Background - 2014 Fast Fact Sheet

Introduction

Since 2010, the National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains (NCMPUR) has produced the NCMPUR Fast Fact Sheet. This fact sheet replaces the Missing Children's Annual Reference Report and provides a national breakdown of missing persons reports by province, age (child or adult), sex and probable cause. The NCMPUR Fast Fact Sheet has been prepared using numbers provided within the Canadian Police Information Centre's (CPIC) 2014 Missing Persons Statistical Report.

It is important to note that these numbers illustrate the number of missing person transactions in CPIC, rather than the number of missing individuals. Transactions include repeat runaways and situations where a single instance of a missing person may be entered and deleted multiple times by different agencies over a period of time (e.g., a child goes missing with the initial report being filed with one police service, however, further investigation indicates the file falls within another police service's jurisdiction).

The attached tables include data provided by CPIC that are more indicative of the number of actual missing persons reports. Although the CPIC program utilized attempts to remove duplications, it is not currently possible to know the variability caused by these additional factors listed above, given the available data. The number of CPIC transactions reflects a "point in time" and can change dynamically as records are added, modified, or removed. It is also important to note that there is some subjectivity in the CPIC data related to probable cause, as the person who enters the data is left to determine which "probable cause" category s/he believes the missing person falls into. As well, although both parental abduction (with custody order and with no custody order), runaway, and the other categories, are defined in CPIC as applying only to children, subjects under 18, and youth respectively, adults are sometimes entered into these categories.

While NCMPUR anticipates that future fast fact sheets will be in a similar format to the one produced this year, the categories may change in future years as CPIC adds more data fields to provide a more comprehensive picture of the missing person report. As the statistics become more descriptive, backward comparisons to previous years may not be possible.

Fast Fact Sheet - CPIC Missing Adult Reports by province, profile, and sex for 2014*
Provinces
(Population in 2014)
Abduction by stranger Accident Wandered Off Parental Abduction with Custody Parental Abduction without Custody Runaway Unknown Other Total
Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male
Yukon Territory
(36,758)
0 0 4 25 2 5 0 0 0 0 4 4 9 16 4 5 78
North West Territory
(43,795)
0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 9 7 2 2 25
Nunavut Territory
(36,687)
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
British Columbia
(4,657,947)
8 1 10 57 171 297 1 2 0 1 414 440 2567 3116 255 361 7701
Alberta
(4,145,992)
1 2 0 6 79 129 2 0 0 0 140 140 529 852 46 90 2016
Saskatchewan
(1,129,899)
1 0 0 5 14 30 0 0 0 0 151 159 268 327 16 15 986
Manitoba
(1,286,323)
0 0 0 5 20 48 0 0 0 0 642 242 279 247 31 27 1541
Ontario
(13,730,187)
3 1 3 6 187 349 0 1 2 0 525 605 1441 1831 264 363 5581
Quebec
(8,236,310)
2 4 0 10 37 101 0 2 2 1 179 431 349 673 154 342 2287
New Brunswick
(754,643)
2 1 0 4 9 23 0 0 0 0 22 26 45 85 7 9 233
Prince Edward Island
(146,524)
0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 2 2 0 2 13
Nova Scotia
(943,932)
0 1 0 1 4 16 0 0 0 0 10 17 48 78 36 71 282
Newfoundland and Labrador
(526,837)
0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 11 8 27 64 2 13 127
Total 17 10 17 119 525 1003 4 5 4 2 2100 2076 5573 7298 817 1301 20871

*Data subject to caveats outlined in the Introduction section.

Sixty-two (62) missing adult reports were not included in this table as there was an invalid/no profile for probable cause of going missing.

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Fast Fact Sheet - CPIC Missing Children and Youth reports by province, profile, and sex for 2014**
Provinces
(Population in 2014)
Abduction by stranger Accident Wandered Off Parental Abduction with Custody Parental Abduction without Custody Runaway Unknown Other Total
Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male
Yukon Territory
(36,758)
0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 34 44 2 6 1 5 96
North West Territory
(43,795)
0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 13 1 14 1 1 1 34
Nunavut Territory
(36,687)
0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
British Columbia
(4,657,947)
2 2 4 3 103 55 6 5 5 2 2001 1152 2220 1296 302 203 7361
Alberta
(4,145,992)
3 1 0 0 14 18 4 7 2 3 1643 1394 147 138 20 16 3410
Saskatchewan
(1,129,899)
1 1 1 0 3 5 0 0 2 0 1726 918 397 295 9 8 3366
Manitoba
(1,286,323)
1 0 1 1 5 10 0 1 1 1 3833 1709 621 235 25 14 6458
Ontario
(13,730,187)
3 3 4 3 91 95 10 16 14 11 6074 4794 998 911 285 244 13556
Quebec
(8,236,310)
3 1 3 2 8 14 3 6 9 10 1907 2362 537 539 177 175 5756
New Brunswick
(754,643)
0 4 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 145 109 28 21 1 1 313
Prince Edward Island
(146,524)
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 5 0 0 1 1 16
Nova Scotia
(943,932)
1 0 2 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 328 270 11 14 6 14 650
Newfoundland and Labrador
(526,837)
1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 187 31 67 17 16 3 325
Total 15 14 16 12 225 205 25 36 34 27 17900 12789 5042 3473 844 685 41342

*Data subject to caveats outlined in the Introduction section.

Twenty-two (22) missing children reports were not included in this table as there was an invalid/no profile for probable cause of going missing.

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