The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, along with the Honourable Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu, Senator, announce proposed legislative amendments to strengthen the National Sex Offender Registry and the National DNA Data Bank. Justice Canada.
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.