The Issue of Injury
Through programs like No Regrets, youth have the opportunity to take injury prevention into their own hands and make a difference in their communities.
Injuries are the leading cause of death for Canadians between the ages of 1 to 44.
For Canadians aged 45 - 64, injuries are the third leading cause of death.1 On average, over 15,000 Canadians are killed and another 230,000 are hospitalized for serious injuries every year in Canada.
In fact, on a typical day, 43 Canadians will die because of an injury. Many of those who survive are left with disabilities, both physical and emotional, with preventable injuries resulting in more than 60,000 Canadians either partially or permanently disabled.2 Within the next two hours, at least one more Canadian becomes a quadriplegic for life. Every nine minutes, another child’s or senior’s injury leads to a permanent, life-altering disability.
The cost of injury and the damage that attaches to it is astronomical. With a $26 billion price tag, injury is a huge issue for all Canadians in societal and health care terms.2
Endnotes: 1 Public Health Agency of Canada (2013). Table: Leading Cause of Death in Canada, 2008, males and females combined, counts (age-specific death rate per 100,000). Ottawa, ON. 2 Parachute (2015). The Cost of Injury in Canada. parachute: Toronto, ON.