The Most Dangerous Cities in Canada: a Maclean's exclusive

Which communities are the safest? Who's got the highest rates of murder, robbery, and assault?  Visit for a complete listing of 100 cities, plus interactive map


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TORONTO, Dec. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - CNW - Gang wars, drug abuse and an alleged serial killer guaranteed Prince George, B.C., the top spot on Maclean's fourth annual crime ranking of Canada's 100 largest cities.  

Year after year, Western cities dominate the rankings as the worst for crime. And, in reverse, the most populous cities in Ontario and Quebec consistently score well. Toronto's overall crime score ranking is No. 52, exactly where it was in 2000. However, on the East Coast, St. John's, Nfld., is finding its new prosperity carries a dark side—a rising crime score.  

To see how well your community or province did, go to for a complete listing. Our interactive map of Canada's safest and most dangerous cities allows you to quickly zoom in and see how cities stack up against one another. Maclean's lays out the odds of being robbed in Winnipeg, having a car stolen in Joliette, Que., having your home broken into in Belleville, Ont., being sexually assaulted in St. John, N.B., or suffering an aggravated assault in Saskatoon.

But the news isn't all bad. The national crime score has fallen almost 23 per cent over 10 years. Vancouver is a case in point: In 10 years it has gone from one of the worst crime rates in Canada to among the most improved.  

Canada's 5 most/least crime-ridden cities

(Percentage above the national crime score)
Prince George, B.C. (114%)
Victoria (75%)
Saskatoon (72%)
Red Deer, Alta. (71%)
Regina (67%)  

(Percentage below the national crime score)
Caledon, Ont. (59%)
Centre Wellington, Ont. (56)
Halton Region, Ont. (55)
Nottawasaga, Ont. (49)
Lévis, Que. (49)  

Maclean's used the Statistics Canada's Crime Severity Index and also tracked trends by commissioning from StatsCan a run of six indicator crime statistics. For full listings of 100 cities, methodology, interactive map and a breakdown by province and by different crimes, go to

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