an offender is sentenced and is used to help fund services for victims of crime.
The Increasing Offenders’ Accountability for Victims Act also increases the monetary amount that an offender must pay as a victim surcharge from 15% of any fine imposed to 30%. This Act affects new federal offenders as well as federal offenders who receive an additional sentence while incarcerated.