Opioid- and Stimulant-related Harms in Canada Published: (September 2021)

Select an item from each list below:
Crude rate (per 100,000 population) of total apparent opioid toxicity deaths by province or territory in 2021 (Jan to Mar)
0510152025303540455055British ColumbiaAlbertaSaskatchewanManitobaOntarioQuebecNew BrunswickNova ScotiaPrince Edward IslandNewfoundland and LabradorYukonNorthwest TerritoriesNunavutRegionCrude rate (per 100,000 population)British Columbia: 40.4Alberta: 31.9Saskatchewan: 16.6Manitoba: Not availableOntario: 19.6Quebec: 4.6New Brunswick: 3.6Nova Scotia: 5.3Prince Edward Island: 2.5Newfoundland and Labrador: 3.8Yukon: 48.4Northwest Territories: 8.9Nunavut: SuppressedCanada: 19.4

This update is based on data submitted to the Public Health Agency of Canada on or before August 16, 2021. 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 2021 (Jan to Mar)
RegionCrude rate
2021 (Jan to Mar) - Canada19.4
2021 (Jan to Mar) - British Columbia40.4
2021 (Jan to Mar) - Alberta31.9
2021 (Jan to Mar) - Saskatchewan16.6
2021 (Jan to Mar) - ManitobaNot available
2021 (Jan to Mar) - Ontario19.6
2021 (Jan to Mar) - Quebec4.6
2021 (Jan to Mar) - New Brunswick3.6
2021 (Jan to Mar) - Nova Scotia5.3
2021 (Jan to Mar) - Prince Edward Island2.5
2021 (Jan to Mar) - Newfoundland and Labrador3.8
2021 (Jan to Mar) - Yukon48.4
2021 (Jan to Mar) - Northwest Territories8.9
2021 (Jan to Mar) - 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 and stimulant related poisoning hospitalizations.

Suggested Citation

Special Advisory Committee on the Epidemic of Opioid Overdoses. Opioid and Stimulant-related Harms in Canada. Ottawa: Public Health Agency of Canada; September 2021. https://health-infobase.canada.ca/substance-related-harms/opioids-stimulants

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