The free classifieds website Kijiji has been known to offer a wide variety of items, but the listing of a baby for sale came as a surprise to both police and the boy's parents.
Cape Breton Regional Police spokeswoman Desiree Vassallo said police were contacted by a concerned citizen Friday after that person viewed an online advertisement listing a two-month-old baby for sale in Sydney.
"We did respond to reports that there was a baby posted for sale on Kijiji," Vassallo said.
"At this point it does just seem to be an unfortunate joke or hoax, and an isolated incident."
Police officers visited an apartment where the baby was listed as being for sale. The parents of the infant said they knew nothing about the ad. They were both shaken up by the incident and did not wish to speak to media.
Police are now trying to determine who posted the ad