Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Alcohol & Drugs

Adult Cannabis Use

Overall
By Sex
By Age Group
By Income and Education

Overall

According to the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), for the years 2009 to 2012, 12% (10.7%, 14.5%) of Simcoe Muskoka adults (20+ years) reported using cannabis in the past year, which was not significantly different from the provincial average of 11% (10.4%, 11.2%). 

By Sex

Cannabis use is significantly higher among adult males when compared with females. Between 2009 and 2012 in Simcoe Muskoka among adults 20 years and older, 16% (13.1%, 19.4%) of men reported using cannabis in the past year, which was significantly higher than the 9% (7.4%, 11.1%) of women reporting cannabis use in the past year. Ontario men also reported significantly higher cannabis use than women for the same time period.

170117AdultCannabisbySexBAR

By Age Group

Cannabis use is highest among younger adults (20 to 34 years). Between 2009 and 2012, also from the CCHS, 29% (24.3%, 33.8%) of younger adults (20-34 years) in Simcoe Muskoka reported using cannabis in the past year. This was more than double the 11% (7.9%, 14.9%) of adults 35 to 54 years that reported using cannabis in the past year. Only 4%^ (2.3%, 5.9%) of older adults (55 years and older) reported using cannabis in the past year (^interpret with caution due to high variability). The same association between age and cannabis use was also present for the province as a whole.

170117AdultCannabisbyAgeBAR

Income & Education

In Ontario as a whole, cannabis use was highest among adults living in households in the lowest income category when compared to all other income categories. Cannabis use was also highest in Simcoe Muskoka among those living in the lowest income category; however, this difference was not statistically significant.

Cannabis use was significantly lower among Ontario adults (25 to 64 years) with a University degree or higher when compared to those with lower levels of education. Cannabis was also lowest among Simcoe Muskoka adults with a University degree or higher; however, again this difference was not statistically significant.

170117AdultCannabisbyIncBAR

170117AdultCannabisbyEducBAR