Statistics Canada
Symbol of the Government of Canada
Induced Abortion Statistics



Warning View the most recent version.

Archived Content

Information identified as archived is provided for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. It is not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards and has not been altered or updated since it was archived. Please "contact us" to request a format other than those available.


This product provides annual statistics on induced abortions performed in Canada on Canadian and non-Canadian residents. Where applicable for data years prior to 2004, data on induced abortions performed on Canadian women in selected American states are also provided.

Counts, rates per 1,000 women and ratios per 100 live births of induced abortions at the national, provincial and territorial levels are provided. Certain tables indicate the number of abortions performed in a hospital or in a clinic setting. Other tables indicate the counts, rates and ratios per 100 live births of induced abortions across age groups.

Some CANSIM tables provide data back to 1970, while others provide data back to 1974. These tables are updated annually to include the most current data year available. The Internet publication provides data for the latest 10 years available.

The data source for these tables is the Therapeutic Abortion Survey.

Free access to the data is provided through a special CANSIM interface. The CANSIM tables can be linked directly from three different locations in the HTML product:

Tables section:

  1. Related CANSIM tables
  2. Individual tables, in the Source

Related products section:

  1. Selected CANSIM tables from Statistics Canada