Issue 19-189 Homicide

December 2, 2019

Police services in British Columbia reported 89 homicides during 2018, making for a homicide rate of 1.78 per 100,000 population. This was down notably from 2017, when there were 119 homicides and a rate of 2.42. B.C.’s homicide rate has been generally trending downward since the 1990s, with mostly slight year-to-year fluctuations in the rate since then.

Gang-related homicides accounted for more than a third (37%) of all reported homicides in British Columbia in 2018. A total of 33 gang-related homicides were reported by police in 2018, down considerably from the 45 recorded in 2017. In 2018, B.C. (0.66) had the second-highest rate of gang-related homicide in Canada after Saskatchewan (0.69).

Each of the province’s metropolitan areas saw a decline in overall homicide rates between 2017 and 2018. Abbotsford-Mission reported one of the highest homicide rates (3.07) in Canada in 2018. Reported homicide rates in Vancouver (1.66), Kelowna (0.95) and Victoria (0.51) were considerably lower.

Data Source: Statistics Canada