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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.

2017 drowning report

The Lifesaving Society publishes a drowning report annually.

Canadian Drowning Report 2016
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