Safe Cities profile series: Key indicators by census metropolitan area
Barrie, Ontario

Release date: May 15, 2020
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Satisfaction with safety

Barrie 90%, Ontario 89%, Canada 88%

proportion of people who reported being satisfied with their personal safety from crime in 2014

* significantly different from Barrie (p < 0.05)

Police-reported violent crime rate in 2018

Barrie 764, Ontario 899, Canada 1,143

rate per 100,000 population

Ten-year change in police-reported crime rate (2008 to 2018)

Barrie -28%, Ontario -16%, Canada, -17%

Population and demographics

Map showing the location of Barrie, Ontario

Barrie, Ontario

Barrie was home to 210,800 people in 2018, and it had a population density of 235 residents per square kilometre. Nearly one in three (31%) residents were aged 24 and younger, close to the distribution in Ontario (29%) and across Canada (28%).

About 3.6% of Barrie residents were part of the Indigenous population (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) in 2016, slightly higher than in Ontario (2.8%) but lower than Canada (4.9%). Immigrants represented just over one in seven (13%) residents, far lower than Ontario (29%) and Canada (22%). Less than one in ten (7.8%) immigrants in Barrie were recent immigrants (since 2011), lower than in Ontario (12.3%) and Canada (16.1%). The proportion of people who identified as a visible minority in Barrie (9.0%) was notably lower than Ontario (29.3%) and Canada overall (22.3%).

Education, employment and income

In 2016, three in five (60%) Barrie residents aged 25 to 64 had completed some form of postsecondary education, three in ten (29%) had completed high school (or equivalent) as their highest level of education, and one in ten (11%) had completed neither.

In 2018, the unemployment rate in Barrie (6.5%) was slightly higher than in Ontario (5.6%) and Canada’s provinces (5.8%). Households in Barrie earned a median after-tax annual income of $56,890 in 2017, higher than in Ontario ($53,850) and Canada ($52,090). The percentage of families considered low-income was slightly lower in Barrie (14%) than in Ontario (17%) and Canada (17%).

Housing and families

On average, there were 2.7 persons per household in Barrie in 2016, similar to Ontario (2.6) and Canada (2.4). Three in four (76%) households in Barrie owned their homes, higher than in Ontario (70%) and Canada (68%). When a household spends 30% or more of its income on shelter costs, it is considered to live in unaffordable housing: this was the case for just over one in four (27%) Barrie households, similar to Ontario (28%) but slightly higher than Canada (24%). A small proportion (4.8%) of occupied private dwellings in Barrie were in need of major repairs, lower than Ontario (6.1%) and Canada (6.5%). Just under one in five (18%) Barrie families were lone-parent families, similar to Ontario (17%) and Canada (16%). In 2018, there were an estimated 260 homeless individuals living in Barrie.

Community safety and sense of belonging

Self-reported experiences of victimization

Police-reported crime

  • In 2018, Barrie police reported an overall crime rate of 3,970 incidents per 100,000 population, 3% lower than in Ontario (4,113) and 28% lower than in Canada (5,488).
  • Over the past decade (2008 to 2018), police-reported crime declined by 28% in Barrie, while a smaller decline was seen in Ontario (-16%) and Canada (-17%).
  • The severity of crime in Barrie increased by 12% between 2017 and 2018, mostly due to an increase in breaking and entering, and fraud. Over the past decade (2008 to 2018), the severity of crime in Barrie declined by 20%, compared with a 15% decline in Ontario and a 17% decline in Canada.

Property crime

Violent crime

  • In 2018, there were 764 incidents of violent crime per 100,000 population reported by police in Barrie, 15% lower than Ontario (899) and 33% lower than Canada overall (1,143).
    • In Barrie, just over half (51%) of victims of violent crime were female, similar to Ontario (53%) and Canada (53%).
  • Between 2008 and 2018:
    • The violent crime rate in Barrie declined by 17%, a slightly larger decline than in Ontario (-14%) and Canada (-14%).
    • The severity of violent crime in Barrie was largely unchanged (an increase of less than 1%), compared with an 11% decline in Ontario and a 13% decline in Canada.
  • Violent crime against girls and women in Barrie saw a larger decline between 2009 and 2018 than violent crime against boys and men (-11% versus -7%).

