Background - 2015 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 provides a national breakdown of missing persons reports by province, age (child or adult), sex, and probable cause. The NCMPUR 2015 Fast Fact Sheet has been prepared using numbers generated by the national Missing Children/Persons and Unidentified Remains (MC/PUR) Database, which is a new application that provides the necessary data and tools to coordinate a national approach to these investigations. MC/PUR includes occurrences which are currently open, and concluded occurrencesFootnote 1 only if they were open after May 16, 2014. This is the first year for which a full set of data exists in MC/PUR for statistical purposes.

The data in MC/PUR is derived from missing person transactions in the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC). Thus it is limited by the quality and types of data agencies enter into CPIC, and the techniques used by MC/PUR to compile that data. CPIC 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). MC/PUR uses algorithms in an attempt to identify and eliminate duplicate data and produce more accurate statistics. These algorithms are different from those used in previous years, so retroactive comparison to previous years will not be completely correctFootnote 2. An occurrence is considered as belonging to the year 2015 based on the reported Date Last SeenFootnote 3. The number of missing person subjects reported herein reflects a “point in time” and can change if records for 2015 cases are added, modified, or flagged as duplicateFootnote 4.

It is also important to note that in terms of probable cause, there is some subjectivity in the original CPIC data that populates MC/PUR, and it may not be consistently completed nor maintained by agencies.

While the 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 to provide a more comprehensive picture of the missing person reports. As the statistics become more descriptive, retroactive comparisons to previous years may not be possible.

Fast Fact Sheet - MC/PUR Missing adult subjects by province, sex and probable causeFootnote *
Provinces
(Population in 2015)
Abduction by stranger Accident Wandered Off

Parental Abduction with Custody Order

Parental Abduction without Custody Order Abducted by Relative Runaway Presumed Dead Human Trafficking Unknown Other Total
Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male  
Yukon Territory
(37,288)
0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 8 19 2 1 39
North West Territory
(44,253)
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 12 13 3 0 33
Nunavut Territory
(37,026)
0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 3
British Columbia
(4,703,939)
7 11 5 26 257 433 1 2 2 3 0 0 546 605 1 13 0 0 3083 3840 459 643 9937
Alberta
(4,216,875)
2 1 0 1 166 301 0 1 0 0 0 0 250 306 0 2 0 0 728 1077 89 132 3056
Saskatchewan
(1,138,879)
2 0 0 1 35 69 0 0 0 0 0 0 234 221 0 1 0 0 297 446 14 28 1348
Manitoba
(1,298,591)
0 0 0 2 18 48 0 0 0 0 0 0 693 279 1 1 0 0 298 272 35 36 1683
Ontario
(13,850,090)
0 6 1 5 207 403 1 0 1 1 0 0 690 736 3 5 5 0 1647 2074 318 410 6513
Quebec
(8,284,656)
2 10 0 6 36 108 2 1 3 1 0 0 292 644 0 3 4 0 397 706 165 350 2730
New Brunswick
(754,164)
0 0 0 0 4 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 57 0 0 0 0 49 82 6 15 266
Prince Edward Island
(146,679)
0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 6 1 1 18
Nova Scotia
(945,121)
0 0 1 1 8 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 31 0 0 0 0 40 91 31 70 320
Newfoundland and Labrador
(528,190)
0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 9 0 1 0 0 41 64 3 7 134
Total
(35,985,751)
13 28 7 43 734 1423 4 4 6 5 0 0 2764 2893 5 29 9 0 6603 8691 1126 1693 26,080

Seven (7) female MP Subjects and twenty-one (21) male MP Subjects were not included in this table as the province was classified under ‘Other’.
Two hundred thirty-eight (238) missing adult reports were not included in this table as there was no probable cause entered.

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Fast Fact Sheet - MC/PUR Missing child subjects by province, sex and probable cause for 2015Footnote **
Provinces
(Population in 2015)
Abduction by stranger Accident Wandered Off

Parental Abduction with Custody Order

Parental Abduction without Custody Order Abducted by Relative Runaway Presumed Dead Human Trafficking Unknown Other Total
Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male  
Yukon Territory
(37,288)
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 9 0 0 0 0 4 9 0 3 42
North West Territory
(44,253)
0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 6 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 21
Nunavut Territory
(37,026)
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
British Columbia
(4,703,939)
1 3 3 3 79 49 5 14 0 4 0 0 2206 1056 0 1 0 0 2120 1345 421 219 7529
Alberta
(4,216,875)
1 0 1 0 30 28 1 2 4 2 1 0 2045 1439 1 0 0 0 143 141 15 23 3877
Saskatchewan
(1,138,879)
0 0 0 1 9 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 1773 1050 0 0 0 0 441 339 16 12 3648
Manitoba
(1,298,591)
1 1 1 0 10 11 5 3 4 6 0 1 5392 2268 0 3 1 0 602 328 30 17 8684
Ontario
(13,850,090)
2 3 2 2 84 76 7 11 11 12 1 1 5508 4734 3 2 16 0 1087 886 232 220 12,900
Quebec
(8,284,656)
5 3 2 5 3 9 6 7 10 6 2 1 2218 3187 0 1 1 1 448 594 145 149 6803
New Brunswick
(754,164)
1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 196 237 0 0 0 0 34 25 2 2 501
Prince Edward Island
(146,679)
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 13
Nova Scotia
(945,121)
0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 452 398 0 0 0 0 22 13 9 14 910
Newfoundland and Labrador
(528,190)
0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 173 59 0 0 0 0 84 28 12 3 360
Total
(35,985,751)
11 13 10 11 216 178 24 40 30 31 4 3 19,995 14,450 4 7 18 1 4986 3711 882 663 45,288

Four (4) Female MP Subjects and one (1) Male MP Subject were not included in this table as the province was classified under ‘Other’.
Sixty-four (64) missing children reports were not included in this table as there was no probable cause entered.

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