Canadian Bullying Statistics

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  • Canada has the 9th highest rate of bullying in the 13-years-olds category on a scale of 35 countries1
  • At least 1 in 3 adolescent students in Canada have reported being bullied recently2
  • Among adult Canadians, 38% of males and 30% of females reported having experienced occasional or frequent bullying during their school years3
  • 47% of Canadian parents report having a child victim of bullying4
  • Any participation in bullying increases risk of suicidal ideas in youth5
  • The rate of discrimination experienced among students who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-identified, Two-Spirited, Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ) is three times higher than heterosexual youth4
  • Girls are more likely to be bullied on the Internet than boys6
  • 7% of adult Internet users in Canada, age 18 years and older, self-reported having been a victim of cyber-bullying at some point in their life7
  • The most common form of cyber-bullying involved receiving threatening or aggressive e-mails or instant messages, reported by 73% of victims6
  • 40% of Canadian workers experience bullying on a weekly basis7

  1. Canadian Council on Learning – Bullying in Canada: How intimidation affects learning (PDF 164 KB)
  2. Molcho M., Craig W., Due P., Pickett W., Harel-fisch Y., Overpeck, M., and HBSC Bullying Writing Group. Cross-national time trends in bullying behaviour 1994-2006: findings from Europe and North America. International Journal of Public Health. 2009, 54 (S2): 225-234
  3. Kim Y.S., and leventhal B. Bullying and Suicide. A review. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health. 2008, 20 (2): 133-154
  4. Bully Free Alberta – Homophobic Bullying
  5. Statistics Canada – Cyber-bullying and luring of children and youth
  6. Statistics Canada – Self-reported Internet victimization in Canada
  7. Lee R.T., and Brotheridge C.M. “When prey turns predatory: Workplace bullying as predictor of counteragression / bullying, coping, and well-being”. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. 2006, 00 (0): 1-26