Hate crime

Intimate partner violence

Homicide

Charts and tables

Chart 1 start

Chart 1 Police-reported violent and non-violent Crime Severity Indexes, census metropolitan area of Barrie, Ontario and Canada, 1998 to 2018

Data table for Chart 1 
Data table for Chart 1
Table summary
This table displays the results of Data table for Chart 1. The information is grouped by Year (appearing as row headers), Violent Crime Severity Index, Non-violent Crime Severity Index, Barrie, Ontario and Canada, calculated using index units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Year Violent Crime Severity Index Non-violent Crime Severity Index
Barrie Ontario Canada Barrie Ontario Canada
index
2006 77 87 100 78 75 100
2007 59 86 98 71 70 94
2008 52 82 95 68 67 89
2009 54 82 94 68 64 85
2010 50 78 89 63 61 81
2011 45 73 86 56 57 75
2012 44 70 82 51 55 73
2013 38 62 74 44 49 67
2014 42 58 71 43 47 65
2015 43 60 75 43 48 68
2016 46 65 77 44 49 70
2017 54 70 81 42 51 71
2018 53 73 82 49 55 72

Chart 1 end

Chart 2 start

Chart 2 Police-reported violent crime, by sex of victim, census metropolitan area of Barrie, Ontario and Canada, 2009 to 2018

Data table for Chart 2 
Data table for Chart 2
Table summary
This table displays the results of Data table for Chart 2. The information is grouped by Year (appearing as row headers), Female victims, Male victims, Barrie, Ontario and Canada, calculated using rate per 100,000 population units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Year Female victims Male victims
Barrie Ontario Canada Barrie Ontario Canada
rate per 100,000 population
2009 917 937 1,206 865 940 1,202
2010 911 917 1,209 877 913 1,162
2011 707 872 1,124 743 859 1,087
2012 717 824 1,079 724 809 1,048
2013 727 771 1,004 608 726 947
2014 764 721 952 730 675 898
2015 694 729 970 674 687 914
2016 778 741 978 706 708 910
2017 813 790 1,019 687 739 926
2018 812 834 1,048 805 766 936

Chart 2 end

Chart 3 start

Chart 3 Police-reported property crime, census metropolitan area of Barrie, Ontario and Canada, 2009 to 2018

Data table for Chart 3 
Data table for Chart 3
Table summary
This table displays the results of Data table for Chart 3. The information is grouped by Year (appearing as row headers), Barrie, Ontario and Canada, calculated using rate per 100,000 population units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Year Barrie Ontario Canada
rate per 100,000 population
2009 3,692 3,193 4,122
2010 3,486 2,968 3,838
2011 3,069 2,760 3,536
2012 2,750 2,648 3,438
2013 2,283 2,365 3,154
2014 2,241 2,281 3,100
2015 2,157 2,290 3,231
2016 2,060 2,315 3,239
2017 1,895 2,428 3,266
2018 2,188 2,621 3,339

Chart 3 end

Table 1 start


Table 1
Police-reported crime rate for selected offences, census metropolitan area of Barrie, Ontario and Canada, 2018
Table summary
This table displays the results of Police-reported crime rate for selected offences. The information is grouped by Type of offence (appearing as row headers), Barrie, Ontario, Canada, Percent difference between Barrie and Ontario and Percent difference between Barrie and Canada, calculated using rate units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Type of offence Barrie Ontario Canada Percent difference between Barrie and Ontario Percent difference between Barrie and Canada
rate
Total crime (excluding traffic) 3,970 4,113 5,488 -3 -28
Total violent crime 764 899 1,143 -15 -33
Violations causing death and attempted murder 2 5 4 -63 -59
Sexual assault and sexual violations against childrenTable 1 Note 1 81 91 101 -10 -19
AssaultsTable 1 Note 2 444 500 649 -11 -32
Other violent offences 237 303 389 -22 -39
Total property crime 2,188 2,621 3,339 -17 -34
Breaking and entering 241 319 431 -25 -44
TheftTable 1 Note 3 1,235 1,506 1,720 -18 -28
Fraud 340 381 402 -11 -15
MischiefTable 1 Note 4 339 372 699 -9 -52
Other property crime offences 33 43 86 -24 -61
Total other Criminal Code offences 1,018 593 1,006 72 1
Total Criminal Code traffic offences 203 199 339 2 -40
Total alcohol-impaired drivingTable 1 Note 5 131 92 178 42 -26
Total drug-impaired drivingTable 1 Note 6 8 6 12 33 -30
Alcohol and drug-impaired drivingTable 1 Note 7 2 0.6 0.7 292 224
Impaired driving (not specified)Table 1 Note 7 0.4 0.4 0.3 14 72
Other Criminal Code traffic offences 60 99 148 -39 -59
Total drug offences 132 146 225 -10 -41
Total other federal statute offences 18 29 70 -39 -75
Total all offences 4,322 4,487 6,123 -4 -29

