How many registered sex offenders live in your neighbourhood? Find out here

News May 09, 2014 Cambridge Times

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story links to a map created by Global News from data provided by the Ministry Of Community Safety and Correctional Services in 2014, using data from April 2014 and 2008. It is by no means an accurate reflection of the current situation and should not be considered as such.

CAMBRIDGE – Before this week, it was nearly impossible to learn if there are registered sex offenders living near you.

But after six years of court battles, Global News has secured a database from the Ministry Of Community Safety and Correctional Services revealing where sex offenders are living in Ontario by postal code (click here to view and use the map).

According to the map, central Kitchener has the highest concentration of registered sex offenders in the region.

A Supreme Court ordered the ministry to release the information after Global filed a Freedom of Information request … and then waited six years for answers. Initially, the ministry refused to release the information, arguing it could lead to the identification of sex offenders living in the community.

In an online graphic, Global used an interactive map to show a general area where registered sex offenders are living based on postal codes. It does not use exact addresses.

Anyone who is an Ontario resident and has been convicted of a sexual offence anywhere in Canada or who has been found not criminally responsible for a sex offence must register with the Ontario Sex Offender Registry.

How many registered sex offenders live in your neighbourhood? Find out here

News May 09, 2014 Cambridge Times

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story links to a map created by Global News from data provided by the Ministry Of Community Safety and Correctional Services in 2014, using data from April 2014 and 2008. It is by no means an accurate reflection of the current situation and should not be considered as such.

CAMBRIDGE – Before this week, it was nearly impossible to learn if there are registered sex offenders living near you.

But after six years of court battles, Global News has secured a database from the Ministry Of Community Safety and Correctional Services revealing where sex offenders are living in Ontario by postal code (click here to view and use the map).

According to the map, central Kitchener has the highest concentration of registered sex offenders in the region.

A Supreme Court ordered the ministry to release the information after Global filed a Freedom of Information request … and then waited six years for answers. Initially, the ministry refused to release the information, arguing it could lead to the identification of sex offenders living in the community.

In an online graphic, Global used an interactive map to show a general area where registered sex offenders are living based on postal codes. It does not use exact addresses.

Anyone who is an Ontario resident and has been convicted of a sexual offence anywhere in Canada or who has been found not criminally responsible for a sex offence must register with the Ontario Sex Offender Registry.

How many registered sex offenders live in your neighbourhood? Find out here

News May 09, 2014 Cambridge Times

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story links to a map created by Global News from data provided by the Ministry Of Community Safety and Correctional Services in 2014, using data from April 2014 and 2008. It is by no means an accurate reflection of the current situation and should not be considered as such.

CAMBRIDGE – Before this week, it was nearly impossible to learn if there are registered sex offenders living near you.

But after six years of court battles, Global News has secured a database from the Ministry Of Community Safety and Correctional Services revealing where sex offenders are living in Ontario by postal code (click here to view and use the map).

According to the map, central Kitchener has the highest concentration of registered sex offenders in the region.

A Supreme Court ordered the ministry to release the information after Global filed a Freedom of Information request … and then waited six years for answers. Initially, the ministry refused to release the information, arguing it could lead to the identification of sex offenders living in the community.

In an online graphic, Global used an interactive map to show a general area where registered sex offenders are living based on postal codes. It does not use exact addresses.

Anyone who is an Ontario resident and has been convicted of a sexual offence anywhere in Canada or who has been found not criminally responsible for a sex offence must register with the Ontario Sex Offender Registry.