Drawing on the latest data available, the report estimated the expenses incurred by crime in Canada for the year 2014. These costs were categorized into three distinct groups: criminal justice system expenses, direct costs borne by crime victims, and third-party expenses. The study was first reported by Blacklock’s Reporter.
The overall tangible expenses related to crime in Canada amounted to approximately $28.7 billion in 2014, which is equated to a per capita cost of $807 per year. Specifically, the costs associated with running the Canadian criminal justice system in that year were estimated to be slightly above $12.5 billion, covering expenditures for policing, courts, prosecution, correctional services, and legal aid.
Researcher Ting Li underscored that victims’ traumatic experiences can lead to substantial pain and suffering, which this study recognizes as an intangible cost not tethered to market value. However, quantifying these intangible costs into monetary terms involves complex calculations. The report, nevertheless, assigns the intangible cost at more than $14 billion annually.
Mr. Li noted that assigning a monetary value to intangible costs may appear insensitive, yet it serves as a crucial element in estimating the expenses associated with social phenomena.
“Intangible costs are very personal and affect victims acutely,” the report said. “By no means does this study imply that the effects of crime are ‘worth’ the values assigned to them.”
The findings in the Justice Department report were derived from data for the year 2014, a year selected at random, according to Blacklock’s. However, a recent report from Statistics Canada, released on July 27, indicated an increase in the crime rate.
The latest crime statistics reveal significant shifts in various categories compared to 2014. Specifically, homicides surged by 54 percent to 796 incidents; attempted murders increased by 21 percent to 748; assaults climbed to 185,199, marking a 21 percent rise from 2014; and vehicle thefts increased by 13 percent to 83,416.
In contrast, robberies decreased by 11 percent to 18,618; breaking and entering cases dropped by 17 percent to 125,914.
Mr. Virani’s remarks sparked criticism from Conservative MP Dan Albas, who suggested that they demonstrate how out of touch the Liberal government is.