Are you Indigenous, charged with an offence, and looking at being sentenced to jail for your crime?

A Gladue Report may help you and your case

In 1999, the Supreme Court of Canada released a decision in R v. Gladue in its interpretation of 718.2 (e) of the Criminal Code of Canada and as such amendments were made in 1996 with respect to its interpretation in sentencing.

718.2 A court that imposes a sentence shall also take into consideration the following principals:

(e) all available sanctions other than imprisonment that are reasonable in the circumstances should be considered for all offenders, with particular attention to the circumstances of aboriginal offenders.


Once you have entered a guilty plea to an offence the Gladue Report will:

  • Assist the court in understanding your history and the circumstances that brought you before the court
  • Assist the presiding Judge to consider alternatives to custody in sentencing
  • Provide recommendations in sentencing for the court to consider

Criteria for Gladue Report

  • You must have entered a guilty plea to a charge
  • Thunder Bay is your primary residence
  • Must consent to the completion of a Gladue Report and be a willing participant

What is a Gladue Report?

The Gladue Report will consist of the following:

  • History of you and your family
  • Education
  • Employment/Poverty
  • Mental Health
  • Addictions
  • Experiences as a result of Residential School, 60’s Scoop, racism, discrimination, etc.
  • Criminal history
  • Cultural Connections
  • Healing and/or Treatment Plan
  • Other relevant information as identified

How does the Gladue Aftercare worker assist me?

The Gladue Aftercare Worker will provide you with:

  • support with addressing your immediate needs
  • work with you on a Healing Plan prior and following sentencing
  • assist in the development of your recommendations in the Gladue Report
  • assist you in following through with those recommendations
  • make referrals and advocate for you with other service providers

Are Gladue Reports Prepared for Bail Hearings?

Gladue Reports are not completed for Bail Hearings.

How do I request a Gladue Report?

  • Reports are generally requested by your Lawyer
  • Let the Crown or Judge know you would like to have a Gladue Report completed
  • Contact the Gladue Writer or Gladue Aftercare Worker for more information

NOTE: Once approved, Gladue Reports on average take 30 to 60 days to complete. This is dependent on how many reports are currently being prepared.


Request a Gladue Report:



    The Gladue Service Writer will acknowledge receipt of completed requests within 2-3 business days. If you do not receive notice of receipt please follow up by phone or email. The Gladue Service Program reserves the right to determine eligibility criteria. For more information please contact: Gladue Services Writer at (807) 345-5840.


    • The Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre will only consider preparing a Gladue Report after a client has pled guilty or was found guilty after trial.
    • A Gladue Report will only be prepared after the Crown’s initial position on sentence is known.
    • A Gladue Report will only be completed for those clients where Thunder Bay is their primary residence.
    • A Gladue Report will only be prepared for clients who have consented.
    • The Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre will give priority for Gladue reports to those clients that are facing six months or more in custody. We will also give priority for Gladue Reports to Indigenous women.
    • Upon receipt of the request for Gladue Report and if the Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre has approved a request for the completion of a Gladue Report, it cannot be assumed the report will be available on the date agreed upon.
    • Gladue Reports are produced in accordance with the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling in R. v Gladue (1999), specifically pertaining to the interpretation of section 718.2(e) of the Criminal Code, which directs the courts to consider the background and systemic factors of Indigenous offenders and alternative sanctions to imprisonment.

Gladue Report Documents