The numbers are alarming, and they don’t tell the whole story.
During the 2015 – 2016 fiscal year, MCSC worked on a total of 547 cases including
our CodeSearch support and our hands-on Investigations team.
Investigators worked on a total of 208 files, closing 143 of them – that’s the
equivalent of one closed file every 2.5 days.
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 2016, there were 45,609 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 2016. The second table displays a breakdown of the reported cases of missing children in 2016 by province, profile and sex. *These statistics may not reflect the actual number of children currently missing in our country.