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December 15, 2010 17:10 ET

Harper Government's Legislation to Protect Victims From Sex Offenders Becomes Law

Legislation gives our police the tools they need to make our families safe

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 15, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Minister of Public Safety, announced today that Bill S-2, Protecting Victims from Sex Offenders Act, has become law. This legislation strengthens the National Sex Offender Registry and the National DNA Data Bank to make them effective tools for police to protect the safety of our families and communities.

"The passing of these important new tools for our police is outstanding news for the safety of our families and communities. I am pleased that our Government has now passed this legislation that will ensure that the National Sex Offender Registry is an effective tool for police to use in order to prevent and investigate crimes," said Minister Toews. "Our Government has once again delivered action that works to put the rights of victims and the most vulnerable in our society first."

As a result of the Harper Government's actions, the Protecting Victims from Sex Offenders Act will better protect Canadians from being victimized by sexual offenders:

  • All sex offenders are automatically included in the Registry.

  • Mandatory DNA samples will be collected from offenders convicted of sexual offenses and stored in the National DNA Data Bank.

"Front-line police officers across Canada appreciate that this Government has taken the steps necessary to ensure that we have access to the modern tools required to investigate serious sexual offences," said Canadian Police Association President Charles Momy. "Nobody knows better than police the frustration of not having the necessary information to protect the victims of sexual offences, and this law represents a major step forward in preventing that from taking place."

In addition:

  • Police will now have the ability to use the Sex Offender Registry pro-actively to prevent crime.

  • Individuals convicted of sex offences abroad are now included in the Sex Offender Registry upon their return to Canada.

"Keeping sex offenders off the street is critical in maintaining the safety of our children," said Paul Gillespie, President and CEO of the Kids' Internet Safety Alliance "However, when sex offenders are released from jail, it is not only imperative that their movements be closely monitored, but also that the police have relevant information about their previous criminal behaviour. This law accomplishes that, and thus, keeps our children safe."

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