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Quick Guide: Canada’s Sex Offender Registry

Quick Guide: Canada’s Sex Offender Registry

If you have been charged with any sexual crime, you should retain a criminal defence lawyer immediately; there are significant possible consequences to being convicted of sexual offences, including being placed on the sexual offender’s registry.

National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR)

Since 2004, if someone is found guilty of a sexual crime in Canada, they would be to register in the National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR), pursuant to the Sexual Offender Information Registry Act. The NSOR is primarily a police tool; it is maintained federally. The NSOR is only accessible to policing agencies and not to the public in general. The NSOR is intended to assist police in time-sensitive investigations and protect the public.

What Crimes Must Be Put On The National Sex Offender Registry?

Most sexual crimes require convicted offenders to report to the NSOR, including:

  • sexual assault
  • sexual assault with a weapon
  • aggravated sexual assault
  • sexual interference
  • invitation to sexual touching
  • sexual exploitation
  • incest
  • bestiality
  • child pornography (making, possession and/or distribution)
  • indecent exposure
  • Certain other offences that are proved to have committed intending to commit a sexual offence.

As the above list demonstrates, most sexual offences will require registering information with the NSOR.

What Information Does The Registry Keep?

Offenders must give their information to the NSOR within seven days of their being added. They must re-register annually and report any changes of information (i.e.: name or address).

The following information is kept by the NSOR:

  • full legal name
  • date of birth
  • address where offenders currently reside at
  • a current photograph
  • a list of identifying markers (i.e.: scars, tattoos, etc.)
  • vehicle information (make, model, year)
  • type of employment and employer’s address
  • list of sexual offences that the offender has been convicted of
  • provincial driver’s license information
  • passport information

The data can be accessed quickly by police departments and will be used to verify the information for the vulnerable sectors, and criminal record checks.

Being convicted of any crime can affect your ability to travel, find employment or apply for immigration status. Sexual crimes significantly can harm your chances of finding certain types of employment, especially those involving work with vulnerable persons.

Our Lawyers Can Guide You!

If you or a family member has been charged with any crime, the best way to avoid a conviction is to hire a criminal defence lawyer to fight for your rights. Ayaz Mehdi Professional Corporation has criminal lawyers who empathise with your side of the story.

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