The first VORP was initiated in Kitchener, Ontario, in 1974. It grew out of the Joint activity of the Ministry of Correctional Services and the Mennonite Central Committee. By 1980 the program had become independent and was operated on a contract basis with the local probation office.

VORP in Durham Region began in December 1981, under the auspices of the Social Planning Council of Ajax-Pickering which contracted with Pickering Probation and Parole Services. In April, 1986, the program became incorporated as an independent, non-profit organization administered by a voluntary board of directors. The main funding source from the beginning of the program has been the Ontario Ministry of Correctional Services. Other contributions have been made by local churches and service organizations.

VORP was adopted under the umbrella of Community Justice Alternatives of Durham Region (CJA), along with programs such as the victim-offender reconciliation, the preparation of victim impact reports and other services to victims.