The numbers are alarming, and they don’t tell the whole story.
The first Canadian statistics on missing children were released in 1987. There were 57,233 children reported missing that year. In 2019, there were 40, 425 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 2019. The second table displays a breakdown of the reported cases of missing children in 2019 by province, profile and sex. *These statistics may not reflect the actual number of children currently missing in our country.