Provincial and Territorial

Substance Use Costs and Harms

Provincial and Territorial Report

Canadian Substance Use Costs and Harms in the Provinces and Territories (2007-2014) includes a summary of findings across the provinces and territories, allowing for comparisons at a glance between regions and in relation to national estimates. The report also includes infographics and data tables detailing costs in each province and territory by substance, cost category and year.

Key Findings

  • Per-person costs were higher than the 2014 national average in the Atlantic provinces, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the territories, and lower in Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia.
  • In 2014, alcohol was responsible for the greatest proportion of costs related to substance use in nine of 12 provinces and territories, the exceptions being Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, where tobacco-related costs were higher.
  • In most provinces and territories, lost productivity accounted for the greatest proportion of alcohol- and opioid-related costs, while health care accounted for the greatest proportion of tobacco-related costs. Criminal justice accounted for the greatest proportion of cannabis-related costs in all regions.
  • Between 2007 and 2014, opioid-attributable costs increased in most provinces. In some provinces, cannabis-attributable costs increased more than 20% while cocaine-attributable costs decreased more than 50%.

Want to learn more?

The provincial and territorial profiles accompany the national report, featuring separate, more detailed costs for individual provinces and territories.

To download standalone, full-size infographics for each province and territory, click on the icons below. For comparison, download the national infographic.

Provincial and Territorial Infographics

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