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2007 - HOMICIDE RATE IN CANADA Oct 24

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By:  Statistics Canada/Anabela

 

 

According to Statistics Canada, there were 190 stabings and 188 shootings in Canada, in 2007.  Handguns were used in two-thirds of all firearm homicides, primarily in urban areas, while police reported that one in five homicides were gang-related.  In 2007, 126 homicides were committed with a handgun, 16 more than in 2006.  Gang-related homicides have been increasing since this information was first collected in 1991.  After rising through much of the 1960s and early 1970s, Canada's homicide rate has been on a general downward trend since the mid 1970s.  This trend continued in 2007 with a further 3% decline in the national homicide rate.

 

Police reported 594 homicides in Canada in 2007, 12 fewer than in 2006.

 

After reaching an all-time high in 2006, the rate of youth accused of homicide dropped in 2007.  There were 74 youth accused of homicide, 11 fewer than in 006.  However, this still resulted in the second highest youth homicide rate since data were first collected in 1961.

 

In 2007, over 80% of solved homicides were committed by someone known to the victim.

 

The western provinces and the territories have reported the highest homicide rates in Canada.  In 2007 Manitoba reported the highest homicide rate among the provinces (62 homicides, 23 more than in 2006) , followed by Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.  Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador continued to report the lowest rates.

 

Toronto Police reported 111 homicides in 2007, almost one-fifth of the national total.  But, after taking population into account, the Toronto homicide rate is simila to that of other large Canadian cities.

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