About the OPB
Role of the Board
The Ontario Parole Board (OPB) promotes public safety by deciding on the return of offenders to the community through supervised conditional release. As an independent quasi-judicial administrative tribunal, the OPB has the sole authority in Ontario to:
Public safety is the guiding principle underlying all conditional release decision-making, and the OPB is also committed to the rights of victims and the fair and individualized risk assessment of each offender.
The Ontario Parole Board decides on the conditional release of inmates in provincial institutions. Inmates are eligible for parole upon serving one-third of their sentence.
The Ontario Parole Board is divided into three regional offices and a corporate office which together make up “the Board.” The Board has full-time and community part-time members. Full-time members assist with administrative responsibilities and chair hearings. Part-time members represent the community-at-large in the parole/temporary absence decision-making process.
Community part-time members are drawn from the immediate or adjoining town or city in which correctional institutions are located.
The Board conducts hearings throughout the year in provincial correctional institutions and uses a two-member quorum system, which means two Board members sit on the panel to determine the outcome of each case. As part of a quorum, community part-time members decide to:
grant and set conditions of parole/temporary absence;
deny parole/temporary absence;
defer the decision to a later date;
undertake case reviews;
continue, terminate or revoke parole where parole has been suspended.