Nova Scotia mass killing helped drive high national homicide rate in 2020, Statistics Canada report says

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Statistics Canada says 743 homicides reported in 2020, the most since 1991

The mass killing in Nova Scotia and the COVID-19 pandemic helped push the number of homicides nationally in 2020 to its highest level in nearly 30 years, Statistics Canada reported Thursday.

As a result, the overall number of homicides was 56 more than in 2019, pushing Canada’s homicide rate up by seven per cent – from 1.83 homicides per 100,000 population in 2019 to 1.95 per 100,000 population in 2020.Statistics Canada also noted the “profound impacts on Canadian society of the COVID-19 pandemic,” adding that its associated societal and economic changes had contributed to a shift in crime patterns across Canada.

Meanwhile, the survey also highlights the rate of Indigenous homicide victims, which was seven times higher than among the non-Indigenous population. The rate for the Indigenous population was 10.05 homicides per 100,000 people, compared with 1.41 per 100,000 for non-Indigenous Canadians. By contrast, there were nine fewer Indigenous women victims of homicide than in 2019, the first decrease in four years.

Ontario accounted for almost half of the homicide victims designated as visible minorities, with 88, the large majority in Toronto. The survey notes that 51 per cent of people living in Canada’s most populous city are designated as visible minorities. The figures also show that Canadian police reported 277 homicides committed with a firearm in 2020 – 15 more than in 2019.

 

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In the USA, one mass killing doesn't make a blip in the homicide rate. I suppose that's something canada can celebrate.

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