Ontario Updates Christopher's Law
McGuinty Government Introduces Legislation To Amend Sex Offender Registry
Ontario is proposing changes to its sex offender registry that would, if passed, align the provincial registry with recent changes to the federal registry.
These changes would maintain the efficient sharing of information between both registries to support local crime investigations and help police services better protect their communities. The proposed amendments would, if passed, align the Ontario Sex Offender Registry with the National Registry in the following areas:
- Reporting obligations - to enable the province to require offenders to report within seven days instead of the current 15
- The addition of offenders convicted outside of Canada, and
- The addition of offenders pardoned under the Criminal Records Act
- The Ontario Sex Offender Registry has a compliance rate of more than 97 per cent.
- The Ontario Sex Offender Registry is accessed by Ontario police services more than 745 times every day on average.
- Since 2003, overall crime in Ontario has declined by 17 per cent.
- Ontario's Sex Offender Registry was the first of its kind in Canada.
“The Ontario Sex Offender Registry gives a powerful tool to our police officers to help protect our children. We now need to adjust it to ensure that it continues to work well with the national registry.”