The City of Kenora has been ranked as one of the most dangerous cities in Canada, following a recent report from Macleans Canada. Notably, Kenora has the second-highest sexual assault rate in Canada, and is sitting sixth-highest for assaults.
The report ranks communities according to their Crime Severity Index, a Statistics Canada measure of all police-reported crime, which takes into consideration both the volume and seriousness of offences.
Kenora and surrounding areas – with a population of 19,640 - sits at 41 for all crime, as the area has a CSI rating of 110. The national average is 70.96. In last year’s rankings, Kenora had a CSI of 78, and was ranked as the 80th most dangerous city in Canada.
The Kenora area was ranked 14th for violent crime. Macleans reports that the area saw 336 assaults – which is over three times the national average per 100,000 of population.
The report also states that the area had 46 sexual assaults, which is over four times the national average per a population of 100,000. The area only trails Thompson, Manitoba for sexual assaults across Canada.
For drug crime, Kenora was ranked 58 for cannabis trafficking with 5 reported incidents, which is lower than the national average. The area saw a higher than average ranking for cocaine trafficking with 6 incidents – good for a ranking of 48, and 7 other drug trafficking incidents were reported, for a ranking of 50.
14 robberies were reported, which is just above the national average. Kenora sits at 37 on the rankings. The area also ranked highly for youth crime, with a ranking of 22. There were 9 youth crime incidents reported – which is close to three times the national average.
The area saw a ranking of 79 for breaking and entering with 87 incidents reported – which is just above the average. Fraud crimes were above the average with 87 incidents, for a ranking of 63. The area also saw a higher than average ranking for impaired driving at 62, with 57 reported incidents.
Kenora sits at 230 for firearm offences, with 0 reported. Homicides also saw a reported 0 incidents, leaving Kenora with a ranking of 224.
Saskatchewan’s North Battleford has the worst Crime Severity Index ranking across Canada, with a rating of 372. Thompson in Manitoba sits second on the list.
Kenora was the only northwestern Ontario community to make it into the rankings. There were 237 communities involved in the report.
For more information:
Canada’s Most Dangerous Places 2019