National

Substance Use Costs and Harms

The Canadian Substance Use Costs and Harms report presents estimates of the costs of substance use in Canada from 2007 to 2014, broken down by:

Snapshot of Findings

In 2014,

Alcohol
Alcohol ($14.6 billion or 38.1% of the total cost)
Tobacco
Tobacco ($12.0 billion or 31.2% of the total cost)
Opioids
Opioids ($3.5 billion or 9.1% of the total cost)
Cannabis
Cannabis ($2.8 billion or 7.3% of the total cost)
Lost Productivity
Lost productivity ($15.7 billion or 40.8% of the total cost)
Healthcare
Healthcare costs ($11.1 billion or 29.0% of the total cost)
Criminal Justice
Criminal justice costs ($9.0 billion or 23.3% of the total cost)
Other Direct Costs
Other Direct Costs ($2.7 billion or 7.0% of the total cost)
Yukon
Yukon
Northwest Territories Northwest Territories
Nunavut Nunavut

Between 2007 and 2014,

  • The per-person costs associated with SU increased 5.5% from $1,025 per person in 2007 to approximately $1,081 in 2014
  • The per-person costs associated with alcohol use increased by 11.6% from $369 per person to $412 per person
  • Per-person costs increased by 19.1% for cannabis ($67 to $79) and 6.8% for tobacco ($315 to $337)
  • Per-person costs decreased by 24.6% for cocaine ($84 to $63) and by 17.9% for other substances ($20 to $16)

Get detailed results and methods

More detailed results and methods can be found in the accompanying Canadian Substance Use Costs and Harms: Technical Report. Please contact us for a copy of the technical report.