Opioid- and Stimulant-related Harms in Canada Published: (March 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 2020 (Jan to Sep)
05101520253035British ColumbiaAlbertaSaskatchewanManitobaOntarioQuebecNew BrunswickNova ScotiaPrince Edward IslandNewfoundland and LabradorYukonNorthwest TerritoriesNunavutRegionCrude rate (per 100,000 population)British Columbia: 32.4Alberta: 24.4Saskatchewan: 15.0Manitoba: Not availableOntario: 15.3Quebec: 6.7New Brunswick: 3.6Nova Scotia: 4.4Prince Edward Island: 5.0Newfoundland and Labrador: 5.4Yukon: 16.1Northwest Territories: 0.0Nunavut: SuppressedCanada: 16.0

This update is based on data submitted to the Public Health Agency of Canada on or before February 11, 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 2020 (Jan to Sep)
RegionCrude rate
2020 (Jan to Sep) - Canada16.0
2020 (Jan to Sep) - British Columbia32.4
2020 (Jan to Sep) - Alberta24.4
2020 (Jan to Sep) - Saskatchewan15.0
2020 (Jan to Sep) - ManitobaNot available
2020 (Jan to Sep) - Ontario15.3
2020 (Jan to Sep) - Quebec6.7
2020 (Jan to Sep) - New Brunswick3.6
2020 (Jan to Sep) - Nova Scotia4.4
2020 (Jan to Sep) - Prince Edward Island5.0
2020 (Jan to Sep) - Newfoundland and Labrador5.4
2020 (Jan to Sep) - Yukon16.1
2020 (Jan to Sep) - Northwest Territories0.0
2020 (Jan to Sep) - 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. Opioids and Stimulant-related Harms in Canada. Ottawa: Public Health Agency of Canada; March 2021. https://health-infobase.canada.ca/substance-related-harms/opioids-stimulants

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