|All adoptions in Canada are handled provincially, not nationally. So, a person needs
to start their search in the province where the adoptee was born/adopted.
Non-ID info can take 6 to 24 months, depending which province you're dealing with, but
requests take the longest in Ontario. In Ontario, adoptions are handled not just
provincially, but according to districts, so a person needs to contact the Children's Aid
Office in the appropriate district. (In my case, it was the Wellington Children's Aid,
since my birth brother was born/adopted in the city of Guelph.)
From what I've heard, British Columbia is the province where searches take the least
amount of time. The provincial NDP government established laws allowing somewhat freer
access to personal information; something which not all other provinces have done.
In all major Canadian centres a searcher should look into either Triad or Parent
Finders to help them search. These are good groups who charge minimal membership fees and
provide a wealth of information.