John Howard Society of York Region

Federal Diversion Program

The Federal Diversion Program is an alternative to prosecution for adults 18 years and older who have been charged with minor federal offences. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Federal Crown Attorney’s office and participation in this program is voluntary. Sanctions are determined either by a Federal Crown Attorney or by our Court Intake Workers. This program involves accused persons being held accountable for their actions through relevant and meaningful community-based sanctions.

Sanctions available through the Federal Diversion Program may include but are not limited to: community service hours and/or programming to address issues that may be underlying to criminal involvement.

By successfully completing the sanction(s) imposed through this program, individuals are held accountable for their actions and in turn, give back to their community and/or repair the harm their criminal charge has caused. Successful program completion allows for federal charge(s) to be withdrawn by the court. Individuals who do not successfully complete their sanctions to the satisfaction of the Court Intake Workers or to the court will be returned to the formal court process.

This program is a fee for service initiative

For more information on this program, please contact:

Tricia Samaroo
Program Coordinator
t: 905.470.0003 ext. 204
f: 905.470.0090

Newmarket Courthouse: 905-895-2950