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Public Safety Canada

March 17, 2010 15:30 ET

Canada Takes Action to Strengthen the National Sex Offender Registry and the National DNA Data Bank

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 17, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, along with the Honourable Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, Senator, today announced proposed legislative amendments to strengthen the National Sex Offender Registry and the National DNA Data Bank.

"Our government is taking action to ensure that sex offenders are properly identified so that police have the tools to do their job, and so Canadians can feel safe in their communities," said Minister Toews. "This legislation will strengthen the National Sex Offender Registry and the National DNA Data Bank, to provide greater protection for our children and all Canadians."

The proposed amendments would ensure that:

  • convicted sex offenders are automatically included in the Registry;
  • convicted sex offenders are automatically included in the Data Bank;
  • police can use the Registry proactively to prevent sexual offences, not just to investigate crimes after the fact;
  • authorities can include in the Registry those returning to Canada after being convicted of sex offences outside the country;
  • such offenders are required to report their conviction to police within 7 days of arriving in Canada;
  • police can notify foreign or other Canadian police when high-risk offenders are travelling in their area;
  • the same reforms would apply to the military justice system;
  • offenders must report details of their employment and volunteer work and absences from their residence of 7 days or more;
  • authorities can notify the registration centre of the offender's address when serving custody temporarily in the community for 7 days or more;
  • the Registry includes information regarding the offender's vehicle(s), including company vehicles – license plate, make, model, body type, year of manufacture and colour; and
  • the Registry includes information on how the offender committed their crimes (method of operation), to help police investigate subsequent cases.

 "We are committed to advancing this legislation to ensure that the National Sex Offender Registry is an effective tool to prevent and investigate crimes," added Senator Boisvenu. "Our Government will continue to work with the provinces and territories, our partners in the administration and enforcement of the Registry."

See also:

  • Backgrounder - Canada takes action to strengthen the National Sex Offender Registry and the National DNA Data Bank  
  • Summary of Amendments adopted at Committee Stage
  • www.parl.gc.ca for an online version of the legislation

For more information, please visit the website www.publicsafety.gc.ca.

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