Crime Statistics

In 2019, the police reported crime rate in Ottawa increased for the fourth consecutive year to reach approximately 4,200 incidents per 100,000 population.  The clearance rate for all Criminal Code of Canada Offences (excluding traffic) decreased by one percentage point, from 35 percent in 2018 to 34 percent in 2019.

The Crime Severity Index (CSI) is a measure of crime reported to police that reflects the relative seriousness of individual offences and tracks these changes in crime severity over time. It allows us to understand whether crime was more or less serious than in previous years. Consistent with the national trend in recent years, the severity of crime in Ottawa increased by six percent to 57 points in 2019. This can be attributed to a rise in the number of offences such as robbery, assault, and uttering threats.  

Visit to view Ottawa’s crime trends for the City and by Wards, 2018–2019.