Missing People Resources

Northwest Territories Amber Alert Guidelines

The AMBER Alert program is a voluntary cooperative plan between provincial law enforcement agencies and various partners who work together to increase collaboration in an effort to safely recover missing children.

AMBER Alert programs are in effect in all 10 provinces in Canada; however, the three territories have not yet implemented AMBER Alert programs in their jurisdictions. Each province has agreements with various departments, agencies, and other entities for their AMBER Alert programs. For example, all provinces have agreements with broadcasting associations.

A national agreement is currently in place between the RCMP, on behalf of the provinces, and the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) which allows for AMBER Alerts to be sent out through short messaging system (SMS) to anyone who registers their cellular telephone.

If you wish to receive AMBER Alert text messages on your cellular phone, please visit www.wirelessamber.ca to register your mobile phone number for free.

The RCMP’s NCMPUR Operations coordinates the National Amber Alert Working Group (NAAWG), which is a national working group comprised of provincial law enforcement agencies Amber Alert coordinators.

Guidelines

  • AMBER Alert may be activated only by the police.
  • AMBER Alert is intended only for the most serious, time critical abduction cases.
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Nunavut Amber Alert Guidelines

The AMBER Alert program is a voluntary cooperative plan between provincial law enforcement agencies and various partners who work together to increase collaboration in an effort to safely recover missing children.

AMBER Alert programs are in effect in all 10 provinces in Canada; however, the three territories have not yet implemented AMBER Alert programs in their jurisdictions. Each province has agreements with various departments, agencies, and other entities for their AMBER Alert programs. For example, all provinces have agreements with broadcasting associations.

A national agreement is currently in place between the RCMP, on behalf of the provinces, and the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) which allows for AMBER Alerts to be sent out through short messaging system (SMS) to anyone who registers their cellular telephone.

If you wish to receive AMBER Alert text messages on your cellular phone, please visit www.wirelessamber.ca to register your mobile phone number for free.

The RCMP’s NCMPUR Operations coordinates the National Amber Alert Working Group (NAAWG), which is a national working group comprised of provincial law enforcement agencies Amber Alert coordinators.

Guidelines

  • AMBER Alert may be activated only by the police.
  • AMBER Alert is intended only for the most serious, time critical abduction cases.
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Yukon Amber Alert Guidelines

The AMBER Alert program is a voluntary cooperative plan between provincial law enforcement agencies and various partners who work together to increase collaboration in an effort to safely recover missing children.

AMBER Alert programs are in effect in all 10 provinces in Canada; however, the three territories have not yet implemented AMBER Alert programs in their jurisdictions. Each province has agreements with various departments, agencies, and other entities for their AMBER Alert programs. For example, all provinces have agreements with broadcasting associations.

A national agreement is currently in place between the RCMP, on behalf of the provinces, and the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) which allows for AMBER Alerts to be sent out through short messaging system (SMS) to anyone who registers their cellular telephone.

If you wish to receive AMBER Alert text messages on your cellular phone, please visit www.wirelessamber.ca to register your mobile phone number for free.

The RCMP’s NCMPUR Operations coordinates the National Amber Alert Working Group (NAAWG), which is a national working group comprised of provincial law enforcement agencies Amber Alert coordinators.

Guidelines

  • AMBER Alert may be activated only by the police.
  • AMBER Alert is intended only for the most serious, time critical abduction cases.
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Newfoundland and Labrador Amber Alert Guidelines

The AMBER Alert program is a voluntary cooperative plan between provincial law enforcement agencies and various partners who work together to increase collaboration in an effort to safely recover missing children.

AMBER Alert programs are in effect in all 10 provinces in Canada; however, the three territories have not yet implemented AMBER Alert programs in their jurisdictions. Each province has agreements with various departments, agencies, and other entities for their AMBER Alert programs. For example, all provinces have agreements with broadcasting associations.

A national agreement is currently in place between the RCMP, on behalf of the provinces, and the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) which allows for AMBER Alerts to be sent out through short messaging system (SMS) to anyone who registers their cellular telephone.

If you wish to receive AMBER Alert text messages on your cellular phone, please visit www.wirelessamber.ca to register your mobile phone number for free.

The RCMP’s NCMPUR Operations coordinates the National Amber Alert Working Group (NAAWG), which is a national working group comprised of provincial law enforcement agencies Amber Alert coordinators.

Guidelines

  • AMBER Alert may be activated only by the police.
  • AMBER Alert is intended only for the most serious, time critical abduction cases.
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PEI Amber Alert Guidelines

The AMBER Alert program is a voluntary cooperative plan between provincial law enforcement agencies and various partners who work together to increase collaboration in an effort to safely recover missing children.

