Selected police-reported crime and calls for service during the COVID-19 pandemic, March 2020 to October 2020 (correction)
|March to October 2019||March to October 2020||Difference from 2019||Difference from 2019|
|Selected violations and calls for service1,2|
|Total criminal incidents||607,628||500,795||-106,833||-17.6|
|Total assaults (levels 1, 2, 3)||133,796||122,208||-11,588||-8.7|
|Assaults by non-family (levels 1, 2, 3)||79,042||71,405||-7,637||-9.7|
|Assaults by family (levels 1, 2, 3)||35,595||34,074||-1,521||-4.3|
|Assaults where relationship type is unknown||19,159||16,729||-2,430||-12.7|
|Total sexual assaults (levels 1, 2, 3)||15,459||12,407||-3,052||-19.7|
|Sexual assaults by non-family (levels 1, 2, 3)||10,114||7,952||-2,162||-21.4|
|Sexual assaults by family (levels 1, 2, 3)||2,751||2,477||-274||-10.0|
|Sexual assaults where relationship type is unknown||2,594||1,978||-616||-23.7|
|Uttering threats by non-family||18,382||16,765||-1,617||-8.8|
|Uttering threats by family||4,449||4,538||89||2.0|
|Uttering threats where relationship type is unknown||6,862||6,527||-335||-4.9|
|Assault against peace or public officer (level 1)||5,069||4,588||-481||-9.5|
|Dangerous operation, causing death or bodily harm||426||306||-120||-28.2|
|Impaired driving, causing death or bodily harm||435||332||-103||-23.7|
|Total breaking and entering||86,773||68,146||-18,627||-21.5|
|Breaking and entering, non-residential||44,684||37,221||-7,463||-16.7|
|Breaking and entering, residential||39,913||29,325||-10,588||-26.5|
|Breaking and entering where location type is unknown||2,176||1,600||-576||-26.5|
|Motor vehicle theft||53,815||43,984||-9,831||-18.3|
|Fraud / identity theft / identity fraud||85,232||77,869||-7,363||-8.6|
|Fail to comply with order||64,875||54,014||-10,861||-16.7|
|Impaired driving, operating while impaired||47,159||41,926||-5,233||-11.1|
|Provincial / Territorial acts related to COVID-19||...||22,867||...||...|
|Selected calls for service2,3|
|Total calls for service (correction)||186,365||201,886||15,521||8.3|
|Total mental health||50,472||56,624||6,152||12.2|
|Mental Health Act (MHA) apprehension||23,028||24,956||1,928||8.4|
|Mental health - other||27,444||31,668||4,224||15.4|
|Suicide / attempted suicide||23,150||21,773||-1,377||-5.9|
|Child welfare check (correction)||380||441||61||16.1|
|Wellness check - general||29,886||33,691||3,805||12.7|
|Child custody matter - domestic (correction)||492||617||125||25.4|
Statistics Canada, Special police-reported crime statistics - Special COVID-19 report to Statistics Canada.
Includes data reported by a sample of 19 police services across Canada.
Calls for service (CFS) are defined as calls received by police services that are citizen-generated or officer initiated, and required the tasking of police resources (e.g., a call to a 9-1-1 emergency line that resulted in the dispatch of an officer). Calls for service information was reported by 14 police services, as at the time of this release, the Montréal Police Service, Sûreté du Québec, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Edmonton Police Service and the Winnipeg Police Service were unable to provide calls for service data.
Some police services who provided CFS information overall were not able to report for every call type. In addition, police services in some cases were unable to separate the call types as presented, and provided counts that combine one or more call type together. For example, calls for domestic disputes may include child welfare situations, and calls for other mental health may include some Mental Health Act (MHA) apprehensions. Interpret calls for service data with caution.
Overdose counts do not reflect all overdose incidents occurring within police service boundaries as response is frequently by paramedics. Where police do not attend, the occurrence will not appear in police records.