What is MASONICh.I.P.?
The MASONICh.I.P. program uses modern, police-approved techniques to create a child identification kit for the ones you love.
The kit collects photos, video, voice recordings, digital fingerprints, saliva swabs as well as traditional statistical information (height, weight, hair and eye colour, etc.).
This information is matched to work seamlessly with Ontario's law enforcement providers. By being so compatible, the critical identifying information can be broadcast and shared more quickly than ever before to assist with the safe recovery of missing children.
The MASONICh.I.P. program is brought exclusively to families by dedicated Masons and their volunteers, free of charge along with our sentiment that "We hope you never need to use it."
What's in a MASONICh.I.P. Kit?
When a child has a kit prepared, their parent or guardian will receive a printed colour data sheet with several ID card inserts, a CD-ROM storing all the digital information, and a sealed bag with the cheek swab.
All this material and information is given to the parent or guardian. No information is ever stored by the MasoniChIP program.
How do we find a MASONICh.I.P. event?
Use the district list on the right to find an area near you. It will show you when the next events are taking place. You could also view the complete list of events for all districts.
If the event accepts walk-ins, just show up and register for your ID Kit. If the event is by appointment only, contact the listed event co-ordinator and book your sitting.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I sign up for a Child ID Kit?
- When will a MASONICh.I.P. Event be held near me?
- What should I bring to an event?
- What will I take home from a Child ID Kit session?
- How messy is the fingerprinting?
- What information do you store about my child?
- What does this cost?
- Is there some kind of micro-chip implanted into my child?