Canadian Drowning Report

Drowning is a serious threat in the Maritimes.


  • Water-related fatality rates in the Maritimes are highest among men and people 25-29 years of age.
  • Drownings are most likely to occur during the spring and summer in natural bodies of water such as the ocean, lakes, and rivers.
  • The highest proportion of incidents occurs during a recreational activity, most commonly swimming, fishing, or boating.
  • Despite the dip in the Maritimes drowning death rate in the most recent five-year period, the death rates in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island remain substantially higher than the national average.

drowning repport 2016

The Lifesaving Society publishes a drowning report annually.

Canadian Drowning Report 2015
2014 Maritimes Drowning Report
Canadian Drowning Report 2013

Canadian Drowning Report 2012
Canadian Drowning Report 2011
National Drowning Trends Report 1991-2000