Source: Restorative Justice Orientation Training Information Package. Restorative Justice and Dispute Resolution Branch, Correctional Services Canada.

According to Donald Evans, the development of restorative approaches to the management of offending behavior in Canada started with the introduction of victim-offender reconciliation programs and has expanded to sentencing circles and circles of support for released offenders. The major impetus for these approaches came from three main sources: the Mennonite Central Committee; the Church Council on Justice and Corrections; and Aboriginal communities. In this context Evans describes the main principles of restorative approaches in use in Canada, programs currently in operation, and three problematic areas facing restorative efforts.