Background - 2016 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 2016 Fast Fact Sheet has been prepared using numbers generated by the national Missing Children/Persons and Unidentified Remains (MC/PUR) Database, which 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 second 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 that 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 before 2015, so retroactive comparison to years before 2015 will not be completely correctFootnote 2. An occurrence is considered as belonging to the year 2016 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 2016 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 cause for 2016 Footnote *
Provinces (Population in 2016) 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  
Alberta (4,268,929) 4 2 1 5 151 301 0 0 0 0 1 0 254 305 0 2 0 0 733 1019 83 119 2980
British Columbia (4,773,345) 7 12 9 31 276 494 0 2 1 0 0 1 561 650 1 11 0 0 3215 4248 506 759 10784
Manitoba (1,323,958) 0 0 1 0 27 40 0 0 0 0 1 0 779 391 0 2 0 0 339 314 40 45 1979
New Brunswick (757,997) 0 1 0 1 5 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 40 58 0 0 0 0 58 116 5 15 326
Newfoundland and Labrador (530,376) 1 0 0 2 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 9 0 2 0 0 35 54 3 9 128
Nova Scotia (952,333) 1 0 0 1 6 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 47 0 0 0 0 40 78 25 59 309
Ontario (14,063,256) 1 4 1 5 236 419 0 0 4 2 0 0 685 827 2 3 6 0 1705 2170 256 391 6717
Prince Edward Island (149,278) 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 6 10 2 2 27
Quebec (8,349,793) 7 2 2 2 50 108 0 0 5 4 0 0 329 823 1 1 0 0 368 706 196 394 2998
Saskatchewan (1,155,393) 6 2 0 0 45 69 0 0 0 0 0 0 236 261 0 1 0 0 348 436 9 17 1430
Yukon Territory (37,624) 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 0 0 0 0 19 16 5 2 54
Northwest Territory (44,204) 0 1 0 0 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 18 17 0 2 52
Nunavut Territory (37,146) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 5
Total (36,443,632) 27 24 14 48 801 1496 0 2 10 6 2 1 2929 3380 4 23 6 0 6884 9188 1130  1814 27,789

One (1) female MP Subject and two (2) male MP Subjects were not included in this table as the province was classified under 'Other'.
Two hundred forty-five (245) 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 2016 Footnote **
 Provinces (Population in 2016) 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  
Alberta (4,268,929) 1 1 0 0 13 17 3 4 7 6 1 1 1988 1498 1 0 0 0 155 100 15 28 3839
British Columbia (4,773,345) 7 3 5 3 52 45 3 7 8 9 1 0 2293 955 0 1 0 0 2210 1351 480 187 7620
Manitoba (1,323,958) 1 0 0 0 13 10 2 0 3 7 1 0 6273 2672 6 3 2 0 729 352 59 21 10154
New Brunswick (757,997) 0 2 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 168 191 0 0 0 0 44 22 0 0 433
Newfoundland and Labrador (530,376) 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 120 151 0 0 0 0 105 119 15 6 519
Nova Scotia (952,333) 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 580 233 0 0 0 0 10 14 15 13 866
Ontario (14,063,256) 4 2 2 2 64 92 6 4 16 16 3 4 4673 4209 0 0 3 0 1247 970 226 205 11748
Prince Edward Island (149,278) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 17 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 40
Quebec (8,349,793) 2 4 3 1 8 13 4 5 14 9 0 0 1959 3028 0 0 0 0 383 544 141 169 6287
Saskatchewan (1,155,393) 1 0 0 0 6 5 1 0 2 3 1 1 1772 1242 0 0 0 0 547 404 12 14 4011
Yukon Territory (37,624) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 26 1 0 0 0 0 33 10 1 0 71
Northwest Territory (44,204) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 3 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 19
Nunavut Territory (37,146) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
Total (36,443,632) 16 14 10 7 157 187 19 20 51 50 7 6 19882 14201 7 4 5 0 5468 3891 964 643 45609

No MP Subjects had the province classified under 'Other'. 
Seventy-one (71) missing children reports were not included in this table as there was no probable cause entered.

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