Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

March 18, 2010 11:27 ET

Government of Canada to Put Public Safety First in Considering International Transfer of Offenders

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 18, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety and Mr. Daniel Petit, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, today reintroduced the Keeping Canadians Safe (International Transfer of Offenders Act), the next step in making the protection of society the primary focus of the Canadian corrections system.

"Canadians deserve to feel safe in their communities. Our government is taking action to protect Canadians, their families and children, and to ensure offenders are held accountable for their actions in Canada and abroad," said Minister Toews.

The legislative amendments would clarify the International Transfer of Offenders Act by adding factors the Minister of Public Safety may consider when deciding whether an offender will be granted a transfer back to Canada. Additional factors include whether, in the opinion of the Minister, an offender would:

  • Endanger public safety;
  • Continue to engage in criminal activities following his or her transfer;
  • Endanger the safety of any child, in the case of an offender who has been convicted of a sexual offence against a child; and,
  • Whether the offender has been participating in rehabilitation and cooperating with law enforcement.

"Strengthening the Act will increase offender responsibility when assessing requests for transfer from other countries, and will help keep Canadians safe in their homes and communities," said Mr. Petit.

The government continues to take action to tackle crime and protect our communities. Just yesterday, the government introduced legislation that would strengthen the National Sex Offender Registry and the DNA Databank.

See also: Backgrounder - Keeping Canadians Safe (International Transfer of Offenders Act)

For an online version of the legislation, visit: www.parl.gc.ca.

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