The province yesterday introduced legislation that would require hospitals to report all gunshot injuries and non-accidental stab wounds to police.

Solicitor general Michael de Jong, who introduced the Gunshot and Stab Wound Disclosure Act, said that timely reporting of these injuries will help police expedite their investigations.

“Mandating the rules for reporting means there will be consistent reporting of violent situations involving guns or knives across the emergency health-care system,” he said.

From 1999 to 2008, 34 per cent of homicides in British Columbia were committed with a gun and 25 per cent with a knife, according to the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics.

Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta require hospitals to report gunshot and stab wounds.

Ontario, Nova Scotia and Quebec have enacted mandatory gunshot reporting.