The City of Grande Prairie has been ranked the 9th most dangerous city in Canada in 2020, five spots higher than in 2019, but well below when it was top-ranked. According to the annual rankings published by Macleans Magazine, despite sitting below the national average in homicides, Grande Prairie is well above average in assaults, sexual assault, robbery, and fraud incidents based on statistics from 2018.
Grande Prairie assault statistics show the area had 470 actual incidents in 2018, representing 700.6 incidents per 100,000 residents, while the national average is 457.01. The numbers surrounding sexual assault show 79 actual incidents, or 117.76 per 100,000, with the national average just over 75 per 100,000.
The city is also nine times higher than the national average when it comes to impaired driving. According to RCMP statistics, the city sees 954.01 incidents per 100,000 residents or 640 actual incidents. The national average is 190.49 per 100,000 people.
Grande Prairie was considered the most dangerous city in Canada in both 2014 and 2015 and has since seen the Crime Severity Index increase by 24.67 incidents per 100,000 residents over the last five years to 173.
At the same time, there were no homicides recorded in 2018. The city was also ranked below the national average for Youth Criminal Justice Act offences and cannabis trafficking.
Dawson Creek was listed just outside the top 10 in 13th place with a Crime Severity Index of 166, while Whitecourt was listed as the 22nd most dangerous city in Canada with a CSI of 138.
North Battleford, Saskatchewan was ranked as the most dangerous city in Canada with a Crime Severity index of 386.