OVID-19 continues to affect communities and families across the country and many have lost family members and friends. Beyond deaths attributed to the disease itself, the pandemic could also have indirect consequences that increase or decrease the number of deaths as a result of various factors, including increased substance use.

  • From January to mid-December 2020, there were an estimated 296,373 deaths in Canada, representing an excess of 13,798 deaths above and beyond what would have been expected had there been no pandemic
  • This is about 7% more deaths than the 277,276 observed within the same time frame in 2019

You can read the full report here: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/210310/dq210310c-eng.htm