Hundreds of rapists and pedophiles are missing. Hundreds more were never added to the system in the first place. In this web exclusive, macleans. If a child goes missing, investigators can search the database for known pedophiles who live in the surrounding postal codes. At the very least, the registry is a starting point for detectives with no other leads. For one thing, it was not designed to be retroactive.
Sex Offender Registry
National Sex Offender Registry
Sign up now for local breaking news alerts Subscribe. Canada's sex offender registry is currently only accessible to police, but some say the public should have access to more information on who is living in their communities. Nights like Halloween, where children head door-to-door, have some people realizing how little they know about their neighbours. Some B. James Conway moved to Mission in the summer, after the owners of his halfway house in Abbotsford chose not to renew the lease. The 41-year-old's crimes include sexual interference with a minor, sexual assault and arson, and B. Corrections issued a warning to the public at the time of the move.
Where can I find a list of any nearby sex offenders?
In 2004, the Sex Offender Information Registration Act established the National Sex Offender Registry, a national database containing information on convicted sex offenders. This database is administered by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police RCMP and provides police with rapid access to current vital information on convicted sex offenders to assist in the prevention or investigation of sexual offences. For example, police can access the sex offender database and query for a list of all known sex offenders within a geographic area. Any convicted sex offender on the Registry who lives, works, volunteers, goes to school or is even visiting temporarily in that geographical area will be instantly identified.
The Sex Offender Information Registration Act requires individuals convicted of designated sex offences to register with the police for 10 years, 20 years or for life depending on the offence and other factors. The purpose of the act is to help police prevent and investigate sex-related crimes. The database is not open to the public and cannot be used by police for public notifications.