The Child Protection Information Network (CPIN) and the FastTrack Information System (FastTrack) are vital components of Ontario’s child protection system, facilitating secure information management and rapid database searches to ensure the safety and well-being of children, youth and families involved with child welfare.

CPIN is a provincial information management system that allows our Agency and other children’s aid societies to securely store personal information and manage case files in one database.

CPIN was implemented as a part of the provincial government’s plan to ensure child safety and modernize the child protection system, ensuring that information to make the best decisions for each child and youth would be easily accessible to all children’s aid societies.

Using CPIN, children’s aid societies are able to review what child protection services children have previously received, regardless of where in Ontario services were provided. Personal information in CPIN is only shared among children’s aid societies or other professionals for the purposes of providing child protection services.

FastTrack is a database application containing the names of children and families who are receiving or who have received a child protection service from an Ontario children’s aid society (CAS).

Drawing directly from CAS files, FastTrack offers a limited subset of information, allowing CASs to swiftly determine if an individual is currently receiving child protection services, is the subject of a record extracted from a CAS, or is the subject of a child protection alert.

CASs are required, within 24 hours after receiving information that a child is, or may be in need of protection, to search FastTrack for information that may be relevant in determining whether or not there are reasonable and probable grounds to believe that the child or any other child in the same family is in need of protection. Agencies are also required to use FastTrack to perform child welfare records checks for caregiver applicants.

For more information, please review our Notice of Information Practices, which outlines how information is collected, used and shared.