Long term offender designation

The Long-Term Offender (LTO) designation was created in 1997, primarily targeting sexual offenders. The legislation was developed in response to concerns that many sexual and violent offenders required specific attention, even though they did not meet the criteria for a dangerous offender designation. The LTO designation is given to individuals convicted of a "serious personal injury offence" who, on the evidence, are likely to re-offend. Offenders who can be managed through a regular sentence, along with a specific period of federal supervision in the community, can be designated a LTO that can result in a term of supervision of up to 10 years after an offender's release.

Criminal Code Provisions

In 1997, Parliament amended Part XXIV of the Criminal Code to create the "long-term offender" designation to help deal with offenders who are not captured by the dangerous offender provisions, but still present a high-risk of committing future sexual offences.

The following are the highlights of LTO provisions, as amended in 2008:

For more information:

The Investigation, Prosecution and Correctional Management of High-Risk Offenders:  A National Guide



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