Overview plays an instrumental role in Canada’s strategy to protect children from sexual exploitation on the Internet. Beyond providing this important service to Canadians, the tipline has been a catalyst for collaboration between the public, private and non-profit sectors. The following initiatives are examples of the leadership role has played over the past number of years:

Project Arachnid

To combat the growing proliferation of child sexual abuse material is witnessing on the Internet, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection developed a new tool called Project Arachnid. This automated crawler helps reduce the online availability of child sexual abuse material and break the cycle of abuse. Arachnid detects images and videos of child sexual abuse material based on confirmed digital fingerprints of illegal content and sends notices to the provider hosting the content to request its removal. This innovative tool detects content at a speed exponentially faster than current methods. For more information, click here.

Raising Public Awareness

Every year, the tipline undertakes public awareness campaigns to raise awareness of as Canada’s tipline to report online child sexual exploitation; educate the public that online child sexual exploitation is a crime; encourage Canadians to take action by reporting their concerns to; and raise the profile of’s website and educational resources to help protect children from online sexual exploitation. For more information, click here.

Working with stakeholders

The Canadian Coalition Against Internet Child Exploitation (CCAICE) is a voluntary multi-sector group of industry, government, non-governmental and law enforcement stakeholders from across the country. Chaired by, CCAICE’s mandate is to devise and implement an effective national strategy to help address the problem of online child sexual exploitation. For more information, click here.

Reducing Canadians’ exposure to child pornography on the Internet has received tens of thousands of reports from the public relating to child pornography. As the central clearinghouse for reporting online child exploitation, maintains a regularly updated list of Internet addresses (URLs) associated with images of child sexual abuse. This list is provided to the major Internet service providers (ISPs) participating in Cleanfeed Canada. For more information, click here.

Leading the way with research has one of the most comprehensive databases of information on online child sexual exploitation in Canada. The data collected through the tipline provides insight into child sexual exploitation, its victims and their vulnerabilities, and its perpetrators and their techniques. The information is used to develop educational programs, as well as to train professionals on trends and patterns of child victimization and protection in Canada. For more information, click here.

Facilitating the reporting of children potentially in need of protection has been a driving force behind the creation of legislation making it mandatory to report child sexual abuse content. When federal legislation requiring all persons who provide an Internet service to report any incident of Internet child pornography came into force in December 2011, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (through our program) was named as the designated agency to receive tips regarding websites. For more information, click here.