Patrick Arsenault, Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) works with foreign nationals and permanent residents to address immigration-related legal issues and concerns.
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Canada is known to be a friendly and safe country, but what are the facts? According to World Population Review, Canada is the 6th safest country on Earth, beating every other G7 country. This is quite an exploit! Our neighbours to the South, the United States actually ranked 128th.
Not that anyone would be surprised, but a study revealed that what Canadians identified as the highest risk to their safety are winter storms. Not too bad!
When it comes to crime, one needs to be cautious and use common sense, of course. That being said, violent crimes are rare and they are close to non-existent in popular areas for tourists. What this means is that there is little crime and it is usually concentrated in certain sections of bigger cities that people tend to avoid.
If safety is a concern for you, there are plenty of extremely safe communities to consider. This previous link looks at the Crime Sevirity Index of the safest cities in Canada. While Toronto has about 65 crimes per 100,000 people, Chicago just over the Great Lakes (similar size) has over 15 times more. Detroit, who shares a border with Canada has twice as many crimes as Chicago and 30 times more than Toronto. That can be very reassuring when Toronto is often seen as one of the most dangerous places in Canada.
In a nutshell, Canada is a very safe country and it stands out as the safest country in the G7. While it is imperative to be cautious and use common sense, it's good to know that Canada is considerably safter than the United States and most other developed countries.