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National Sex Offender Registry

National Sex Offender Registry

Quick Facts

  • Offenders are required to re-register annually and every time they change address, legal name, employment or volunteer activity.
  • Offenders convicted of a child sex offence must notify local police of any international travel. Other registered sex offenders must report any international travel of seven days or more.
  • Persons under order after having been convicted of a sex offence are required to remain registered for 10 years, 20 years or life–depending on the maximum length of the sentence for the crime.
  • The RCMP is responsible for the administration and maintenance of the database. Police services across Canada are responsible for collecting the data and enforcing the registration provisions.


The National Sex Offender Registry is a national registration system for sex offenders who have been convicted of designated sex offences and ordered by the courts to report annually to police.

The National Sex Offender Registry is a result of the Sex Offender Information Registration Act (SOIRA).

During the registration process, information on these individuals is added into the Sex Offender Registry database. This database is accessible to all accredited Canadian police agencies through a provincial/territorial registration centre.

As of December 1, 2016, new legislation has created additional mandatory requirements and reporting obligations for registered sex offenders who travel outside of Canada.

It is a database maintained by the RCMP that provides Canadian police services with important information that will improve their ability to investigate and prevent crimes of a sexual nature.

The public does not have access to the National Sex Offender Registry.

Public Safety in Action

Time is of the essence for police when locating sexual predators and investigating crimes committed by these offenders.

The National Sex Offender Registry is used to assist police in the investigation of crimes of a sexual nature by providing up-to-date information relating to convicted sex offenders and identifying all registered sex offenders living within a particular geographic area.

Information contained on the National Sex Offender Registry includes:

  • name
  • date of birth
  • current address
  • current photograph
  • identifying marks (e.g. tattoos, scars)
  • vehicle information
  • type of employment and address
  • sex offence(s) for which the offender has been convicted
  • provincial driver's license
  • passport information

Criminal Code designated offences under the SOIRA include:

  • sexual interference
  • invitation to sexual touching
  • sexual exploitation
  • incest
  • bestiality (compelling the commission of; and in presence of or by a child)
  • child pornography (making, possession, distribution)
  • parent or guardian procuring sexual activity
  • exposure
  • sexual assault
  • sexual assault with a weapon, threats to a third party or causing bodily harm
  • aggravated sexual assault
  • select offences where it can be proven that the offence was committed with the intent to commit an offence of a sexual nature
  • attempt or conspiracy to commit any of the above offences