The number of homicides in Canada rose for the first time in three years in 2011, according to Statistics Canada.
There were 598 homicides recorded nationally in 2011, according to stats released Tuesday. That's up by 44 from 2010.
Stabbings accounted for almost the entire increase - 39 homicides - while the rate of homicides committed with guns continued to decline, reaching its lowest point in almost 50 years.
Overall, 35% of homicides were stabbings, while 27% were committed with firearms, 22% were beatings and 7% were by strangulation.
Two provinces accounted for nearly the entire increase: Alberta with 32 more, and Quebec with 21 more. By contrast, Ontario reached its lowest homicide rate since 1966 with 28 fewer.
For the fifth year in a row Winnipeg had the highest homicide rate.
Men accounted for 7 out of 10 victims and 9 out of 10 accused.