Policy Bulletin

Policy Bulletin 508

Why were the policies developed?

Legislative amendments to the Corrections and Conditional Release Act permit the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) to demand that some offenders wear an electronic monitoring device to monitor certain special conditions while in the community (CCRA, s. 57.1).

CSC will be conducting an Electronic Monitoring (EM) Research Pilot across the country commencing in the summer of 2015. EM will be available for certain higher risk offenders in order to monitor compliance with geographical conditions of release while in the community on statutory release, full parole, day parole, temporary absence, work release or long-term supervision. CSC is implementing a phased approach to ensure a smooth and structured transition. CSC will start with the Ontario Region in the summer of 2015 and will expand to the Quebec Region, followed by Prairies, Pacific and then the Atlantic Region. The research and evaluation will examine the cost-effectiveness of electronic monitoring, as well as any added benefit of EM over current practice, in effectively supervising offenders who are conditionally released or subject to a long-term supervision order (LTSO).

How were they developed?

These policies (CD and GL) were developed jointly by the Community Reintegration Branch, the Research Branch and Strategic Policy Division at NHQ, in consultation with internal and external stakeholders.


Accountabilities are detailed in the CD and GL.

Who will be affected by the policies?

CSC operational staff across the country.

Expected cost?

The EM Research Pilot is funded within existing resource levels within the Community Reintegration Branch and the Research Branch.

Other impacts?



For more information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.