Long-Term and Dangerous Offender Designation

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See also: List of Dangerous Offender Designated Offences

Part XXIV of the Code, between s. 752 and 761, creates a regime to designate certain offenders as either "long-term offenders" (LTO) or "dangerous offenders" (DO). These offenders will be subject to either a long-term offender supervision order, in the case of an LTO, or an order of indeterminate detention, in the case of the DO.


The provisions of the Criminal Code regarding indefinite detention arose from the 1938 Archambault Report that recommended implementing a regime that separated dangerous offenders from society. In 1947 the first amendments were made creating a indefinite detention order for "habitual criminals".[1]

The first amendment to the Criminal Code introducing the dangerous offender regime was in 1977.[2] It was later amended in 1997 and the in 2008 with the Tackling Violent Crime Act (SC 2008, c. 6).[3]

  1. R v Ipeelee, 2012 SCC 13 (CanLII) at paras 40 to 45
  2. Boutilier at para 24
  3. Boutilier at para 23
    see List of Criminal Code Amendments