The Most Dangerous Cities in Canada: Sexual Assault

2009 Maclean’s National Crime Rankings

2007 sexual assault rates as a percentage difference from the national rate
Area Population % difference Rank
SAINT JOHN, N.B. 69,357 130.53 1
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. 73,911 93.45 2
HALIFAX 215,830 80.22 3
SASKATOON 206,365 76.56 4
THUNDER BAY, ONT. 114,286 65.46 5
CAPE BRETON, N.S. 103,418 60.55 6
MONTCALM MRC, QUE. 52,828 51.33 7
SHAWINIGAN MRC, QUE 51,875 51.15 8
PETERBOROUGH LAKEFIELD, ONT. 76,368 48.97 9
KAMLOOPS, B.C. 83,527 41.73 10
WINNIPEG 653,733 37.11 11
SARNIA, ONT. 74,253 36.65 12
KELOWNA, B.C. 113,109 35.92 13
BRANTFORD, ONT. 93,156 35.33 14
FREDERICTON 52,339 35.12 15
VICTORIA, B.C. 95,477 32.04 16
SAGUENAY, QUE. 144,924 28.36 17
REGINA 183,540 26.48 18
EDMONTON 763,732 23.80 19
MEDICINE HAT, ALTA. 60,246 19.94 20
DRUMMOND MRC, QUE. – (DRUMMOND MRC, 24526) 95,448 17.58 21
SUDBURY, ONT. 162,438 15.47 22
BURNABY, B.C. 221,856 10.88 23
SAINT-JÉRÔME, QUE. 67,600 9.17 24
RIMOUSKI-NEIGETTE, QUE. 53,667 8.86 25
OXFORD COMMUNITY, ONT. 62,221 8.72 26
ST. JOHN’S 182,605 5.24 27
SURREY, B.C. 425,428 4.44 28
VANCOUVER 609,785 2.87 29
BARRIE, ONT. 139,298 2.64 30
ST.JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, QUE. 88,803 2.14 31
KINGSTON, ONT. 119,423 0.41 32
CHATHAM-KENT, ONT. 109,123 0.03 33
SOUTH SIMCOE, ONT., MUNICIPAL, ONT. – (Bradford West Gwillimbury and Innisfil, 35275) 57,584 -1.21 34
DURHAM REGION, ONT. 595,354 -1.87 35
KINGS COUNTY, N.S. 55,066 -2.28 36
HAMILTON 519,741 -2.68 37
CHILLIWACK, B.C. 72,491 -4.56 38
TERREBONNE, QUE. 121,845 -6.63 39
QUEBEC CITY 535,321 -8.67 40
NANAIMO, B.C. 83,648 -9.94 41
FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA. 54,813 -10.25 42
STORMONT/DUNDAS/GLENGARRY, ONT. 67,113 -10.66 43
PETROLIA, ONT. 52,661 -12.42 44
TROIS-RIVIÈRES, QUE. 127,190 -12.97 45
MONTREAL 1,871,846 -13.10 46
NIAGARA REGION, ONT. 433,946 -13.20 47
LETHBRIDGE, ALTA. 82,146 -13.91 48
SAULT STE. MARIE, ONT. 76,136 -15.19 49
NEWWESTMINSTER, B.C. 64,161 -16.13 50
TORONTO 2,651,717 -16.16 51
CODIAC REGION, N.B. 104,650 -16.26 52
NORFOLK, ONT. 63,864 -18.15 53
GRANBY, QUE. 60,902 -19.22 54
GATINEAU-MÉTRO, QUE. 251,274 -20.46 55
WINDSOR, ONT. 220,569 -20.54 56
CHÂTEAUGUAY, QUE. 69,899 -20.82 57
LONDON, ONT. 362,561 -21.13 58
NORTH BAY, ONT. 56,716 -21.39 59
WATERLOO REGION, ONT. 496,370 -22.57 60
LONGUEUIL, QUE. 395,168 -22.97 61
THÉRÈSE-DE-BLAINVILLE, QUE. 80,080 -23.21 62
GUELPH, ONT. 120,254 -23.29 63
SAANICH, B.C. 112,335 -24.73 64
HALIFAX COUNTY, , N.S. 169,627 -25.68 65
RED DEER, ALTA. 97,038 -28.70 66
MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. 76,267 -29.45 67
ABBOTSFORD, B.C. 135,253 -29.52 68
TRACADIE-SHEILA, N.B. 54,869 -29.95 69
JOLIETTE RÉGIE INTERMUN., QUE. 59,763 -30.54 70
CALGARY 1,038,481 -30.86 71
SHERBROOKE, QUE. 149,875 -31.27 72
OTTAWA 846,169 -33.50 73
PEEL REGION, ONT. 1,222,639 -34.24 74
KELOWNA, B.C. (Rural) 51,560 -34.40 75
WELLINGTON COUNTY, ONT. 88,944 -36.04 76
STRATHCONA COUNTY, ALTA. 51,940 -37.84 77
LANGLEY TOWNSHIP, B.C. 100,591 -40.39 78
NOTTAWASAGA, ONT. 54,122 -43.19 79
RICHMOND, B.C. 193,164 -43.49 80
MIDDLESEX, ONT. 54,417 -43.50 81
LÉVIS, QUE. 133,470 -44.71 82
LAVAL, QUE. 381,651 -44.81 83
ST. ALBERT, ALTA. 64,535 -47.59 84
ARTHABASKA MRC, QUE. 67,618 -47.71 85
HURONIA WEST, ONT. 51,263 -49.02 86
MRC VAUDREUIL-SOUL. 126,383 -51.34 87
COQUITLAM, B.C. 133,218 -52.68 88
OROMOCTO, N.B. 59,890 -53.79 89
DELTA, B.C. 103,323 -53.87 90
PORT COQUITLAM, B.C. 59,732 -58.82 91
MASKOUTAINS MRC, QUE. 82,456 -58.98 92
CALEDON, ONT. 73,877 -62.54 93
REPENTIGNY, QUE. 86,644 -62.74 94
YORK REGION, ONT. 975,501 -62.81 95
RICHELIEU SAINT-LAURENT, QUE. 180,520 -63.38 96
HALTON REGION, ONT. 468,980 -65.91 97
ROUSSILLON RÉGIE INTERMUN., QUE. 95,717 -69.48 98
NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. 90,864 -69.54 99
LAC-ST-JEAN-EST MRC, QUE. 51,543 -70.17 100

Source: Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Maclean’s

Methodology
Maclean’s obtained annual crime data from Statistics Canada for municipal police services with the 100 largest populations in the nation. Using 2007 rates per 100,000 population for six crimes—homicide, sexual assault, aggravated assault, vehicle theft, robbery plus breaking and entering—Maclean’s calculated the percentage difference from the national rate for each of the six crimes. In consultation with StatsCan, we gave each crime equal weights and standardized the rates to obtain an overall score that measured each area’s percentage difference from the national rate. Data from Nunavut and the Northwest Territories are excluded from the provincial and territorial score calculations due to their extreme crime rate values, which are inconsistent with the distribution of the rest of the country.

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