Missing persons data standards consultative engagement

Opened: June 2023

Consultative engagement activities

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Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) has partnered with Statistics Canada to initiate a consultative engagement process in response to Call for Justice 9.5.v (PDF), one of the 231 Calls for Justice outlined in the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls: Reclaiming Power and Place. The input received as part of this consultative process will form the basis of recommendations leading to the development of national data standards for police services. The objective of this work is to improve the information police gather on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, 2SLGBTQI+ persons, vulnerable, marginalized, and racialized persons. Reliable and consistent information can play a role in helping to find missing persons and build prevention strategies. Data will allow for regular, continuous, and consistent statistical reporting and monitoring at national, provincial, and sub-provincial levels.

In the first phase of consultative engagement, the Canadian Centre for Justice and Community Safety Statistics (CCJCSS) and Stakeholder Relations and the Engagement Division (SRED) have organized virtual consultative engagement sessions with key federal partners and agencies, provincial-territorial focal points and ministries, and National Indigenous Organizations.

How to get involved

Statistics Canada will continue to engage various organizations over the next 12 months through virtual group discussions and written submissions. Disclosure of personal experiences are not within the scope of this engagement.

If you would like to obtain more information on this engagement initiative or are interested in participating, please contact us by email at consultativeengagement-mobilisationconsultative@statcan.gc.ca.

Statistics Canada is committed to respecting the privacy of participants. All personal information created, held, or collected by the agency is protected by the Privacy Act. For more information on Statistics Canada's privacy policies, please consult the privacy notice.


Summary results of the engagement initiatives will be published online when available.

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