The Safest and Most Dangerous Cities in Canada - Survey
TORONTO - There is now more evidence today that the suburbs is the place to raise a family.
According to a survey by Maclean's magazine of the most dangerous cities in Canada, Caledon, York and Halton regions of Ontario are among the safest places to live in Canada, for the second year in a row. Oromocto, N.B., Levis, Quebec and Maskoutains MRC, Quebec also topped the list of safe cities.
Saskatoon is considered to be the most dangerous city in which to live, followed by Winnipeg, Regina, Prince George, and Edmonton respectively.
Canada’s two largest cities, Toronto and Montreal, also fared well. While news headlines leave the impression streets run with blood, the worst of the crime is committed within a few high-risk areas. Maclean’s ranked Toronto’s crime score a respectable 29th of 100 cities, improving from 26th last year. Montreal improved to 24th from 19th.
The West continues to have chronically high crime levels. Of the top 10 crime centres, only Halifax (No. 7) is east of Winnipeg. The others in the top 10 include Edmonton (No. 5) and the B.C. cities of Prince George, Chilliwack, Vancouver, Surrey and Victoria.
According to Statistics Canada, the overall crime rate was the lowest its been in 30 years in 2007. Thirty-four areas including Quebec City, Cape Breton, N.S., and North Vancouver, B.C. didn't have a single murder, while Montreal and Toronto both improved over the previous year's results.
Rankings are derived from 2007 per-capita crime rates, the most recent available from the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics.