Alerte Amber Quebec

Because time is of the essence

The Québec AMBER Alert is a program of cooperation between police forces and partners, the objective of which is to quickly broadcast crucial information when the abduction of a child is reported.

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Your help is crucial

Be informed in real time. The Québec AMBER Alert makes available Apple and Android applications whereby you can be informed immediately when police forces activate a report of a child who has disappeared.

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What is an Amber Alert?

It is a system by which the public is quickly alerted, by all possible media, to the broadcast of information. An AMBER Alert is activated when a child is abducted and his or her life is believed to be in danger.

The initial hours are crucial in this type of situation. That is why an AMBER Alert asks, by various broadcast media, for the public’s participation in order to quickly find a child who has been abducted. (AMBER originally stood for America’s Missing Broadcast Emergency Response.)


Established in Québec on May 26, 2003, the AMBER Alert originated in the United States. It was set up following the abduction of Amber Hagerman, a 9-year-old girl, that occurred in the City of Arlington, Texas, on January 13, 1996.

At the time, although a citizen had given a description of the suspect and the vehicle used to abduct the little girl, she was found dead four days later. The tragedy profoundly shocked the population of Arlington. On April 30, 2003, the U.S. Congress adopted the AMBER Alert Bill for the uniform application of the alert in all U.S. states, by seeing that the public is advised when that type of event occurs, so that the abducted child can be found as soon as possible.

Québec set up the AMBER Alert on its territory on May 26, 2003. To date, each case has ended happily.

Activation criteria

How it works

In Québec, only two police forces are authorized to activate an AMBER Alert: the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM), which is responsible for the island of Montréal, and the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), which is responsible for the rest of Québec’s territory. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is a partner in the AMBER program in Québec, through its support, when the alert is activated, for organizations that apply the law.


An AMBER Alert is activated when a situation that involves a police force having jurisdiction in Québec is faced with the following three criteria, simultaneously and without exception:


The police force has reasonable grounds to believe that a child (someone under 18 years of age) has been abducted.

The circumstances of the abduction indicate that the child is in danger of serious physical injury or death.

The police force has sufficient descriptive information about one or more of the following elements:

child – the suspect – the means of transportation used

to consider that the immediate broadcast of the alert will help in finding the child.

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Duration of the alert

In Québec, the alert is broadcast to media and associated partners for a minimum of five hours after its activation.

If the alert is activated after 9 p.m., it must be broadcast at least until 9 a.m. the next day.

A minimum of 5 hours

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Prevention advice

What to do in the event of an Amber Alert

Pay attention to the alert. Carefully note the descriptions given. Keep an eye out, wherever you go, for the abducted child, the suspect and the means of transportation used.

If you have a piece of evidence or see something related to the description broadcast in the AMBER Alert, don’t hesitate to call one of the following numbers:



*4141 (for smartphones)

Don’t forget to provide as many details as possible when you call emergency services:

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    The exact location

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    The means of transportation

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    A physical description

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    The direction

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    Other information

  • Provide as many details as possible when you call emergency services


Because time is of the essence and your help is invaluable in finding an abducted child, we strongly urge you to use the tools available.

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Amber Alert application for Iphone and Android phones

Download the Québec AMBER Alert application for smartphones. It will keep you informed in real time, by mean of geolocation, when an AMBER Alert is activated.

Amber Alert
for Iphone
and Android

Google Play Appstore
Amber Alert Quebec Application

To prevent an abduction

For parents, it is essential never to wait to contact police forces when their child goes missing. Reaction time is crucial in finding an abducted child.

Be sure never to leave young children unsupervised, not even for a minute.


Prevention begins with you!

  • Teach your children their full name, address and phone number; their age; their date of birth; your full names (not just mommy and daddy); and the phone numbers where you can be reached at all times.
  • Try to inculcate safe behaviour in your children when unusual circumstances arise (for example, a stranger approaches a child as he or she comes out of school) and practise that behaviour with your children to make them aware of the potential dangers.
  • Teach your children that they must always ask permission before going somewhere, following someone, getting into a vehicle or accepting a present or any type of offer, even if a family member or close friend is involved.
  • Teach your children to look around them and to recognize people likely to help them. Tell them to look for people in uniform, such as police officers or security personnel. If there are none around, they can always approach a mother who has her children with her.
  • Encourage your children to always have at least one friend along while playing outside or going somewhere. It is much safer to be in a group.
  • Determine with your children a safe route to always take to get to school and encourage them to be accompanied by a friend.

For more prevention advice, go to the website Missing Children’s Network.


The Québec AMBER Alert has been set up jointly by the SPVM, the RCMP and the SQ. The AMBER Alert has the support of the following partners, in addition to its media partners: