Exploring the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the number of reported missing persons in Canada during 2020

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant social and economic impacts in many countries, including Canada. This study examines the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the number of reported missing persons, adults and children, in Canada during 2020. This study was completed by comparing relevant statistical data from 2018, 2019 and 2020 by province, probable cause, age, sex, and the average time before the case was resolved. Results indicate that there was a significant decrease in the number of runaways during 2020, with the exception of New Brunswick particularly. The pandemic also had significant impacts on the number of missing children, missing teenagers, and missing males in general. This study provides a better understanding on how the restrictions of the pandemic affected missing persons numbers and the nature of who goes missing, as well as provides some insight into the situations and conditions in which people go missing. These findings can be used to inform strategies under similar future states.

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