The Population and Public Health program aims to reduce the burden of injury in British Columbia through partnerships and coordinated efforts for increasing awareness, strategic planning, building capacity, and implementing and evaluating injury prevention interventions.
Injuries are predictable and preventable. However, injuries are the fourth leading cause of death and contribute to 40% of all potential years of life lost. For ages 1 to 44 years, injuries are the leading cause of death and account for over 70% of preventable years of life lost.
The cost of injuries in British Columbia was $3.7 billion in 2010. Injuries also exact a burden both socially and economically on British Columbians in the form of distress, lost income, extended care needs, rehabilitation costs and gaps in the family unit.