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Facts on Injury

Unintentional and intentional injuries are a serious public health concern in Canada:

  • The Cost of Injury in Canada report estimates the total economic burden of injury in Canada at $26.8 billion in 2010. This estimate includes direct costs of $15.9 billion arising from health care expenditures and indirect costs of $10.9 billion associated with reduced productivity from hospitalization, disability and premature death (Parachute. The Cost of Injury in Canada. Toronto, ON; Parachute, 2015).
  • According to the World Health Organization, each year around the world, more than 5 million people die from injuries. This accounts for 9% of the world's deaths, nearly 1.7 times the number of deaths from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. Globally, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds, with suicide and homicide the second and fourth leading causes of death in this age group, respectively (World Health Organization (WHO), Injury and Violence: The Facts 2014. Geneva, Switzerland: WHO; 2014).
  • In 2010, 15,886 Canadians died as a result of injuries (this figure excludes adverse events in medical care).Footnote
  • In 2009/10 (April 1 2009 - March 31 2010), 231,596 people were admitted to hospital in Canada because of injuries, excluding adverse events in medical care.Footnote
  • Injuries, excluding adverse events in medical care, are the leading cause of death for Canadians between the ages of 1 and 44 and the fifth leading cause of death for Canadians of all ages.Footnote
  • Many non-fatal injuries result in impairments and disabilities such as blindness, spinal cord injury and intellectual deficit due to brain injury.
Footnote

Public Health Agency of Canada analysis of data from the Hospital Morbidity Database, Canadian Institute for Health Information. Published in: Parachute. The Cost of Injury in Canada. Toronto, ON: Parachute; 2015