China News Agency, Toronto, November 22 (Reporter Yu Ruidong) According to data released by Statistics Canada on November 21, the country's police will report 788 homicides in 2021, an increase of 3% over the previous year.

The rate of gang-related homicides was the highest since 2005.

  The number of homicides in Canada has increased for three consecutive years through the end of 2021.

The statistics department said that while the number of cases had increased, the homicide rate of 2.06 per 100,000 population was not high.

Homicides accounted for less than 0.2 percent of all violent crimes reported to police in 2021.

  Regionally, the biggest increases in homicides were in Ontario and British Columbia, with increases of 37 and 25 respectively.

But the central province of Saskatchewan has a homicide rate of 5.93 per 100,000 population, the highest of any province in the country.

  Among the major metropolises, Toronto, the largest city, topped the list with 117 homicides, a rate of 1.81 per 100,000 population.

The cities with the highest homicide rates were Regina, the capital of Saskatchewan, Thunder Bay, Ontario, and Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba, in that order.

  Of the homicides reported by Canadian police in 2021, 184, or nearly a quarter, were gang-related.

The number of cases increased by 33 from the previous year.

Statistical reports indicate that gang-related homicides are concentrated in urban areas.

Such cases in Vancouver and Montreal increased by 13 and 11 respectively, the largest increase among the metropolises.

  Forty percent of homicides in 2021 will be by gun.

Among them, pistols were the most common type of firearm, accounting for 57%; rifles and shotguns accounted for 26%.

Nearly half of gun homicides were determined to be gang-related.

The gun-related homicide rate was 0.78 per 100,000 population, an increase of 6 percent from the previous year.

Additionally, stabbings and assaults accounted for 32 percent and 17 percent of homicides, respectively.

  The provinces with gun-related homicide rates higher than the national rate are Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, British Columbia and Alberta, in that order.

  In terms of homicide victims, the incidence rate of homicides involving aboriginal victims is 9.17 per 100,000 population, which is 6 times that of the non-indigenous population; the incidence rate of homicides involving other ethnic minority victims is per 100,000 The population is 2.51, about half of which are of African descent and nearly one-fifth are of South Asian descent.