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Ontario Sex Offender Registry

Christopher’s Law: A bold measure in community safety

The Ontario Sex Offender Registry (OSOR) was created as a result of the abduction and murder of 11-year-old Christopher Stephenson by a convicted sex offender on June 18, 1988. Following the Coroner’s inquest into Christopher’s death, it was recommended that the Solicitor General of Canada, in conjunction with the Ontario Ministry of the Solicitor General, police and other appropriate bodies, establish a registry for convicted, dangerous, high-risk sexual offenders, and require each offender to register with police in the jurisdiction where the offender will reside or is residing.

Ontario proclaimed Christopher’s Law (Sex Offender Registry), 2000 on April 23, 2001, making the province the first jurisdiction in Canada to establish a sex offender registry.