Rate of firearms-related homicides 2nd lowest on record despite rise from 2013: StatsCan

StatsCan published their 2014 homicide data yesterday and found that, despite there being 21 more firearm-related homicides than in 2013, the rate of firearms-related homicides in 2014 was the second lowest ever recorded since the data became available in 1974.


Here are more things to take away from the data:

  • Homicide rate, as a whole, is at the lowest point since 1966
  • Among Canada’s 34 census metropolitan areas (CMAs), 14 reported a decline in their homicide rate in 2014 from the previous year, while 6 remained unchanged. With an above average number of homicides in 2014 (8 more than the previous year), Thunder Bay reported the highest homicide rate among the CMAs (9.04 per 100,000 population), followed by Winnipeg (3.29 per 100,000 population). Saguenay, Sherbrooke, Kingston, Oshawa and Brantford reported no homicides in 2014.
  • 30% of homicides were firearms-related (in contrast, 37% were stabbings, 18% by beating, 6% by strangulation, 1.4% by fire/burns, 4.3% by other means*, and 3.1% by means unknown)
  • 67% of firearms-related homicides were committed using handguns, which continue to be the most frequent type of firearm used.