Canada is considered one of the safest countries in the world. In 2018, Canada was ranked 6th of 163 countries on the Global Peace Index, which considers levels of violence or safety through measuring security and conflict. Canada’s high position on the index sits alongside Denmark and the Czech Republic, and is put 6 places before Australia, 17 spots before the Netherlands and 51 spots before the United Kingdom.
The OECD index, which attempts to measure quality of life more comprehensively, gives Canada a score of 9.1 out of ten for safety. This ranking puts Canada significantly above the United States (7.8), New Zealand (7.6) and Australia (7.5).
In this article, we take a look at safety in Canada across five factors: crime rate, worker health and safety, housing, health and emergency services, and general perceptions of personal safety!
Canada’s crime rate is 5,334. This number is decided by taking the number of criminal incidents that are reported to the police per 100,000 population. For comparison, the United States reports about 200% more homicides, 127% more aggravated assaults and 65% more robberies.
Canada upholds strict regulations that protect workers on the job. All businesses in the country have to ensure the health and safety of all employees while they are working. These obligations are enforced federally through the Canada Labour Code, which protects workers and employees rights.
Fortunately, Canada has one of the world’s best housing systems. Nearly 80% of residents have their housing needs met in the marketplace, with a investments in affordable housing programs increasing. In 2017, the Canadian government announced its first National Housing Strategy, which will dedicate $40 billion towards affordable, accessible, inclusive and sustainable homes.
As we have covered in the past, Canada’s healthcare system is highly-regarded around the world. All Canadians, including those with permanent resident status, have access to a free family doctor and hospital services throughout the country. Canada’s national health insurance plan ensures that all Canadians receive quality healthcare regardless of location or income.
In 2017, 88% of those in Canada reported feeling satisfied or very satisfied with their personal safety. Feelings of personal safety and security in Canada are among the highest of countries measured by the OECD, with 81% of people reporting that they feel safe walking alone at night. Canada’s receptive policies towards immigration, growing settlement services and increased targets should encourage newcomers to feel confident that they will be welcomed in Canada.
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