By The Numbers: Injuries at Work

Toronto – May 4, 2015 – Every year, thousands of Canadians are killed or injured on the job. Workers in Canada today are four times more likely to die at work than they are to be murdered.

$19.8 billion

Injuries sustained by individuals in Canada costs an estimated $19.8 billion annually in health care costs, and costs related to reduced productivity from hospitalization, disability and premature death.


In 2013, approximately 4.2 million Canadians reported that they have sustained injuries that limited their normal activities. For 14.5% of those reported injured, their most serious injury was sustained while working.


Of those hurt, 43.3% did not receive medical attention within 48 hours.


At 23.6%, Saskatchewan had the highest proportion of Canadians whose most serious injury took place at work.


While workplace deaths in Canada are at their lowest rate in history, there is still an average of 2.47 worker deaths every single day.


In 2012, 245,365 workers reported that they were injured on the job. That's an average of 672 workers injured everyday with many workplace injuries going unreported.


The health and social service industry is considered the most dangerous sector of the economy, as there were a reported 41,286 injuries in 2012.

Sources: Statistics Canada, 2015. "Injuries at work, 2013." CBC, 2015. "Workplace safety by the numbers."