When it comes to homicide, Manitoba had the highest per-capita rate of all the provinces in 2020, according to preliminary statistics by homicidecanada.com. The website shows after Manitoba’s 68 homicides, Saskatchewan was a close second place in terms of per-capita rate with 56 homicides last year.
The site also shows the provinces have dramatically reduced their per-capita homicide rates over the past decade: Manitoba's per-capita rate of 2.0 homicides per 100,000 people was almost double that of Alberta at 3.4 homicides per 100,000 in 2019, and more than triple the Canadian average of 4.6 homicides per 100,000 people.
But the big surprise was that Nova Scotia ranked third per capita in 2020 with most of that province's 34 homicide total including the 22 people killed in the Gabriel Wortman case — the worst mass shooting in Canadian history.
The total in Nova Scotia, however, is dwarfed by Quebec's total of 54 homicides. The report found that the vast majority of people who have been murdered in Canada in recent years have been Indigenous.
Of the total, 1,093 were among Indigenous people — that is, those who identified themselves as Aboriginal on their death certificate. Most of those (982. were First Nations; 514 were Métis and the rest were Inuit.
In fourth place, fifth and sixth place provincially in terms of per-capita rates were Alberta (128 homicides), New Brunswick (15 homicides) and B.C. (81 homicides), followed by Ontario (224 homicides), whose rate was up slightly.