AMBER Alert programs are in effect in all 10 provinces in Canada; however, the three territories have not yet implemented AMBER Alert programs in their jurisdictions. Each province has agreements with various departments, agencies, and other entities for their AMBER Alert programs. For example, all provinces have agreements with broadcasting associations.

A national agreement is currently in place between the RCMP, on behalf of the provinces, and the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) which allows for AMBER Alerts to be sent out through short messaging system (SMS) to anyone who registers their cellular telephone.

If you wish to receive AMBER Alert text messages on your cellular phone, please visit www.wirelessamber.ca to register your mobile phone number for free.

The RCMP’s NCMPUR Operations coordinates the National Amber Alert Working Group (NAAWG), which is a national working group comprised of provincial law enforcement agencies Amber Alert coordinators.

Guidelines

  • AMBER Alert may be activated only by the police.
  • AMBER Alert is intended only for the most serious, time critical abduction cases.
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New Brunswick Amber Alert Guidelines

The AMBER Alert program is a voluntary cooperative plan between provincial law enforcement agencies and various partners who work together to increase collaboration in an effort to safely recover missing children.

AMBER Alert programs are in effect in all 10 provinces in Canada; however, the three territories have not yet implemented AMBER Alert programs in their jurisdictions. Each province has agreements with various departments, agencies, and other entities for their AMBER Alert programs. For example, all provinces have agreements with broadcasting associations.

A national agreement is currently in place between the RCMP, on behalf of the provinces, and the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) which allows for AMBER Alerts to be sent out through short messaging system (SMS) to anyone who registers their cellular telephone.

If you wish to receive AMBER Alert text messages on your cellular phone, please visit www.wirelessamber.ca to register your mobile phone number for free.

The RCMP’s NCMPUR Operations coordinates the National Amber Alert Working Group (NAAWG), which is a national working group comprised of provincial law enforcement agencies Amber Alert coordinators.

Guidelines

  • AMBER Alert may be activated only by the police.
  • AMBER Alert is intended only for the most serious, time critical abduction cases.
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Nova Scotia Amber Alert Guidelines

The AMBER Alert program is a voluntary cooperative plan between provincial law enforcement agencies and various partners who work together to increase collaboration in an effort to safely recover missing children.

AMBER Alert programs are in effect in all 10 provinces in Canada; however, the three territories have not yet implemented AMBER Alert programs in their jurisdictions. Each province has agreements with various departments, agencies, and other entities for their AMBER Alert programs. For example, all provinces have agreements with broadcasting associations.

A national agreement is currently in place between the RCMP, on behalf of the provinces, and the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) which allows for AMBER Alerts to be sent out through short messaging system (SMS) to anyone who registers their cellular telephone.

If you wish to receive AMBER Alert text messages on your cellular phone, please visit www.wirelessamber.ca to register your mobile phone number for free.

The RCMP’s NCMPUR Operations coordinates the National Amber Alert Working Group (NAAWG), which is a national working group comprised of provincial law enforcement agencies Amber Alert coordinators.

Guidelines

  • AMBER Alert may be activated only by the police.
  • AMBER Alert is intended only for the most serious, time critical abduction cases.
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Quebec Amber Alert Guidelines

TRIPPING CRITERIA

OPERATION

In Quebec, only two police forces are authorized to trigger an AMBER alert. These are the Police Service of the City of Montreal (SPVM), responsible for the Island of Montreal, and the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), responsible for the rest of Quebec. For its part, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is a partner of the AMBER program in Quebec, thanks to its support, during the triggers, to the law enforcement agencies.

CRITERIA

In order for an AMBER alert to be triggered, the police service having jurisdiction in Québec must be present, simultaneously and without exception, with the following three criteria:1 2 3

The police service has reasonable grounds to believe that a child (a person under the age of 18) has been abducted.

Circumstances surrounding the abduction indicate that the child is at risk of serious bodily harm or is in danger of death.

The police service has sufficient descriptive information on one or more of the following:

The child – The suspect – The means of transport used

which suggests that the immediate release of the alert will help to trace the child.Amber Alert

DURATION OF THE ALERT

For Quebec, the broadcast of the alert is for a minimum of five hours, from its activation with media partners.

If the alert is activated after 9 pm, it must be broadcast at least until 9 am the next day.

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Ontario Amber Alert Guidelines

The AMBER Alert Program

The Ontario AMBER Alert is a warning system that quickly alerts the public of a suspected abduction of children who are in imminent danger.

About the Program

The Ontario AMBER Alert Program is a voluntary, co-operative plan between radio and television stations, the Ministry of Community and Correctional Services, Ministry of Transportation, Ontario law enforcement agencies and other partners. 

