40,000 COVID-19 deaths in Canada

To date, the COVID-19 pandemic has claimed more than 40,000 lives in Canada. That’s almost as many as the number of soldiers here who perished in World War II.

It is also as if all the residents of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Timmins, Ontario, or even Boucherville, Quebec had died.

A tragedy in 6 waves

While the first two waves of the pandemic were the deadliest, with 56.1% of deaths, the pace of life snuffed out by the disease picked up again at the start of the year, despite the majority of the population being adequately vaccinated. Already, nearly 10,000 Canadians have died in 2022, during the 5th and 6th waves (26.3%).

Particularly affected during the 1st wave, Quebec remains to this day the most bereaved province, with 38% of deaths. Yet there are only 22.4% of the Canadian population. The most populous province, Ontario, is close behind with 32.6% of COVID-19 victims in Canada.

After Quebec, the western provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta have the highest death rates, followed by Ontario and then British Columbia. Over there, it was the second wave that caused the greatest number of deaths.

The Atlantic provinces and the territories have recorded the majority of their deaths this year, proof that even if health measures are eased across the country, the pandemic is still deadly.

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Daniel Blanchette-Pelletier journalist, Johanne Lapierre Editor in Chief, Anise Belabbas and Charlie Debons designers, Isabelle Bouchard, Andre Guimaraes and Mathieu St-Laurent developers, Danielle Jazzar linguistic reviser and Martine Roy coordinator

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