Cost of Injury in Canada – What has Changed?

Each year, injury takes a staggering toll on children, seniors, families, and communities across the country. In June 2015, Parachute released The Cost of Injury in Canada Reportwhich quantified the financial and societal burden of injury on our citizens, our health care system and the Canadian economy. It was uncovered that every year, injury results in:

  • 16 million lives lost
  • 3.5 million visits to emergency rooms
  • More than 60,000 disabilities
  • $27 billion lost to the economy

Parachute and the Injury Prevention Centre have produced a compendium to the Cost of Injury in Canada Report, which provides comparisons between 2004 and 2010 injury data, focusing on mortalities, hospitalizations, and emergency room visits. The findings from the compendium can be used by researchers, public health planners, practitioners and policy makers when designing and implementing injury prevention programs and services.

Compendium findings include:

  • Between 2004 and 2010, all major mechanisms of injury – falls, transport incidents, and suicide experienced a statistically significant change
  • The largest increase in mortality rate between 2004 and 2010 was due to falls, by 58% (95% CI = (49.6, 67.1)), followed by unintentional poisonings and drownings
  • Of all age groups, adults aged 65 and older experienced an increase in mortality, hospitalizations and emergency room visits between 2004 and 2010.

To access the compendium, click here.

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