Opioid- and Stimulant-related Harms in Canada Published: (December 2020)

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Crude rate (per 100,000 population) of total apparent opioid toxicity deaths by province or territory in 2020 (Jan to Jun)
05101520253035British ColumbiaAlbertaSaskatchewanManitobaOntarioQuebecNew BrunswickNova ScotiaPrince Edward IslandNewfoundland and LabradorYukonNorthwest TerritoriesNunavutRegionCrude rate (per 100,000 population)British Columbia: 30.9Alberta: 20.3Saskatchewan: 12.6Manitoba: Not availableOntario: 14.6Quebec: 6.2New Brunswick: 2.8Nova Scotia: 4.3Prince Edward Island: 3.8Newfoundland and Labrador: 3.8Yukon: 19.0Northwest Territories: 0.0Nunavut: SuppressedCanada: 14.6

This update is based on data submitted to the Public Health Agency of Canada on or before November 10, 2020. Due to differences in identifying and reporting cases, comparisons over time and between provinces and territories should be interpreted with caution. Refer to the technical notes for more information.

Crude rate (per 100,000 population) of total apparent opioid toxicity deaths by province or territory in 2020 (Jan to Jun)
RegionCrude rate
2020 (Jan to Jun) - Canada14.6
2020 (Jan to Jun) - British Columbia30.9
2020 (Jan to Jun) - Alberta20.3
2020 (Jan to Jun) - Saskatchewan12.6
2020 (Jan to Jun) - ManitobaNot available
2020 (Jan to Jun) - Ontario14.6
2020 (Jan to Jun) - Quebec6.2
2020 (Jan to Jun) - New Brunswick2.8
2020 (Jan to Jun) - Nova Scotia4.3
2020 (Jan to Jun) - Prince Edward Island3.8
2020 (Jan to Jun) - Newfoundland and Labrador3.8
2020 (Jan to Jun) - Yukon19.0
2020 (Jan to Jun) - Northwest Territories0.0
2020 (Jan to Jun) - NunavutSuppressed


This update would not be possible without the collaboration and dedication of provincial and territorial (PT) offices of Chief Coroners and Chief Medical Examiners as well as PT public health and health partners and Emergency Medical Services data providers. We would also like to acknowledge the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) for collecting and providing the data used for reporting opioid-related poisoning hospitalizations.

Suggested Citation

Special Advisory Committee on the Epidemic of Opioid Overdoses. Opioids and stimulant-related Harms in Canada. Ottawa: Public Health Agency of Canada; December 2020. https://health-infobase.canada.ca/substance-related-harms/opioids-stimulants

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