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Finding our missing children

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is committed to identifying and recovering missing children. The CBSA has been a partner of the program Our Missing Children (OMC) since 1986, which aims at intercepting and recovering missing, abducted and exploited children and returning them to their parents and legal guardians.

As of , the CBSA has helped bring to safety 2024 missing, abducted and exploited children.

Prepare your child before they travel

For information on travel advice and the documents needed for your children before travelling, consult Travel with children and minors.

Report a missing child

Our border services officers recover missing, abducted, trafficked and exploited children at Canada's:

  • international airports
  • marine ports
  • land border crossings

If you suspect a child needs help, call 9-1-1 immediately.

National partnership to help missing children

The CBSA partners with the following organizations in the framework of the OMC program:

  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Department of Justice

In addition to our frontline work at the border, we work in partnership in Canada and abroad to:

  • stop the illicit movement of children across international borders
  • facilitate reunifications
  • assist in active investigations and law enforcement agencies with missing children cases
  • share information
  • organize various outreach activities regionally to promote the OMC program
  • repatriate Canadian nationals

Visit Our Missing Children for more details, or contact for information about the CBSA's role in the program.

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