The first Canadian statistics on missing children were released in 1987. There were 57,233 children reported missing that year.
In 2011, there were 46,718 reports of missing children in Canada as recorded by the RCMP. The following table displays a breakdown of the reported cases of missing children in 2011.
These statistics are not cumulative and do not reflect the actual number of children currently missing in our country.
For full statistical information, please visit the RCMP's website, Canada's Missing to view the most current available statistics.
During the 2011/2012 fiscal year, MCSC worked a total caseload of 197 files, closing 128 of them. That’s one case every three days. (By comparison, The RCMP's National Missing Children Operations provided assistance to 170 cases in 2011, closing 140 of their cases.)
We currently receive 2-3 calls per day or approximately 800 calls per year from searching families wanting to register new files with us for their missing children.
Every call is fielded by our Investigation Team. Every call requires our team to assess the case, review documentation, connect with networks and law enforcement partners before it even becomes an active registration with MCSC.