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Canada Security Threats

Data and information about security threats from Canada’s black market. Intelligence and threat information collected from security agencies, news articles and other public information sources.

Between January 1, 1995 and December 31, 2005, there were 322 incidents of corruption found within the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, according to an internal study conducted by the police agency.

In the 322 incidents, a total of 224 RCMP members were involved in the cases.

Most of the cases involved Mounties improperly giving out confidential details obtained from police databanks to family, friends and even criminals. The second most violations involved fraud cases, where officers misused government credit cards and expense reports.

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Other types of cases included misuse use of police officer status, theft, and interference with the judicial process, which included activities such as ticket fixing, perjury and falsifying evidence.

(More examples of police corruption here.)

Source:  Canadian Press, “Corruption ‘can fester’ in Mountie ranks unless addressed, RCMP study says,” CTV News, May 18, 2014.

Based on user submitted data, the following is the street price of marijuana in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. The prices are listed in Canadian dollars, with the units of gram listed as written when submitted.

$10 to $20 for one gram.

$15 to $20 for 1.75 grams (aka “teener”).

$45 to $48 for 3.5 grams (eighth of weed).

$75 to $110 for 7 grams (quarter ounce).

$125 to $140 for 14 grams (half ounce).

$250 to $260 for 28 grams (1 once).

$900 to $1,000 for 112 grams (quarter pound).

(See more prices of marijuana as reported by the United Nations.)

(See more prices reported by readers of Havocscope.)

Source: User submitted data, received on May 7, 2014.

36 percent of organizations in Canada reported in a survey that they were victims of white collar crime between 2012-2013. The percentage of companies reporting white collar crime was slightly up from the 32 percent rate in 2011, but was down from the 50 percent range in the mid-2000s.

The survey, conducted by PwC, found that the global average of organizations falling victim to white collar crime was 37 percent.

The most reported type of white collar crime was assets theft, which accounted for 58 percent of the reported crimes. Procurement fraud accounted for 33 percent of crimes, accounting fraud 22 percent, and cybercrime 22 percent. Nearly half of the organizations stated that cybercrime and cyber attacks were increasing.

15 percent of companies in Canada reported that they have been asked to pay a bribe. 14 percent reported that they have lost business due to refusing to pay bribes.

The global average of companies being asked to pay a bribe was 28 percent.

(Additional political corruption cases here.)

10 percent of the organizations in Canada reporting losing over $4.5 Million (5 Million Canadian) to white collar crimes during the year.

Source:  Barrie McKenna, “White-collar crime hits more than a third of Canadian organizations,” Globe and Mail, February 24, 2014.


At the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, an estimated 35,000 counterfeit Hockey Canada jerseys were available for sale, according to the licensing manager of the team. During the 2010 Winter Games, security officials and brand trademark enforcement officials were able to seize about 17,000 counterfeit jerseys.

At the 201 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, an estimated 60 to 80 percent of the Team Canada Hockey jerseys are believed to have been counterfeited. The jerseys are offered at online websites, where the team jerseys are offered for around $20. Authentic jerseys that the hockey players wear on the ice costs about $450.

Source:  Showwei Chu, “Hockey Canada going after jersey counterfeiters,” 680 News, February 20, 2014.

Estimates released by the anti-human-trafficking group PACT Ottawa states that the human trafficking industry in Ottawa, Canada generates up to $23.48 Million (26 Million Canadian) a year. At least 150 women are victims of human trafficking and are forced to work in the prostitution industry in Ottawa, according to the group. Most of the victims are from Ottawa.

One victim who was interviewed by the media stated that she was forced to have sex with as many as 7 men in one day. Each customer paid $300 for sex.

According to PACT Ottawa, a human trafficker in the area who controls 3 women can make up to $496,000 (550,000 CAD) in revenue in a single year.

(More prices of humans for sale.)

Source:  Derek Spalding, “Human trafficking in Ottawa: At least 150 women used as sex slaves, research suggests,” Ottawa Citizen, February 3, 2014.

In 2001, court records state that there were 1,382 charges for prostitution offenses in the Canadian city of Toronto. By 2006, the number of charges dropped 21 percent to 1,088.

By the year 2011, the number of charges for prostitution-related crimes decreased by 90 percent, when 110 charges were brought to court.

(Prices of prostitutes around the world.)

Source:  Jessica McDiarmid, “Prostitution-related charges in Toronto drop 90 per cent,” Toronto Star, January 2, 2014.

There are an estimated 350 massage parlors in the Canadian city of Montreal that offer illegal prostitution services, according to law enforcement and non-governmental organizations.

Up to 70 percent of all prostitution activities that takes place in Montreal is believed to occur within massage parlors.

(Prostitute prices by around the world.)

Source:  Canadian Press, “Crackdown on illicit massage parlours sparks debate ahead of landmark prostitution ruling,” Globe and Mail, December 16, 2013.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police saw an increase in the number of cases involving harmful counterfeit goods in Canada between 2005 and 2013.

In 2005, harmful counterfeits were involved with 11.5 percent of cases. By 2012, there were over 200 cases, or 30.4 percent of cases, that involved harmful fakes of toys, drugs, cosmetics, batteries and electronics.

In 2012, the counterfeit good that was most seized by the RCMP was replica clothing and replica shoes, which accounted for 45 percent of all counterfeits seized, followed by pirated movies and music with 20 percent.

Source:  Rita Demontis, “Beware of counterfeit goods on Black Friday,” Toronto Sun, November 28, 2013.

In 2011, security services in Canada arrested 487 people attempting to be smuggled into Canada. from the United States.  In 2010, there were 308 arrests.

There were more people attempting to be smuggled into Canada from the US than going from Canada to the US.  In 2011, there were 360 people who were arrested for attempting to be smuggled into the United States from Canada, down from 376 in 2010.

Law enforcement agencies in Canada state that 115 organized crime groups and 106 “criminal entrepreneurs” are actively involved in smuggling black market goods between the two country.

For human smuggling, the gangs would arrange a ride for a migrant to an isolated area near the border. Then, the migrant to told to walk through the area (often through the woods) to the United States, where another driver is waiting to pick them up.

Source:  Jim Bronskill, “Human smuggling to Canada from U.S. on the rise: report,” Vancouver Sun, November 20, 2013.

Public health programs and agencies in Canada have estimated that there have been 3,757 deaths from overdoses on opioids in Ontario, Canada between 2002 to 2011.

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Between 2009 and 2011,  oxycodone was linked to 491 overdose deaths and fentanyl was lined to 253 deaths.

A drug dealer in Ottawa stated in a media interview that he sells patches of fentanyl for $80 to $240 for a single “one hundred” patch on the black market.

(How much does heroin cost on the black market?)

Source:  “Drug dealer explains lure and risk of fentanyl abuse,” CBC News, October 29, 2013.