With gun and gang violence on the rise in the Region of Peel within the past two years, here’s how the city ranks in terms of most dangerous urban locations in Canada.

The Canada’s Most Dangerous Places 2020 report in Maclean’s Magazine was released earlier this month, and it ranks communities according to their Crime Severity Index (CSI). The CSI is a measure by Statistics Canada that takes into account all police-reported crime considering both the volume and seriousness of the offences.

The report regarded 237 urban centres in the nation. Brampton and Mississauga have been grouped together as being managed under the Peel Regional Police, excluding Caledon which is managed under the Ontario Provincial Police instead.

The Brampton and Mississauga grouping, with a combined population of 1,404,628, has a CSI of 50, ranking 161st most dangerous out of the 237 identified urban centres. We showed an increase in criminal activities by a CSI of 7.27, ranking 97th among the urban centres for the rate of increase, and the Peel grouping had a violent crime CSI of 70, ranking 106th most dangerous for violent crime in the study.

Toronto by comparison, with a combined population of 1,956,024, has a CSI of 66, ranking 126th out of 237 urban centres, rising in criminal activities by a CSI of 6.97, ranking 101st, and having a violent CSI of 66, ranking 126th.

Brampton and Mississauga have experienced a higher increase in criminal activity than Toronto over the last five years.

Here is how the Brampton and Mississauga grouping compares to the Canadian average on a number of other crime categories:

  • Homicide, assault and sexual assault: homicide higher by 3 per cent, assault lower by less than half, sexual assault lower by about half, firearms offences lower by about half;
  • Theft and property crimes: robbery higher by about half, breaking and entering lower by about half, and fraud by more than half;
  • Drug offences: impaired driving lower by more than half, cannabis trafficking or production lower by almost a half; cocaine tracking or production higher by 30 per cent, other controlled drugs, trafficking or production lower by more than half; and,
  • Youth crime: Youth Criminal Justice Act offences lower by about five times.

The most dangerous urban centres, according to the report, are: Thompson, Manitoba (CSI 366, violent CSI 570), North Battleford, Saskatchewan (CSI 385, violent CSI 362), Portage la Prairie (CSI 263, violent CSI 316), Prince Albert and area, Saskatchewan (CSI 238, violent CSI 289), Quesnel (CSI 292, violent CSI 292), and Wetaskiwin, Alberta (CSI 270, violent CSI 232).

The least dangerous are: Thames Centre, Ontario (CSI 39, violent CSI 10), Oak Bay, British Colombia (CSI 27, violent CSI 12), LaSalle, Ontario (CSI 15, violent CSI 12), Hamilton Township, Ontario (CSI 22, violent CSI 12), Selwyn, Ontario (CSI 20, violent CSI 15), and Petawana, Ontario (CSI at, violent CSI 19).

For more information, see Mclean’s report on Canada’s Most Dangerous Places 2020.