Impact of Adding Revenue Canada Databases Under FOAEA—Part 1 Tracing For Locating Persons
Final Report



The objective of Component I of this study was to determine the approximate percentage of FMEP cases that require a FOAEA search. This calculation provides a perspective on the proportional significance of the federal trace function.

This proportional significance calculation is based on the following data:

  • The number of cases enrolled at FMEP between January and June 1999 and the percentage sent to FAMS for a trace; and
  • The number and percentage of cases concluded at FAMS and sent to the FOAEA Unit for a federal trace.
Table 35   Number of cases enrolled in FMEP requiring FOAEA traces
Total number of cases enrolled at FMEP * Number of FMEP cases sent to FAMS for trace ** Number of cases sent to FOAEA for trace *** Percentage of FAMS cases sent to FOAEA Percentage of FMEP cases sent to FOAEA
Jan 39,235 929 (2.4%) 592 (1.5%) 337 36% (337/929) 0.86%
Feb 38,560 879 (2.3%) 591 (1.5%) 288 32% (288/879) 0.75%
Mar 39,906 939 (2.3%) 588 (1.5%) 351 37% (331/939) 0.88%
Apr 40,330 872 (2.2%) 550 (1.4%) 322 37% (322/872) 0.80%
May 40,569 905 (2.2%) 565 (1.4%) 340 38% (340/905) 0.84%
Jun 40,832 1,271 (3.1%) 906 (2.2%) 365 29% (365/1,271) 0.90%

The data indicated that the proportion of all enrolled FMEP cases requiring a federal search was less than one percent each month. However, this percentage was calculated from FMEP data that included all enrolled cases, whether or not they currently required a trace.

In the case of FAMS, the percentage of FMEP cases requiring a FOAEA trace was much higher, ranging from 29 to 38 percent per month, with an average of 35 percent. These statistics suggest that the FOAEA Unit has an important role to play in terms of providing information on a significant number (1/3) of cases that cannot be resolved by FAMS searches. Both the small number of cases sent originally by FMEP to the FOAEA Unit and the low total of successful traces is a reflection of the fact that these cases are the most problematic to trace. These cases cannot be traced successfully using the standard methods employed by the provincial components of the tracing process.

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