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  • Is it illegal to run away in canada?

    Hi im 13 years old and im think about running away so my question is
    is it illegal to run away in ontario canada?

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    Re: Is it illegal to run away in canada?

    Hello,

    Thank you for reaching out on our bulletin boards. Just to preface this, we are not legal advisors but we’ll attempt to provide valuable information or direct you towards someone who can provide you with what you need. We are located in the US and our resources are also in and for people in the US. Have you tried something as simple as searching the internet? or maybe calling your local police and asking the question anonymously?

    Thinking about running away can be a very tough decision to make. Are you able to talk to anyone about whats going on that makes you want to run? If you can from Canada, you can call us at 1800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) 24hours a day 7 days a week to talk to someone.

    Best of Luck,
    NRS
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      Hi i am tempted to runaway to Canada also but I don't have any way to legally get there. Would i go to jail if I g st caught

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      • ccsmod11
        ccsmod11 commented
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        Hello,

        Thank you for reaching out on our bulletin boards. Just to preface this, we are not legal advisors but we’ll attempt to provide valuable information or direct you towards someone who can provide you with what you need. Usually, running away in the U.S. is not considered a crime for which youth can be arrested. Usually if a police officer locates a runaway youth in the US, the youth is returned home and not much else happens. Unfortunately, we are located in the US and our resources are also in and for people in the US. Therefore, we have no idea what runaway laws in Canada are like. We imagine however that if you were caught as a runaway in Canada, you may be eligible for facing penalties for entering the country without a visa/citizenship. You may seriously want to consider this, as well as how feasible it may be to get to Canada safely.

        Thinking about running away can be a very tough decision to make. Are you able to talk to anyone about whats going on that makes you want to run? If you can from Canada, you can call us at 1800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) 24 hours a day 7 days a week to talk to someone.

        Best of Luck,
        NRS

    • #4
      Just answer the question yes or no.. Is it illegal to run away from home in Canada?

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      • ccsmod4
        ccsmod4 commented
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        Hello,
        Thank you for writing to us here at the National Runaway Safeline.

        We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. We are not legal experts. We can pass on a referral where you may be able to get an answer to this question.
        Justice For Children and Youth https://jfcy.org/en/
        You might also consider contacting your local law enforcement for information regarding the runaway laws in Canada.

        We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email or bulletin for assistance. If you would like to talk more in detail and share more about how we can help specifically, please call or chat soon.

        Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).
        If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to or seek emergency assistance immediately.
        We hope to hear from you soon.

        Take care,
        NRS
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