Opioid- and Stimulant-related Harms in Canada Published: (December 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 Jun)
05101520253035404550British ColumbiaAlbertaSaskatchewanManitobaOntarioQuebecNew BrunswickNova ScotiaPrince Edward IslandNewfoundland and LabradorYukonNorthwest TerritoriesNunavutRegionCrude rate (per 100,000 population)British Columbia: 39.4Alberta: 31.9Saskatchewan: 16.3Manitoba: Not availableOntario: 19.1Quebec: 4.9New Brunswick: 3.5Nova Scotia: 4.6Prince Edward Island: 3.7Newfoundland and Labrador: 1.9Yukon: 46.5Northwest Territories: 8.8Nunavut: SuppressedCanada: 19.1

This update is based on data submitted to the Public Health Agency of Canada on or before November 12, 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 Jun)
RegionCrude rate
2021 (Jan to Jun) - Canada19.1
2021 (Jan to Jun) - British Columbia39.4
2021 (Jan to Jun) - Alberta31.9
2021 (Jan to Jun) - Saskatchewan16.3
2021 (Jan to Jun) - ManitobaNot available
2021 (Jan to Jun) - Ontario19.1
2021 (Jan to Jun) - Quebec4.9
2021 (Jan to Jun) - New Brunswick3.5
2021 (Jan to Jun) - Nova Scotia4.6
2021 (Jan to Jun) - Prince Edward Island3.7
2021 (Jan to Jun) - Newfoundland and Labrador1.9
2021 (Jan to Jun) - Yukon46.5
2021 (Jan to Jun) - Northwest Territories8.8
2021 (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 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; December 2021. https://health-infobase.canada.ca/substance-related-harms/opioids-stimulants

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