Issue 16-224: Homicide

November 23, 2016

There were 95 victims of homicide in British Columbia in 2015, up from 89 in 2014. Nineteen of them were victims of gang-related homicide. The overall homicide rate (per 100,000 of the population) rose to 2.0, slightly above the national average (1.7).

Nationally, there were 604 homicide victims in 2015, notably more than the number recorded in 2014 (521). Among the provinces, Saskatchewan had the highest homicide rate (3.8), followed by Manitoba (3.6), and Alberta (3.2). Conversely, Newfoundland and Labrador (0.6), Prince Edward Island (0.7) and Quebec (0.9) recorded the lowest rates in the country.

The most common methods used to commit homicide in Canada were stabbing (35%), shooting (29%), and beating (22%). Strangulation (6%), fire (1%), other (2%) and unknown (3%) methods accounted for the remaining homicides.

Data Source: Statistics Canada