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Missing children in Canada: By the numbers in 2017

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Missing children in Canada: 2017 by the numbers

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The National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains provides a national breakdown of missing persons reports by province, age (child or adult), sex, and probable cause. Read it here.

The 2017 numbers were prepared from data generated by the national Missing Children/Persons and Unidentified Remains Database. Data comes from incidents reported by police into the Canadian Police Information Centre, or CPIC.

It's limited by the quality of the information police report. Incidences of missing children, such as runaways, can end up being reported more than once, or deleted, or reported by more than one police jurisdiction depending on where the child is believed to have gone.

Algorithms are used to help sort out discrepancies. Numbers for this fact sheet were generated on Feb. 12, 2018. Population numbers were also taken from that day.

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