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New Resource--Cost of Injury in Canada, 2015 Report, Parachute

Every year, injury takes a staggering toll on children, seniors, families, and communities across the country.

Using most recently available data from 2010, the Cost of Injury in Canada, 2015 Report quantifies the financial and societal burden on our citizens, our health care system and the Canadian economy. Here’s a quick glance at the numbers.

The financial costs of preventable injuries are rising and unsustainable:

  • $27 billion lost to the economy annually
  • 3.5 million visits to emergency rooms
  • More than 60,000 disabilities
  • Injury costs Canadians more than heart and stroke disease.

The human costs are catastrophic:

  • 16,000 Canadians die each year
  • 43 Canadians die every day
  • Injury is the #1 killer of Canadians aged 1-44
  • The loss of life is equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every 10 days.

It is forecasted that unless action is taken, injuries will cost Canadians $75 billion dollars by 2035.

The Cost of Injury in Canada, 2015 Report has been produced in collaboration with the Conference Board of Canada and with support from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Visit http://www.parachutecanada.org/costofinjury to read the complete report.