Opioid- and Stimulant-related Harms in Canada Published: (June 2022)

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
0510152025303540British ColumbiaAlbertaSaskatchewanManitobaOntarioQuebecNew BrunswickNova ScotiaPrince Edward IslandNewfoundland and LabradorYukonNorthwest TerritoriesNunavutRegionCrude rate (per 100,000 population)British Columbia: 34.6Alberta: 26.7Saskatchewan: 22.6Manitoba: 18.8Ontario: 16.7Quebec: 6.4New Brunswick: 5.7Nova Scotia: 5.1Prince Edward Island: 5.0Newfoundland and Labrador: 4.6Yukon: 14.2Northwest Territories: 6.6Nunavut: SuppressedCanada: 17.5

This update is based on data submitted to the Public Health Agency of Canada on or before May 10, 2022. 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
RegionCrude rate
British Columbia34.6
New Brunswick5.7
Nova Scotia5.1
Prince Edward Island5.0
Newfoundland and Labrador4.6
Northwest Territories6.6


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; June 2022. https://health-infobase.canada.ca/substance-related-harms/opioids-stimulants

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