Electronic Supervision Program Availability

Electronic supervision is a court-ordered condition most suitable for high-risk individuals when there is a substantial concern that they will commit a serious, violent or sexually motivated offence.

When a client violates a condition that is electronically monitored, BC Corrections’ Central Monitoring Unit receives an immediate alert. The unit operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Immediately upon receiving an alert, staff analyze the information associated with the alert and take action.

Last updated: April 22, 2021

Electronic supervision during COVID-19

After briefly suspending new intakes between March and June 2020, the Electronic Supervision Program resumed on July 2, 2020, with the following health and safety protocols in place:

  • Screening all new program intakes for COVID-19 symptoms and re-booking in-person appointments until they are symptom-free.
  • The use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including masks, shields, eye protection and gloves, wipes and sanitizer, and adjustable and/or flexible barriers as needed, when attaching and removing ankle bracelets, and when conducting home visits for the completion of a Technical Suitability Report.

Electronic supervision of clients fitted with an ankle bracelet before the program’s brief suspension was uninterrupted.

New intakes during COVID-19

For clients who are new to the Electronic Supervision Program, a home visit is required to assess the technical suitability of the client’s residence and to consider any factors that may impact the successful application of electronic supervision before enrollment in the program.

For a new intake, the court should order a Technical Suitability Report at least two weeks before the individual’s release or sentencing.

New clients should also be directed to report to their Community Corrections office to have the equipment applied and tested, as the physical environment of a correctional centre can prevent staff from ensuring electronic supervision equipment is working properly.