Every year, injury takes a staggering toll on children, seniors, families, and communities across the country. Parachute’s Cost of Injury in Canada report, published in 2015, quantifies the financial and societal burden on our citizens, our health care system and the Canadian economy.

The financial costs of preventable injuries are rising and unsustainable

Note all statistics cited on this webpage are from the 2015 report.

  • $27 billion lost to the economy annually.
  • 3.5 million visits to emergency rooms.
  • More than 60,000 disabilities.
  • Injury costs Canadians more than heart and stroke disease.

The human costs are catastrophic

  • 16,000 Canadians die each year.
  • 43 Canadians die every day.
  • Injury is the No. 1 killer of Canadians aged 1 to 44.
  • The loss of life is equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every 10 days.
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The Cost of Injury in Canada (2015)


Summary reports

Parachute produced two compendiums to the Cost of Injury in Canada report.

  • Summary Report No. 1 – Analysis of Injury Trends 2004 and 2010
  • Summary Report No. 2 – Falls & Transport Injury Trends in Children 2004 and 2010

The findings from the compendiums can be used by researchers, public health planners, practitioners and policy makers when designing and implementing injury prevention programs and services.

Findings from Summary Report No. 1 include:

  • Between 2004 and 2010, all major mechanisms of injury – falls, transport incidents and suicide experienced a statistically significant change.
  • The largest increase in mortality rate between 2004 and 2010 was due to falls, by 58 per cent (95 per cent CI = (49.6, 67.1) ), followed by unintentional poisonings and drownings.
  • Of all age groups, adults aged 65 and older experienced an increase in mortality, hospitalizations and emergency room visits between 2004 and 2010.

Findings from Summary Report No. 2 include:

  • The unintentional injury mortality rate in children 0 to 14 years has decreased from 4.33 per 100,000 to 3.75 per 100,00 between 2004 and 2010.
  • In 2010, transport injuries were the leading cause of injury-related deaths in children, comprising 48 per cent of all deaths due to unintentional injuries.
  • In 2010, falls were attributed to 42 per cent of all injury-related hospitalizations and 36 per cent of all injury-related emergency department visits in children.