can be accounted for in more than one incident of victimization in the same
year. According to the 2004 General Social Survey (GSS), victims
who have suffered more than one incident of victimization (33% of victims)
accounted for 60% of the total number of victimization. The police-reported
data used in this report cannot determine whether the same victim is subject
to multiple victimizations. In addition, police-reported data refers to the
number of victimizations and not the number of victims.
data are reported by a subset of police services that have been consistently
reporting to the UCR2 Survey since 1999. In 2008, these police
services covered 54% of the population of Canada and are not nationally
The 2008 data are based upon information reported by police services
covering 98% of the population of Canada.
A census metropolitan area (CMA) consists of
one or more neighbouring municipalities situated around a major urban core.
A CMA must have a total population of at least 100,000 of which 50,000 or
more live in the urban core. To be included in the CMA, other adjacent municipalities
must have a high degree of integration with the central urban area, as measured
by commuting flows derived from census data. A CMA typically comprises more
than one police service.
According to the 2004 General
Social Survey, 40% of physical assaults were reported to the police.
Aggravated assault, or assault level 3 involves
wounding, maiming, disfiguring or endangering the life of the victim.
Major physical injuries
are those that required professional medical attention at the scene or transportation
to a medical facility.
According to the General Social Survey 2004, 51%
of robberies were reported to the police.