Canada: number of drug-related offences from 2000 to 2017

Number of drug-related offences in Canada from 2000 to 2017

by Statista Research Department, last edited Apr 29, 2019
Canada: number of drug-related offences from 2000 to 2017 This statistic shows the total number of drug-related offences in Canada from 2000 to 2017. There were 90,625 drug-related offences nationwide in Canada in 2017.
Drug-related Crime

Drug-related crime is any crime that has to do with the manufacture, sale, possession or transportation of a substance illegal under Canada’s criminal code. Drug-related crime is one of the few areas of crime in Canada that has not been on the decline over the last few decades. Over the period of 2000 to 2014 the rate of drug-related offences in Canada has remained virtually unchanged. By far, the largest portion of drug-related offences in Canada is for the possession of cannabis. The number of all offenses related to cannabis was over four times higher than the next illicit substance. Likewise, possession of any substance is also the most common drug-related offense, occurring almost four times as frequently as the next offense.

Canada’s new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to introduce legislation that would seek to legalize and regulate cannabis by 2017 in hopes of relieving the burden on the justice system and reducing the number of Canadians who end up with a criminal record for minor possession offences.

At the moment, the vast majority of youths who are found guilty of a drug-related offense in criminal courts are sentenced to probation. In contrast, adults are dealt with more strictly, with the distribution of sentences for the guilty being even between, probation, fines, and custody.
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Number of drug-related offences in Canada from 2000 to 2017

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Number of offences
200088,091
200189,395
200292,781
200386,791
200497,630
200593,664
200696,175
2007101,208
2008102,271
200997,963
2010109,222
2011113,345
2012110,093
2013109,091
2014104,518
201599,827
201696,515
201790,625
Number of offences
200088,091
200189,395
200292,781
200386,791
200497,630
200593,664
200696,175
2007101,208
2008102,271
200997,963
2010109,222
2011113,345
2012110,093
2013109,091
2014104,518
201599,827
201696,515
201790,625
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by Statista Research Department, last edited Apr 29, 2019
This statistic shows the total number of drug-related offences in Canada from 2000 to 2017. There were 90,625 drug-related offences nationwide in Canada in 2017.
Drug-related Crime

Drug-related crime is any crime that has to do with the manufacture, sale, possession or transportation of a substance illegal under Canada’s criminal code. Drug-related crime is one of the few areas of crime in Canada that has not been on the decline over the last few decades. Over the period of 2000 to 2014 the rate of drug-related offences in Canada has remained virtually unchanged. By far, the largest portion of drug-related offences in Canada is for the possession of cannabis. The number of all offenses related to cannabis was over four times higher than the next illicit substance. Likewise, possession of any substance is also the most common drug-related offense, occurring almost four times as frequently as the next offense.

Canada’s new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to introduce legislation that would seek to legalize and regulate cannabis by 2017 in hopes of relieving the burden on the justice system and reducing the number of Canadians who end up with a criminal record for minor possession offences.

At the moment, the vast majority of youths who are found guilty of a drug-related offense in criminal courts are sentenced to probation. In contrast, adults are dealt with more strictly, with the distribution of sentences for the guilty being even between, probation, fines, and custody.
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