Cybertip.ca is Canada’s tipline for reporting the online sexual abuse and exploitation of children.
Operated by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P), the tipline launched September 26, 2002 as a pilot project in Manitoba. In May 2004, Cybertip.ca was adopted under the Government of Canada’s National Strategy for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet.
Receive and process tips from the public about potentially illegal material, as well as activities regarding the online sexual exploitation of children, and refer any relevant leads to the appropriate law enforcement agency and/or child welfare agency
Provide 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 phone reports from the public regarding:
- Child sexual abuse material
- Online luring
- Commercial sexual exploitation of children
- Travelling to sexually exploit a child
- Trafficking of children
- 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)
Designated Reporting Agency
Cybertip.ca has been in operation since September 26, 2002 and is part of the Government of Canada’s National Strategy for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet.
In 2009, C3P was designated as the reporting entity under section 2 of the Child Pornography Reporting Regulation (Manitoba) to receive and process reports of child pornography from residents of Manitoba.
In 2011, under federal legislation – Internet Child Pornography Reporting Regulations, C3P (through Cybertip.ca) was named the designated entity to receive reports made by providers of an internet service, pursuant to section 2 of Bill C‑22 An Act Respecting the Mandatory Reporting of Internet Child Pornography by Persons who Provide an Internet Service.
In 2016, under the Intimate Image Protection Act, C3P through Cybertip.ca was named the designated agency to receive and respond to victims of the non-consensual distribution of an intimate image.
C3P also operates Project Arachnid, an automated web crawler and platform that helps reduce the online availability of child sexual abuse material around the world, breaking the cycle of abuse. Cybertip.ca child protection analysts, along with other international hotlines and child protection organizations, work to classify images detected by Project Arachnid for the purpose of issuing global removal notices.