Child Pornography

The Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit may include (but is not limited to) the investigation of luring a child over the internet, and/or the possession or distribution of child pornography.

What is Child Pornography?

Child pornography is defined as any visual or written representation (including images, movies and/or texts ) that depict or advocate sexual activity (including sexual molestation or exploitation) of anyone under the age of 18. The law also includes some child nudity, simulated sex involving children and any material that is computer-doctored to look like child porn.

Section 163.1 of the Criminal Code prohibits the production, distribution and sale of child pornography, and also makes it an offence to possess such material. Maximum sentences of ten years for its production and distribution, and five years for simple possession, are prescribed.

If you have received an email, text, photos, videos or other documents containing child pornography, report it online to Delete it from your inbox - it is illegal to have it.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of child abuse (physical or sexual), please contact the:

  • Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Section at 613-236-1222 ext 5944;
  • Police Reporting Unit at 613-236-1222 ext 7300 to file a report;
  • Victim Support Unit at 613-236-1222 ext 2223 or consult their list of 24 crisis lines .

If you are aware of a personal computer that contains child pornography, report it to the Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222 ext 7300. This may be a family member, friend, acquaintance or co-worker so if you prefer to remain anonymous, you can report it to or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.