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Total crime 36%
Violent crime 34%
Property crime 37%
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Total crime includes all violent and property crime. Violent crimes include: homicide, murder, assault, robbery, kidnapping, extortion, harassment, threats and all other violent violations. Property crimes include: breaking and entering, theft, motor vehicle theft, fraud, mischief and all other property crime violations. Crimes not reflected in this table include: criminal code violations, traffic violations, federal statute violations and drug violations. This crime data is estimated based on Statistics Canada data.
IndexOttawa/100k peopleOntario/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime2,6983,0864,223
Violent crime6937921,042
Property crime2,0052,2943,181

All Crime Incidents

StatisticOttawaOntarioNational
Total incidents36,873595,8682,225,600
Incidents per 100k3,5354,0445,856
Change in 100k rate-21.4%-11.0%-9.8%
All crime incidents includes all violent and property crime as well as criminal code violations (child pornography, disturbing the peace, justice violations), traffic violations (impaired driving), federal statute violations and drug violations.

Persons Charged By Age Group (per 100k)

StatisticOttawaOntarioNational
All (12+ years)1,0181,3991,709
Youths (12-17)6968371,108
Adults (18+)1,0441,4441,757

Weighted Clearance Rates

StatisticOttawaOntarioNational
Clearance rate354037
Clearance rate change-3.2%0.2%0.2%
Clearance rate violent526158
Clearance rate property273027
More severe crimes such as robberies, assault and homicides are given more weight to the overall clearance rates. Less severe crimes such as vehicle theft, fraud and mischief are given less weight to the overall clearance rates.

Key findings

  • Ottawa crime rates are 36% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Ottawa are 34% lower than the national average
  • In Ottawa you have a 1 in 38 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Ottawa is safer than 79% of the cities in Canada
  • Year over year crime in Ottawa has decreased by 16%

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The Ottawa crime map provides an overview of all crimes (per 100k) in Ottawa based on estimates. Estimates include demographic data such as, but not limited to: home prices, median household income and population density. Based on the color coded legend above, the crime map outlines the areas with lower crime compared to the areas with higher crime. The Ottawa crime heat map offers insight into the total crimes on a neighbourhood level.

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      Daily Crime In Ottawa (per 100,000 people)

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      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Ottawa

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Ottawa is 1 in 145
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Ottawa is 1 in 50
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Ottawa is 1 in 38

      Year Over Year Crime In Ottawa

      StatisticOttawaOntarioNational
      Total-16.4%-8.7%-7.9%
      Violent-20.9%-7.9%-3.6%
      Property-14.3%-9.1%-9.8%

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Chelsea, QC7,181236461697
      Cantley, QC11,7673486781,026
      L'Ange-Gardien, QC3,7684528811,333
      Gatineau, QC293,6959521,8572,809
      Ottawa, ON1,058,1266932,0052,698

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Edmonton, AB1,053,3921,2285,1446,372
      Winnipeg, MB775,4401,6784,4106,088
      Mississauga, ON764,3424841,4001,884
      Calgary, AB1,371,9908113,3954,206
      Brampton, ON735,7547592,1992,958
      Ottawa, ON1,058,1266932,0052,698
      Source: The Ottawa, ON data reflects 2020 and was released from Statistics Canada.