The numbers are alarming, and they don’t tell the whole story.
During the 2013-2014 fiscal year, MCSC Investigators worked on a total of 178 registered files, closing 108 of them. That’s one child located, one family with answers, or one law enforcement partner with new information to take action on a case – every 3 days, all year long.
Before a case even becomes an active registration, each and every call we receive requires our team to assess the case, examine documentation, and review with law enforcement partners.
Our Investigators receive nearly 800 calls every year to help find missing children. Searching families, anonymous tipsters, law enforcement partners, government contacts – all asking for help to bring missing children home.
The first Canadian statistics on missing children were released in 1987. There were 57,233 children reported missing that year. In 2015, there were 45,288 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 2015. The second table displays a breakdown of the reported cases of missing children in 2015 by province, profile and sex. *These statistics may not reflect the actual number of children currently missing in our country.