This summer, Statistics Canada released stats for police-reported crime in 2009. Canadian crime is once again down, falling 3% between 2008 and 2009 and 17% between 1999 and 2009.

Canadian crime by provinces

The highest crime rates in the country are in the western provinces and northern territories. The only crime increases came in Manitoba and Nunavut. Nunavut had the highest crime severity index ranking in the country and the highest violent Canadian crime ranking as well. Prince Edward Island was the safest province in the country.

In terms of metropolitan areas, Regina, Saskatchewan is the most dangerous region in the country followed by Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Guelph, Ontario, Quebec City, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario are the safest. The national crime rate reached a peak in the late 1980s/early 1990s and the current rate is similar to the late 1970s. However, the crime rate from 1962 to 1972 was much lower than it is today. Canada’s crime rate was 131% higher in 2009 than in 1962, when Statistics Canada first started keeping records.

So while the good news is that crime continues to fall, it’s obvious that we have a long road ahead of us.