Child identification program sponsored by the Masonic Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario working with regional and national law enforcement agencies.


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Media Release - MASONICh.I.P. Turns 11!

Wed, May 29th, 2019 MASONICH.I.P. Ontario – A sigh of Relief for Ontario Parents. Ontario Masons’ Child Identification program has celebrated it’s 4th anniversary and has completed over 42,000 child id kits free of charge to families in Ontario » More

35,000 Identity Kits Provided So Far

Mon, Nov 9th, 2009 New milestone set for the MasoniCh.I.P. program. » More

MasoniCh.I.P. Ontario Recognized by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Thu, Jul 30th, 2009 Award presented to MasonCh.I.P. » More

Our 10,000th Child

Sun, Oct 12th, 2008 Milestone reached at New Hamburg Ontario during MasoniChIP event at local fire hall. » More


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I sign up for a Child ID Kit?
  2. When will a MASONICh.I.P. Event be held near me?
  3. What should I bring to an event?
  4. What will I take home from a Child ID Kit session?
  5. How messy is the fingerprinting?
  6. What information do you store about my child?
  7. What does this cost?
  8. Is there some kind of micro-chip implanted into my child?


How do I sign up for a Child ID Kit?

Child ID Kits are created during one a MasoniChIP event. To find an event near you, you can:

  1. View the Event calendar for the various regions on Ontario.
  2. Search the Event calendar.

When you find an event near you, read the Event Details page for more information. Some events accept walk-ins while others require appointments in advance. If an event requires appointments, there will always be a phone number or email address to reserve your place.

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When will a MASONICh.I.P. Event be held near me?

We are adding new events to the MASONICh.I.P. Calendar of Events all the time. If you don't see an event being held in your region of Ontario (and you have searched for your nearby community names) please feel free to contact us to enquire about helping to get an event set up for your area.

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What should I bring to an event?

All the Child ID Kits will require that you fill in some information about your child(ren). This will include their full name, eye and hair colour, height, weight and any distinquishing marks. A height chart and weight scale will normally be provided. Any emergency contact information will also be needed.

The child will have some video taken with them answering a few simple questions about themselves. Preparing the child to say their name, where they like to play, what they like to do, etc. while on camera and talking into a microphone may be helpful.

The other biometric information collected is a cheek swab and the child should be prepared for this simple and short procedures and the parent or guardian can help with this.

Lastly, for younger children, you might want to bring a preferred toy to help attract their attention during the photo and video session. Plus, this is just always a good idea!

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What will I take home from a Child ID Kit session?

There are a few take-home items which come from the Child ID Kit session. These include:

  • 2 printed wallet-sized ID cards for the child to have on them.
  • 1 general information sheet with the Child ID kit details and fingerprints.
  • 1 CD-ROM with:
    • Digital (PDF) versions of the ID cards and information sheet.
    • Still photos of the child
    • Video file of the child
    • Fingerprint files
  • A sealed bag with:
    • Cheeck swab

Note: the CD-ROM is standard format suitable for use on all modern computers. We encourage you to make copies of this disk to share with family or places where the child may spend some time.

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How messy is the fingerprinting?

Not messy at all! We use a modern digital fingerprinting techonlogy which uses no ink. The child's fingers are scanned using a small device like a photocopier and their fingerprints are stored on the CD-ROM that you take home with you.

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What information do you store about my child?

None at all. After each child has their Child ID Kit created for them, their information is erased from the software on the computer used to create the kit. The only copy of this information is on your take-home CD-ROM and the printed infromation and ID sheets which are given to you. There is no further connection between your private information and the MasoniChIP organization.

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What does this cost?

This is a free service provided by the Masonic Grand Lodge in Ontario and your local Freemasons. All costs are paid for through various fund-raising activities which these groups hold throughout the year in your neighbourhoods.

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Is there some kind of micro-chip implanted into my child?

Absolutely not!!!!  The Ch.I.P part of our name is an acronym for Child Identification Program.

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