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About Cybertip.ca

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a charitable organization dedicated to the personal safety of all children. Our goal is to reduce child victimization by providing national programs and services to the Canadian public. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection operates Cybertip.ca, Canada's tipline for reporting the online sexual exploitation of children. The tipline has been in operation since September 26, 2002 and was adopted under the Government of Canada’s National Strategy for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet in May 2004.

When Bill C-22, An Act Respecting the Mandatory Reporting of Internet Child Pornography by Persons who Provide an Internet Service, came into force on December 8, 2011, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (through our Cybertip.ca program) was named the designated reporting entity under section 2. This federal legislation requires all persons who provide an Internet service to report any incident of Internet child pornography.

As Canada’s tipline, Cybertip.ca’s mandate is to protect children from online sexual exploitation by:

  • Receiving and processing tips from the public about potentially illegal material, as well as activities regarding the online sexual exploitation of children, and referring any relevant leads to the appropriate law enforcement agency and/or child welfare agency; and
  • Providing the public with information and other resources, as well as support and referral services, to help Canadians keep themselves and their families safe while using the Internet.

Cybertip.ca receives and addresses online and telephone reports from the public regarding:

  • Child pornography (child abuse images and material)
  • Online luring
  • Child exploitation through prostitution
  • Travelling to sexually exploit children
  • Child trafficking
  • Making sexually explicit material available to a child
  • Agreement or arrangement with another person to commit a sexual offence against a child
  • Non-Consensual Distribution of Intimate Images (of an individual under 18 years of age)

For more information on these incident types, please click here.

Through public reporting and Project Arachnid, Cybertip.ca processes over 100,000 reports per month on average. Reports that pertain to incidents that appear to be in contravention of the Criminal Code (Canada) are sent to law enforcement for possible investigation or where applicable, a notice is issued to a service provider requesting the removal of child sexual abuse images and material. Any information regarding a child potentially in need of protection is forwarded to the appropriate child welfare agency.

In addition to reporting, Cybertip.ca also responds to close to 100 requests for information or educational assistance per month and receives more than 20,000 visits to educational pages per month on average.