Guidelines for an AMBER Alert

Before an AMBER Alert is activated, these guidelines must be met:

  1. The law enforcement agency believes a child under 18 years of age has been abducted; and
  2. The law enforcement agency believes the child is in danger; and
  3. There is enough descriptive information about one or more of the following the child, the abductor, and/or the vehicle, which is sufficient to allow the law enforcement agency to believe that an immediate broadcast alert will help in locating the child.

How the AMBER Alert Program works

The OPP facilitate the AMBER Alert program within the province, but the program is available to all police agencies in Ontario. 

If a child is reported as being abducted and all the AMBER Alert guidelines are met, the investigating police service can submit an AMBER Alert request form to the OPP.  The OPP will then activate an AMBER Alert of behalf of the investigating police agency using the information that was given. 

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has mandated the broadcasting industry to distribute emergency alert messages. Emergency alerts (which include AMBER Alerts) are distributed through the National Alert Aggregation & Dissemination System (NAAD system). 

The NAAD system disseminates the alerts through cable and satellite companies, radio stations, over-the-air television stations, CBC and some video-on-demand services.   

AMBER Alerts are also disseminated though social media as well as through SMS text messages. 

How can the community assist?

If you see or hear an AMBER Alert, watch for the child, suspect, and/or vehicle described in the alert.  If you have any information regarding an AMBER Alert, immediately report it to the police by calling 911, Crime Stoppers 1 800 222-8477, or your local police. 

You can sign up for AMBER Alerts through SMS text messages by visiting http://www.wirelessamber.ca or text 26237(AMBER). 

You can also follow AMBER Alert Ontario Facebook and Twitter accounts. 

Background

The community of Arlington, Texas got together to create the AMBER (America’s Missing Broadcast Emergency Response) program following the 1996 kidnapping and murder of nine-year-old Amber Hagerman.  Citizens wanted to prevent future abductions and increase children’s safety in their community.

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Manitoba Amber Alert Guidelines

Reporting a Missing Person

It is not a crime to be missing. Adults can choose to leave home and cut off all contact with friends and family. This means law enforcement is limited in what it can do in these situations. Even if law enforcement locates a missing person, they cannot divulge any information about that person without specific permission from that person.

Remember: There is no 24-hour waiting period to report a person as missing.

If there is some indication of foul play, contact police immediately at 9-1-1. If foul play is not suspected, contact the Missing Persons Unit at 204-986-6250 and provide the following information:

Missing Children (under 18 years of age)

  • Information about the child’s school and teachers and whether or not the school was contacted and checked.
  • A current photo of the missing child. This may be used by police when issuing a media release and helps officers identify the missing person.
  • A description of the child, including date of birth, age, physical description and clothing worn when last seen.
  • The time and place where the missing person was last seen and by whom.
  • The names, addresses and phone numbers of friends and whether or not they have been checked prior to reporting the person missing.
  • A list of possible hangouts or locations that the child may have gone and whether or not these locations have been checked.
  • If the missing person requires any medications: 
    o Find out if they have the medications with them.
    o How often they need to take the medication.

Adults (18 years of age and older)

  • A current photo of the missing person. This may be used by police when issuing a media release and helps officers identify the missing person.
  • A description of the person including date of birth, age, physical description and clothing worn when last seen.
  • The names, addresses and phone numbers of friends and whether or not they have been checked prior to reporting the person missing.
  • Check all hospitals prior to contacting police.
  • A list of possible hangouts or locations that the adult may have gone and whether or not these locations have been checked.
  • If the missing person requires any medications:
    • Find out if they have the medications with them.
    • How often they need to take the medication.
  • Ensure the missing person is not at work prior to contacting police.

Endangered Missing Persons

The Missing Persons Unit classifies some incidents involving missing persons as Endangered Missing Person incidents. An Endangered Missing Person is defined as:

  • A person who is reported to possess a physical or mental disability
  • A person who is elderly or very young
  • A person who is dependant on prescription medications
  • A person who is unfamiliar with the city.

Persons reported to engage in a high-risk lifestyle or those associated with violent behaviour are also considered endangered. The perceived risk to a missing person can also be elevated through environmental conditions.

A Risk Assessment is conducted on every reported missing person and, if the assessment dictates, a uniform car will be dispatched to begin the investigation. Depending on the circumstances, members of the Missing Persons Unit may be called upon to assist or lead the investigation.

Missing Children

Most of the persons reported missing are under 18 years of age. Running away is the most common explanation of why children go missing from their place of residence. Unfortunately, children that run away expose themselves to a variety of risks, which may include being exploited by others.

Custody disputes also result in children being reported missing or abducted. Detectives in the District of Occurrence normally investigate these reports unless the child is in immediate danger of bodily harm. In these cases, and others where the safety of the child is an issue or it is believed that the child is to be taken out of the province or country, detectives from the Missing Persons Unit will investigate.

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