Homicide is a relatively rare crime in Canadian cities, at least compared to American urban centres.
Still, homicide happens, and not always at the same rate across Canada’s major cities.
For example, you’re more likely to be involved in a homicide in Edmonton.
As of now, Edmonton is the Canadian city with the highest homicide rate, reports Sun Media, according to data gleaned from police reports and media coverage.
Edmonton has a homicide-rate of 4.28 per 100,000 people. 40 people have been killed in Edmonton so far this year.
Winnipeg is a far second, with 21 homicides at a rate of 2.97.
Toronto, Canada’s largest city, has had 41 homicides, but since the city’s population is so high, the overall homicide rate is only 1.5 per 100,000 people.
The image below breaks down Canada’s homicide hot-spots.
Rest easy knowing Montreal doesn’t make the top ten. Montreal is 12th on the list with 17 homicides at a rate of 0.99.
So why does Edmonton have such a proportionally high homicide rate? A criminology teacher speaking to the Edmonton Sun has an answer: the city is going through growing pains.
Describing Edmonton as “young and growing,” the expert adds some additional context saying that many of the deaths involved “drugs and alcohol, mixed with momentary loss of control.”
Again, to make things seem mildly better, you only need to look to the south. Chicago, a metropolis a little smaller than Toronto, has already had 500 homicides this year, giving the Windy City a homicide rate of 18.48/100,000 people.
So even though Edmonton is, as of now, Canada’s city with the highest homicide rate, it could be a lot worse.