Support for Victims and Survivors

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If you or someone you know is a victim of online child sexual exploitation or abuse, you are not alone.

Report child sexual exploitation

If a child is in immediate danger or risk, call 911 or your local police.

On this page: is Canada’s national online tip line for reporting the online sexual abuse and exploitation of children. Operated by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P), the tip line launched September 26, 2002 as a pilot project in Manitoba. In May 2004, was adopted under the Government of Canada’s National Strategy for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet.

Project Arachnid

Project Arachnid” is a web-crawling technology solution to identify child sexual abuse material (CSAM) operated by C3P with the support of federal funding. Since 2017 it has generated over 11 million notifications to 1,000 tech companies, spanning nearly 100 countries.  In response to C3P’s requests, companies removed more than six million images and videos of child sexual abuse from circulation, helping to break the cycle of exploitation.

Need Help Now helps teens stop the spread of sexual pictures or videos and provides support along the way.

Tools and resources for caregivers plus a free, anonymous and confidential professional help for children dealing with any issue: by phone or text.

Victim Services Directory

For information on available resources for victims of online child sexual exploitation in your community, visit the Department of Justice’s Victim Services Directory. The Victims Service Directory has been created to help victims and individuals locate services for victims of crime across Canada and in their own community.

Gender-Based Violence Knowledge Centre

The Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Knowledge Centre is operated by Women and Gender Equality Canada and is the focal point of  Canada’s Gender-Based Violence Strategy.

Visit the Gender-Based Violence Knowledge Centre to access timely, relevant information and resources on GBV-related content, support services for those affected by GBV, and learn about available funding programs and opportunities.

Provincial/Territorial Roles and Resources

In Canada, the protection of victims of crime is a shared responsibility between the federal and provincial/territorial governments. Services provided to victims of online sexual exploitation and abuse are administered by the provinces/territories, who may receive funding from the federal Government. These services include: health care; emergency housing; social services including emergency financial assistance; and legal aid (assistance) programs under which eligibility is based primarily upon financial need. Other social services, such as food banks, may also be provided by civil society organizations.

Some provinces and territories have also implemented policies and programs to help reduce the incidence of and provide support to victims of online child sexual exploitation.

Province of Alberta

Province of British Columbia

Province of Manitoba

Province of New Brunswick

Province of Newfoundland and Labrador

Northwest Territories

Province of Nova Scotia

The Territory of Nunavut

Province of Ontario

Province of Prince Edward Island

Province of Quebec

Province of Saskatchewan

The Territory of Yukon

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