The numbers are alarming, and they don’t tell the whole story.
During the 2012-2013 fiscal year, MCSC worked a total caseload of 251 registered files, closing 170 of them. That’s one case every two days. One child located, one family with answers, or one law enforcement partner with information to take action – every two days, all year long.
We typically receive 2-3 calls per day, or approximately 800 calls per year, from searching families.
The first Canadian statistics on missing children were released in 1987. There were 57,233 children reported missing that year. In 2013, there were 41,035 reports of missing children in Canada as reported by the RCMP using numbers provided by the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC). Please click here to view the Missing Children and Youth Reports Fast Fact Sheet for 2013. The second table displays a breakdown of the reported cases of missing children in 2013 by province, profile and sex. These statistics may not reflect the actual number of children currently missing in our country.