Table 1 end

Table 2 start


Table 2
Police-reported violent crime rate for selected offences, by sex of victim, census metropolitan area of Barrie, Ontario and Canada, 2018
Table summary
This table displays the results of Police-reported violent crime rate for selected offences. The information is grouped by Type of offence (appearing as row headers), Barrie, Ontario, Canada, Female victims and Male victims, calculated using rate units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Type of offence Barrie Ontario Canada
Female victims Male victims Female victims Male victims Female victims Male victims
rate
Total violent crime 812 805 834 766 1,048 936
Violations causing death and attempted murder 1 3 3 7 2 6
Homicide 0 0 1 3 0.9 3
Other violations causing deathTable 2 Note 1 0 0 0.3 0.4 0.3 0.3
Attempted murder 1 3 1 4 1 3
Sexual offences 168 23 152 22 170 23
Sexual assault 142 22 130 17 134 16
Sexual assault – level 3 – aggravated 1 0 0.4 0.1 0.7 0.1
Sexual assault – level 2 – weapon or bodily harm 1 3 2 0.5 2 0.4
Sexual assault – level 1 140 19 128 17 131 16
Sexual violations against childrenTable 2 Note 2 25 1 22 5 36 7
Assaults 469 596 467 510 613 644
Physical assault 458 508 456 463 599 590
Assault – level 3 – aggravated 5 15 4 10 6 13
Assault – level 2 – weapon or bodily harm 77 139 83 126 111 173
Assault – level 1 376 354 369 327 483 404
Assault against a peace officer 11 81 7 37 10 48
Other assaults 0 7 4 10 4 7
Other violent offences 174 182 213 227 263 262
Firearms – use of, discharge, pointing 0 4 2 6 2 6
Robbery 13 72 27 83 31 75
Forcible confinement or kidnapping 13 3 12 2 15 3
Trafficking in personsTable 2 Note 3 4 0 2 0sNote: value rounded to 0 (zero) where there is a meaningful distinction between true zero and the value that was rounded. A “0” represents a true zero value. 1 0sNote: value rounded to 0 (zero) where there is a meaningful distinction between true zero and the value that was rounded. A “0” represents a true zero value.
Extortion 3 3 4 7 6 9
Criminal harassment 49 12 52 16 53 17
Uttering threats 64 84 85 102 114 134
Indecent or harassing communications 8 4 16 8 22 9
Non-consensual distribution of intimate images 7 0 5 0.8 7 1
Commodification of sexual activityTable 2 Note 4 1 0 0.6 0sNote: value rounded to 0 (zero) where there is a meaningful distinction between true zero and the value that was rounded. A “0” represents a true zero value. 1 0.1
Other violent offences 12 0 6 3 10 8
Total traffic offences 1 3 2 3 16 21
Traffic violations causing death 0 0 0.3 0.7 0.4 0.9
Traffic violations causing bodily harm 1 3 2 3 6 7
Traffic violations – injury unspecified or unknownTable 2 Note 5 0 0 0.1 0 9 12

