Silver Alert Canada

Advocating for a National Silver Alert strategy for all Canadians



History of Silver Alert - Canada

April 1, 2019 - The Government of Canada  responds to our petition for a National Silver Alert Strategy for all Canadians.

Feb. 11, 2019 Article by Meagan Casalino, Jensen Edwards and Taylor Retter "An Amber Alert for dementia sufferers needed, say caregivers"

February 7, 2019 petition e-1588 was presented by MP Bob Bratina to the House of Commons.   A Government response takes 45 days.

July 25, 2018 petition e-1588 was closed for signatures. We are awaiting a response from the Federal government.

On May 31, 2018 Senator Pamela Wallin’s silver alert motion was unanimously adopted by the Senate.

March 27, 2018, online petition to the Government of Canada to create a national silver alert strategy was launched. Sponsor of the petition MP Bob Bratina.

In May 2011, the Province of Ontario was about to become the first province to establish a Silver Alert. That program has not yet been implemented.

The National Post commented on this development. "Ontario shouldn't have shelved its plan for a "Silver Advisory" system" (January 26, 2015).

In British Columbia, the family of Shin Noh called for an official Silver Alert program in February 2014.  A private member's bill for a Silver Alert was introduced but failed to pass in 2014.

The BC Silver Alert, a social media tool, was created in September 2014.

In 2017, the Province of Manitoba, amended their Missing Persons Amendment Act to introduce a Silver Alert.


In 2017, the Province of Alberta amended the Missing Persons Amendment Act, 2017 -  to include a "Silver Alert" program.


History of Silver Alert - USA

Silver Alert has become an increasingly used public notification system in the United States, to broadcast information about missing seniors with Alzheimer's.

At present, 36 states have official Silver Alerts or similar programs to find missing seniors. Some Silver Alerts have broader criteria than conventional programs, for example: “Missing Senior Citizen Alert” or “Missing Vulnerable Adult Alert or “Gold Alert.”

Efforts have been made to federally-introduce a National Silver Alert Act  ‑ an initiative endorsed by leading  stakeholder organizations including Alzheimer’s Association and the National Association of Police Organizations.

Most states with Silver Alerts release public statistics.