Today, Parachute launched The Cost of Injury in Canada Report that show the financial costs of preventable injuries are rising, while the human costs are catastrophic. Using the latest national and provincial data available (2010), the Report shows $27 billion is lost to the economy, surpassing heart and stroke disease costs. Injury is the number one killer of Canadians aged 1-44, with 43 people dying every day. The loss of life is equivalent to a jumbo jet crashing every ten days, with no survivors.

These statistics show that without intervention, the numbers of deaths and injuries will continue to climb.

Injury Impact

2004

2010

2015*

2035*

$ lost to Canadian economy

$20 billion

$27 billion

$33 billion

$75 billion

Canadian deaths

37 per day

43 per day

46 per day

71 per day

*Forecasted based on 2010 data

Since the previous Report, economic losses have risen 35 per cent; and, without action, forecasts show it will rise by 180 per cent in 2035.

Parachute published the Report in collaboration with The Conference Board of Canada and with funding support from The Public Health Agency of Canada. The Report release event – held today at the Economic Club of Canada – was sponsored by Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life, Parachute’s National Development Sponsor.

For a full overview of the report, visit http://www.parachutecanada.org/costofinjury  If you have any questions, please contact us at info@parachutecanada.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

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