Ontario - Statistics

Child Maltreatment Investigations in Ontario, 2008* and 2013**

  2008 2013
Child population (0-15) 2,382,035 2,349,600
Number of child maltreatment investigations 128,748 125,281
Incidence of child maltreatment investigations per 1000 children 54.05 53.32

Type of Child Maltreatment Investigation in Ontario, 2013**

  Number Rate per 1,000 children Percent
Maltreatment Investigation 97,951 41.69 78%
Risk Investigation 27,330 11.63 22%

Categories of Substantiated Child Maltreatment Investigations in Ontario, 2013**

Category of Maltreatment Number Rate per 1,000 children Percent
Physical Abuse 5,770 2.46 13%
Sexual Abuse 848 0.36 2%
Neglect 10,386 4.42 24%
Emotional Maltreatment 5,620 2.39 13%
Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence 20,443 8.70 48%

Placement in Child Maltreatment Investigations in Ontario, 2008* and 2013**

  2008 # 2008 Rate 2013 # 2013 Rate
No Placement 121,436 50.98 121,020 51.51
Informal Kinship Care 3,616 1.52 1,874 0.80
Formal Placement 3,696 1.55 2,387 1.02

* Fallon, B., Trocmé, N., MacLaurin, B., Sinha, V., Black, T., Felstiner, C., Schumaker, K., Van Wert, M., Herbert, A., Petrowski, N., Daciuk, J., Lee, B., DuRoss, C. & Johnston, A. (2010). Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect-2008 (OIS‑2008). Toronto, ON: Child Welfare Research Portal.

** Fallon, B., Van Wert, M., Trocmé, N., MacLaurin, B., Sinha, V., Lefebvre, R., Allan, K., Black, T., Lee, B., Rha, W., Smith, C., & Goel, S. (2015). Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect-2013 (OIS‑2013). Toronto, ON: Child Welfare Research Portal.

§ Child welfare services fall under the jurisdiction of provincial and territorial authorities, making it difficult to compile statistics at the national level. The most notable variations between provinces include mandate variation by jurisdiction with respect to the age to which children are eligible for services, differences in the length of time a child can receive out-of-home care and the definition of out-of-home care.

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Children's Aid Society of London and Middlesex

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Goldstein, Abby L.
Amiri, Touraj
Vilhena, Natalie
Wekerle, Christine
Thornton, Tiffany
Tonmyr, Lil

'Not so Easy to Navigate': A Report on the Complex Array of Income Security Programs and Eductional Planning for Children in Care in Ontario

Stapleton, J. & Tweedle, A.

2009-2010 Annual Report

Ontario Association of Children’s Aid Societies

Jurisdictional Comparisons of Child Welfare System Design: Working Paper Number 2

The Commission to Promote Sustainable Child Welfare

Ontario Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect-2008 (OIS‑2008)

Fallon, Barbara
Trocmé, Nico
MacLaurin, Bruce
Sinha, Vandna
Black, Tara
Felstiner, Caroline
Schumaker, Kate
Van Wert, Melissa
Herbert, Adina
Petrowski, Nicole
Daciuk, Joanne
Lee, Barbara
DuRoss, Christine
Johnston, Amy

Problématique spécifique aux enfants et aux jeunes autochtones

La Commission de promotion de la viabilité des services de bien‐être de l’enfance

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Researcher Organization Province / Territory
De Wit, David J. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; University of Western Ontario Ontario
Dill, Katharine Trent University Ontario
Dobbins, Maureen McMaster University Ontario
Dumbrill, Gary C. McMaster University Ontario
Fallon, Barbara University of Toronto Ontario
Filippelli, Joanne University of Toronto Ontario
Flynn, Robert J. University of Ottawa Ontario
Fudge-Schormans, Ann McMaster University Ontario
Fuller-Thomson, Esme University of Toronto Ontario
Gladstone, James W. McMaster University Ontario
Goodman, Deborah Children's Aid Society of Toronto Ontario
Harkness, Kate Queen's University Ontario
Hildyard, Kathryn University of Western Ontario Ontario
Hoaken, Peter University of Western Ontario Ontario
Hurley, Dermot King's University College at University of Western Ontario Ontario
Ismaila, Afisi McMaster University Ontario
Jack, Susan McMaster University Ontario
Jaffe, Peter University of Western Ontario Ontario
Jenkins, Jennifer University of Toronto Ontario
Kaspar, Violet University of Toronto Ontario