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article imageDeath rates from accidental death higher in Northern Canada

By KJ Mullins     Mar 21, 2011 in World
When it comes to accidental death the odds are stacked higher for Northern Canadians than for their neighbours in the southern area of the nation. The types of accidents are the same in Canada but those in the north tend to die more often from them.
Gilles Rheaume, Vice-President, Public Policy said that the suburbs and urban areas in Canada are generally safer than the rural areas but cannot say for certain what makes the accidental death rates so much higher in the north.
"Treacherous roads, severe weather conditions, hazardous jobs, and traditional activities such as hunting, fishing and trapping in remote areas could be factors. The relative lack of doctors and the long distances between Northern communities could also contribute to the higher rate of death from unintentional injuries."
Accidental deaths are deaths caused by "unintentional injury" such as motor vehicle collisions, falls, drowning, burns, poisoning.
The most extreme example of this difference is that in northeastern Manitoba a person is almost six times more likely to die in an accident than someone that lives in Montreal's Laval suburb.
The five census divisions with the highest rates of death from unintentional injury (per 100,000 population) are:
* Burntwood/Churchill (Northern Manitoba) - 84
* Nunavik (Northern Quebec) - 78
* Athabasca/Keewatin/Mamawetan (Northern Saskatchewan) - 72
* Northeast Health Region (Northern British Columbia) - 69
* Nunavut - 62
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