Snowmobile fatalitiesNote 1 in Canada, 2013 to 2019

Release date: January 22, 2021
Infographic: Snowmobile fatalities in Canada, 2013 to 2019
Description: Snowmobile fatalities in Canada, 2013 to 2019

Snowmobile fatalities in Canada, 2013 to 2019

On average, 73 snowmobile deaths occur every year in Canada.

The vast majority of snowmobile-related deaths occurred among males.


Table 1
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 1. The information is grouped by Sex (appearing as row headers), Percent of snowmobile deaths (appearing as column headers).
Sex Percent of snowmobile deaths
Male 89%
Female 11%

Most deaths occurred among 20 to 64 year olds.


Table 2
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 2. The information is grouped by Age (appearing as row headers), Percent of snowmobile deaths (appearing as column headers).
Age Percent of snowmobile deaths
Under 20 years 7%
20 to 34 years 28%
35 to 49 years 29%
50 to 64 years 28%
65 years or older 8%

While 20% of fatal events involved multiple vehicles, the majority (80%)Note 2  involved a single vehicle. In nearly half of these single-vehicle events, the snowmobile collided with a stationary object.


Table 3
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 3. The information is grouped by Type of fatal single-vehicle event (appearing as row headers), Percent of single-vehicle events (appearing as column headers).
Type of fatal single-vehicle event Percent of single-vehicle events
Collision with a stationary object 49%
Submersion 14%
Ejection 14%
Avalanche 10%
Rollover 6%
Other/not specified 7%

Risk factorsNote 3

  • Alcohol/drug use was reported in 49% of snowmobile fatalities.
  • Excessive speed was reported in 34% of snowmobile fatalities.
  • Evening/night riding was reported in 35% of snowmobile fatalities.

Sources: Statistics Canada, Canadian Coroner and Medical Examiner Database, and Canadian Vital Statistics – Death Database.

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