Statistics Canada has released its latest count of deaths in Canada from February 26 to March 2, 2017, and it showed the capital city of Toronto was the deadliest city in Canada.
In 2016, there were 5,547 people killed, including 3,837 fatalities in Toronto, which accounted for 42 per cent of the city’s total deaths.
The capital city has experienced a surge in homicides in the past year.
In December, the number hit 1,631, with 717 deaths.
On March 2 there were 2,828 deaths, the most since November.
Toronto also saw a spike in the number reported missing, with a total of 1,724 reported missing between January 1 and March 4.
Statistics Canada says it’s still not certain if there are more missing than homicides, but the increase in homicides is alarming.
In the past week alone, there have been 562 homicides reported, and 2,907 missing persons.
In total, the capital has reported 3,977 homicides and 2.7 million missing persons, or 13 per cent and 14 per cent, respectively.
“There has been a dramatic increase in the total number of homicides and the number missing persons in Toronto,” said Statistics Canada spokesperson Caroline Cusumano.
“This has been compounded by the coronavirus outbreak.”
Cusomano said the city continues to be a high priority for coronaviruses, with an average of two new cases a day in the capital, and that there are now five coronaviral cases per 100,000 people.
“At this rate, it is likely that the city of downtown Toronto will soon see a number of deaths,” she said.
“In a year when Canada’s cities have been targeted by coronavires, we are witnessing an unprecedented surge in death and injury.”