Canada: number of drug-related offences 2000-2018

This statistic shows the total number of drug-related offences in Canada from 2000 to 2018. There were 83,483 drug-related offences nationwide in Canada in 2018.

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 2018 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.

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.

Number of drug-related offences in Canada from 2000 to 2018

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Source

Release date

July 2019

Region

Canada

Survey time period

2000 to 2018

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