Electronic Monitoring Research Pilot

As part of the Electronic Monitoring Research Pilot, some offenders may be required to wear an electronic monitoring (EM) device to allow the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) to make sure they are following certain special conditions while in the community. Offenders on EM are monitored 24 hours a day by CSC’s National Monitoring Centre (NMC).

CSC will decide, on a case by case basis, if EM should be used as a supervision tool for offenders released from an institution with a geographical restriction (meaning they have to stay in, or out of, certain areas).

 If CSC decides that EM is suitable for someone, the device will be applied to the offender’s ankle by a trained CSC staff member. From that point, the offender must make sure the device’s battery is always properly charged.

An alert will be sent to the NMC if an offender misses a curfew, enters a restricted area, leaves an area they are required to be in, or tries to tamper with or take off the device. When this happens, the NMC will respond accordingly, which could include issuing a warrant for arrest.

EM does not replace traditional methods of supervising offenders in the community, but merely adds to the many tools parole officers use when monitoring offenders in the community. EM is meant to be a short-term transition tool for offenders returning to the community.