Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Alcohol & Drugs

Adult Cannabis Use

Overall
By Sex
By Age Group
By Education

Overall

According to the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), for the years 2015 to 2016, 13% (10.3%, 16.3%) of Simcoe Muskoka adults (20+ years) reported using cannabis (more than once) in the past year, which was not significantly different from the provincial average of 11% (10.5%, 11.8%).

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By Sex

In 2015/16, cannabis use was significantly higher among adult males when compared with females, both locally and across the province, with the percentage of men that reported using cannabis in the past year twice that of women.

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By Age Group

Cannabis use is highest among younger adults (20 to 34 years). Between 2015 and 2016, also from the CCHS, 31% (22.8%, 40.8%) of younger adults (20-34 years) in Simcoe Muskoka reported using cannabis in the past year. This was significantly higher than any other age group among adults in Simcoe Muskoka. The same association between age and cannabis use was also present for the province as a whole.

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Education

Also from the 2015/16 CCHS, in Ontario as a whole, cannabis use among adults (25 to 64 years) decreases significantly with higher levels of education. A similar pattern was present within Simcoe Muskoka population; however, this difference was not statistically significant due to a relatively small sample size among Simcoe Muskoka residents.

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