Opioid-related harms in Canada Published: (June 2020)

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Number of total apparent opioid-related deaths by province or territory in 2019
02004006008001000120014001600British ColumbiaAlbertaSaskatchewanManitobaOntarioQuebecNew BrunswickNova ScotiaPrince Edward IslandNewfoundland and LabradorYukonNorthwest TerritoriesNunavutRegionNumberBritish Columbia: 995Alberta: 639Saskatchewan: 102Manitoba: 26Ontario: 1,535Quebec: 414New Brunswick: 27Nova Scotia: 57Prince Edward Island: 5Newfoundland and Labrador: 18Yukon: 4Northwest Territories: 1Nunavut: Suppressed

This update is based on data submitted to the Public Health Agency of Canada on or before May 19, 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.

Number of total apparent opioid-related deaths by province or territory in 2019
2019 - British Columbia995
2019 - Alberta639
2019 - Saskatchewan102
2019 - Manitoba26
2019 - Ontario1,535
2019 - Quebec414
2019 - New Brunswick27
2019 - Nova Scotia57
2019 - Prince Edward Island5
2019 - Newfoundland and Labrador18
2019 - Yukon4
2019 - Northwest Territories1
2019 - 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. Opioid-related Harms in Canada. Ottawa: Public Health Agency of Canada; June 2020. https://health-infobase.canada.ca/substance-related-harms/opioids

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