THUNDER BAY – NEWS – Thunder Bay is in the running for the dubious title of Murder Capital of Canada again. Thunder Bay, Ont., with a rate of 5.8 homicides per 100,000 population. The national average in Canada in 2016 was 1.68 homicides per 100,000 population.
The official statistics will come out later in 2018, but it appears that Thunder Bay could once again top the list in Canada.
Second place could be Abbotsford in British Columbia.
Thunder Bay has held the title of murder capital in 2014 and in 2016.
The figures for 2017 are unofficial but point to a continuation of the issues facing police and city officials. Contributing factors in Thunder Bay to the homicide rate are poverty, addiction, homelessness, and over time the growing influence of gangs from outside the city who are arriving in the city to fill the growing demand for illegal drugs.
Statistics Canada reports the official numbers usually in July.