Canadian Youth at Risk and Youth Offending Stats

When looking at a statistical snapshot of what is happening with Canadian youth and the risk of youth offending it really gives some insight as to the seriousness of this.

Sometimes the stats vary when determining the age of youth in Canada but the latest consensus seems to set them at being under the age of 20 and the stats set various age groups as categories for children with one of them being the age group of 15 to 19 years. In this category, the stats show that there are 2.2 million youths.

A statistical snapshot takes into account that it is expected that most youths with make a normal transition into becoming adults, however, there is a portion that are at risk of their psycho-social development being affected adversely as well as them becoming juvenile offenders.

Family Structure

Family structure can be a factor and stats show that going back to 2006 that about 16% of the families in Canada was comprised of just one parent.


15% of the youth in the 15 to 19 year age group were unemployed in 2009.

Mental Health

This is one of the major concerns when it comes to youth and Canada shows some alarming figures. The statistical snapshot shows that young ones between the ages of 12 to 19 amounts to 3.2 million who are at risk for developing depression.

Youth Offenders

One thing that a statistical snapshot for this topic in Canada has difficulty with is producing accurate figures for youth offending in Canada on the whole. It can be narrowed down easier by region but data is not collected as a single source to cover the entire country. One survey conducted on an international level did indicate that 37% of the youth surveyed indicated that they had been involved in at least one form of delinquent behaviour in their lifetime.