Abortion Rates by Province


Total Induced Abortions by Province   

In 2007 the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) began disseminating abortion data (a role previously undertaken by Statistics Canada). According to figures provided by CIHI, between 2007 and 2010 there were 51,886 abortions performed on Canadian women in Alberta; 53,294 in British Columbia; 16,400 in Manitoba; 13,380 in New Brunswick; 3,778 in Newfoundland and Labrador; 596 in the Northwest Territories; 8,489 in Nova Scotia; between 399 and 407 in Nunavut; 123, 514 in Ontario; 82,131 in Quebec; 7,629 in Saskatchewan; and 530 in the Yukon. Although Prince Edward Island does not perform abortions, CIHI data shows that 292 abortions were performed on Prince   Edward Island women at a hospital in another province or territory during this four year period.

The numbers provided do not include abortions performed in 2010 in Quebec, for which no data was collected by CIHI. Clinic data for British Columbia is incomplete due to voluntary reporting, and data on abortions performed on women who reside outside of Ontario but who have received an abortion in an Ontario clinic is also not included. Below are some tables detailing the number of reported abortions performed in Canada by province/territory from 2007 to 2010 (the latter being the latest year on record). The tables are presented in reverse chronological order.

Table detailing the number of reported abortions in Canada by province/territory in 2010 (Click here for a pdf of this table):

Province/Territory
Number of Abortions as Reported by Hospitals and Clinics in 2010
Alberta
13,084
British Columbia
12,149
Manitoba
4,150
New Brunswick
1,098
Newfoundland and Labrador
1,068
Northwest Territories
40
Nova Scotia
2,125
Nunavut
100
Ontario
28,765
Prince Edward Island
0
Quebec

Saskatchewan
1,915
Yukon
147
Total (Canada)
64,641

Note: Figures exclude Quebec. Prince Edward Island does not perform abortions; 76 abortions were performed on Prince Edward Island women at a hospital in another province or territory. Clinic data for British Columbia is incomplete, and data on abortions performed in an Ontario clinic on Canadian women who are not Ontario residents is not included. Source: CIHI, “Induced Abortions Performed in Canada in 2010”, Canadian Institute for Health Information, 2010, http://www.cihi.ca/CIHI-ext-portal/pdf/internet/TA_10_ALLDATATABLES20120417_EN

 

Table detailing the number of reported abortions in Canada by province/territory in 2009 (Click here for a pdf of this table):

Province/Territory
Number of Abortions as Reported by Hospitals and Clinics in 2009
Alberta
13,150
British Columbia
12,461
Manitoba
4,247
New Brunswick
1,104
Newfoundland and Labrador
956
Northwest Territories
57
Nova Scotia
2,119
Nunavut
107
Ontario
30,268
Prince Edward Island
0
Quebec
27,139
Saskatchewan
2,019
Yukon128
Total (Canada)93,755

Note: Prince Edward Island does not perform abortions; 74 abortions were performed on Prince Edward Island women at a hospital in another province or territory. Clinic data for British Columbia is incomplete, and data on abortions performed in an Ontario clinic on Canadian women who are not Ontario residents is not included. Source: CIHI, “Induced Abortions Performed in Canada in 2008”, Canadian Institute for Health Information, http://www.cihi.ca/CIHI-ext-portal/pdf/internet/TA_08_ALLDATATABLES20101124_EN

 

Table detailing the number of reported abortions in Canada by province/territory in 2008 (Click here for a pdf of this table):

Province/Territory
Number of Abortions as Reported by Hospitals and Clinics in 2008
Alberta
13,062
British Columbia
12,914
Manitoba
4,025
New Brunswick
1,096
Newfoundland and Labrador
904
Northwest Territories
171
Nova Scotia
2,126
Nunavut105
Ontario
32,150
Prince Edward Island
0
Quebec
27,295
Saskatchewan
1,889
Yukon
139
Total (Canada)
95,876

Note: Prince Edward Island does not perform abortions; 74 abortions were performed on Prince Edward Island women at a hospital in another province or territory. Clinic data for British Columbia is incomplete, and data on abortions performed in an Ontario clinic on Canadian women who are not Ontario residents is not included. Source: CIHI, “Induced Abortions Performed in Canada in 2007”, Canadian Institute for Health Information, http://www.cihi.ca/CIHI-ext-portal/pdf/internet/TA_07_ALLDATATABLES20101124_EN

 

Table detailing the number of reported abortions in Canada by province/territory in 2007 (Click here for a pdf of this table):

Province/Territory
Number of Abortions as Reported by Hospitals and Clinics in 2007
Alberta
12,590
British Columbia
15,770
Manitoba
3,978
New Brunswick
1,082
Newfoundland and Labrador
850
Northwest Territories
328
Nova Scotia
2,119
Nunavut
87—95
Ontario
32,331
Prince Edward Island
0
Quebec
27,697
Saskatchewan
1,806
Yukon
116
Total (Canada)
98,754—98,762

Click here for a pdf of all these tables.

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Sources:

CIHI,“Induced Abortions Performed in Canada in 2007”, Canadian Institute for Health Information,http://www.cihi.ca/CIHI-ext-portal/pdf/internet/TA_07_ALLDATATABLES20101124_EN

CIHI,“Induced Abortions Performed in Canada in 2008”, Canadian Institute for Health Information, http://www.cihi.ca/CIHI-ext-portal/pdf/internet/TA_08_ALLDATATABLES20101124_EN

CIHI,“Induced Abortions Performed in Canada in 2009”, Canadian Institute for Health Information, http://www.cihi.ca/CIHI-ext-portal/pdf/internet/TA_09_ALLDATATABLES20111028_EN

CIHI,“Induced Abortions Performed in Canada in 2010”, Canadian Institute for Health Information, http://www.cihi.ca/CIHI-ext-portal/pdf/internet/TA_10_ALLDATATABLES20120417_EN

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Total Induced Abortions by Province, 1970-2004

Province
# of abortions
Newfoundland and Labrador
19,065
Prince Edward Island (1970-1982)470
Nova Scotia
60,941
New Brunswick
20,596
Quebec
636,733
Ontario
1,146,255
Manitoba
88,720
Saskatchewan
48,602
Alberta
256,362
British Columbia
437,461
Yukon Territory
3,753
Northwest Territories (including
Nunavut, 1974-1988)
4,454
Northwest Territories (1999-2004)1,569
Nunavut (1999-2004)
288
Total Induced Abortions2,725,269

 

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