Table 2 end

Table 3 start


Table 3
Police-reported crime for selected offences, census metropolitan area of Barrie, Ontario and Canada, 2018
Table summary
This table displays the results of Police-reported crime for selected offences. The information is grouped by Type of offence (appearing as row headers), Barrie, Ontario and Canada, calculated using number and rate units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Type of offence Barrie Ontario Canada
number rate number rate number rate
Total non-violent crime 8,134 3,558 513,941 3,588 1,845,269 4,979
Total property crime 5,001 2,188 375,402 2,621 1,237,324 3,339
Breaking and entering 551 241 45,736 319 159,812 431
Possess stolen propertyTable 3 Note 1 72 31 4,854 34 23,898 64
Theft of motor vehicle 228 100 23,952 167 86,132 232
Theft over $5,000 (non-motor vehicle) 117 51 5,887 41 20,113 54
Theft of $5,000 or under (non-motor vehicle) 2,478 1,084 185,837 1,297 531,312 1,434
Fraud 767 336 49,193 343 129,409 349
Identity theft 0 0 426 3 3,745 10
Identity fraud 10 4 4,907 34 15,839 43
MischiefTable 3 Note 2 774 339 53,236 372 259,064 699
Arson 4 2 1,374 10 8,000 22
Total other offences 2,327 1,018 84,959 593 372,834 1,006
Weapons violations 98 43 4,415 31 16,610 45
Child pornographyTable 3 Note 3 13 6 1,669 12 5,843 16
ProstitutionTable 3 Note 4 15 7 29 0.2 110 0.3
Terrorism 0 0 58 0.4 102 0.3
Disturb the peace 300 131 5,075 35 94,378 255
Administration of justice offences 1,765 772 66,876 467 226,864 612
Other offences 136 59 6,837 48 28,927 78
Total Criminal Code traffic offences 463 203 28,446 199 125,544 339
Total alcohol-impaired drivingTable 3 Note 5 300 131 13,216 92 65,820 178
Total drug-impaired drivingTable 3 Note 6 19 8 894 6 4,429 12
Alcohol and drug-impaired drivingTable 3 Note 7 5 2 80 0.6 250 0.7
Impaired driving (not specified)Table 3 Note 7 1 0.4 55 0.4 94 0.3
Other Criminal Code traffic offences 138 60 14,201 99 54,951 148
Total drug offences 302 132 20,937 146 83,483 225
Total other federal statute offences 41 18 4,197 29 26,084 70
Human traffickingTable 3 Note 8 7 3 94 0.7 112 0.3
Youth Criminal Justice Act 20 9 1,076 8 4,823 13
Other federal statute offences 14 6 3,027 21 21,149 57

Table 3 end

Table 4 start


Table 4
Police-reported crime rate, census metropolitan area of Barrie, 2008 to 2018
Table summary
This table displays the results of Police-reported crime rate. The information is grouped by Year (appearing as row headers), Violent crime, Property crime and Total crime, calculated using number, rate and percent change in rate from previous year units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Year Violent crime Property crime Total crime
number rate percent change in rate from previous year number rate percent change in rate from previous year number rate percent change in rate from previous year
2008 1,794 916 -4 6,874 3,511 -6 10,750 5,490 -6
2009 1,856 938 2 7,303 3,692 5 10,908 5,515 0.5
2010 1,854 925 -1 6,986 3,486 -6 10,478 5,228 -5
2011 1,632 803 -13 6,237 3,069 -12 9,575 4,711 -10
2012 1,634 791 -1 5,682 2,750 -10 8,934 4,324 -8
2013 1,467 696 -12 4,808 2,283 -17 7,736 3,673 -15
2014 1,609 753 8 4,785 2,241 -2 7,935 3,716 1
2015 1,543 713 -5 4,666 2,157 -4 7,680 3,550 -4
2016 1,619 734 3 4,540 2,060 -5 7,749 3,515 -1
2017 1,705 762 4 4,240 1,895 -8 7,795 3,483 -0.9
2018 1,747 764 0.3 5,001 2,188 15 9,075 3,970 14
Percent change from 2008 to 2018 -3 -17 Note ...: not applicable -27 -38 Note ...: not applicable -16 -28 Note ...: not applicable

Table 4 end

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Note: This fact sheet contains data that come from multiple sources across multiple reference years. Some figures may be presented differently than in other Statistics Canada publications due to rounding. For detailed information on data definitions and sources, please refer to the Safe Cities profile series: Definitions and data sources document.

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