VitalSigns of Greater Montreal 2008 Foundation of Greater Montreal's website
Comment Vital Signs
source : Statistique Canada
  • In 2007, the rate of criminal violations of the highway code was 350 per 100,000 residents, a 56% reduction relative to 1991, when the rate was 793 violations per 100,000 residents. The region is in a favourable position in that regard, as its rate of violations is lower than the averages for Canada (400 per 100,000) and Quebec (461 per 100,000). 1
  • Between 2005 and 2006, the rate of spousal violence on the island declined from 400 per 100,000 residents to 343 per 100,000. This downward trend has been observed since 2001. 2
  • In 2007, the number of sexual assaults on the island declined from 1,694 to 1,320, the second consecutive annual reduction. Thanks to this 22.1% reduction, Montreal had its lowest level of sexual assaults of the last 10 years. 3
  • Also in 2007, the rate of hate crimes in Greater Montreal was lower than the national average and the rates in other major Canadian cities. Hate crimes are criminal offences that target an identifiable group (based on race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.). They are unique in that they affect not only the victim but an entire community. It is interesting to note that, nationally, 38% of the perpetrators in 2006 were between 12 and 17 years old. According to the data for 2005, the victims of hate crimes were also mainly found in the 12-to-24 age group. 4
  • In 2003, 12% of Grade 4 students on the island said they had been the victims of bullying and 16% said they had been the targets of intimidation. Thus it is not surprising that 32% of these students (40% among girls) stated they were afraid of being victimized on their way to school. This feeling of insecurity diminished with age, but it remained significant: one in four Grade 6 students said they were fearful on their way to school 5

  • In terms of personal safety, in 2004, 94% of Greater Montreal residents felt generally satisfied. This widely shared sense of satisfaction can also be found throughout Canada as well as in other metropolitan areas such as Toronto (93 %), Calgary (96 %) and Vancouver (90 %). 6

Source :
1 Statistics Canada, Table 252-0013, Cansim series.
2 Sécurité publique Québec, Statistiques 2006 sur la criminalité commise dans un dans un contexte de violence conjugale.
Quebec, 2007.

3 Service de police de la Ville de Montréal,
   Additional information and statistical data 2007, Statistical data – 2007 Annual Review. Montreal, 2008.
4 Statistics Canada, “Hate Crime in Canada,” based on data from the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, the Universal Crime Reporting (UCR 2.2) Survey and the Hate Crime Supplemental Survey.
5 Direction de santé publique Montréal, Objectif jeunes : comprendre, soutenir. Rapport annuel 2004-2005 sur la santé de la population montréalaise. Agence de développement de réseaux locaux de services de santé et de services sociaux, 2005.)
Statistique Canada, Enquête sociale générale sur la victimisation, cycle 18 : la sécurité personnelle et les perceptions du système de justice pénale dans les territoires, 2004.