A new report by the federal government shows that Newfoundland and Labrador has the highest rate of autism spectrum disorder in the country.
The report by the Public Health Agency of Canada found that prevalence in the number of affected people ranged from a high of 1 in 57 children and youth in Newfoundland and Labrador to 1 in 126 in Yukon. The second-highest jurisdiction is Prince Edward Island with a 1 in 59 prevalence.
Health officials report one in 66 Canadian children and youth aged 5 to 17 has autism spectrum disorder.
According to the report, numbers from 2015 show that males were diagnosed with autism four times as frequently as females.
The information in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and the Yukon came from schools in those provinces.
View the report from the Public Health Agency of Canada at this link.