Crime rates having been falling in Ontario, but the province’s various police forces are still laying numerous charges.
In fact, according to a new study by the MacDonald-Laurier Institute, Ontario leads all other provinces in Canada when it comes to the number of criminal charges that end up leading to nothing.
43% of charges laid on Ontario residents are either stayed or withdrawn; of the remaining charges, 55% are successfully run through the justice system, resulting in convictions. The most populous province has the lowest conviction rate in all of Canada.
By comparison, Quebec sees 8.6% of charges stayed or withdrawn. There, charges are laid only with the approval of a Crown prosecutor.
Read more about the results of the study here in a Globe & Mail editorial.