Life Expectancy Rises Slightly In Canada

First Posted: 09/27/11 05:04 PM ET Updated: 11/27/11 05:12 AM ET


A baby born in 2006 in Canada can expect to live to an average age of 80.9, Statistics Canada says.

That's up 0.2 years from 2005-07, the agency said Tuesday in its report on rising life expectancy, titled Deaths 2008.

Three provinces showed life expectancy at birth that were above the national average:

- British Columbia at 81.4 years.

- Ontario at 81.3 years.

- Quebec at 81.0 years.

Men generally have a lower life expectancy than women, but the gap has narrowed in the past decade.

Between 1996-98, the gap in life expectancy at birth between men and women was 5.6 years, up from 4.6 years in 2006-08.

Among seniors, life expectancy at age 65 reached another 20.0 years in 2006-08, up 0.2 years compared with 2005-07.

In 2008, 238,617 people died in the country, up 1.4 per cent from the year before.

The infant mortality rate stayed the same at 5.1 infant deaths per 1,000 live births.


Filed by Christian Cotroneo  |