Nunatsiaq Online
NEWS: Nunavut May 19, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Nunavut stats still show lower life expectancy at birth: StatsCan

Life expectancy at birth in Nunavut remains 11 years less than in B.C.

NUNATSIAQ NEWS
This StatsCan table shows the life expectancy at birth and age 65 in Canada as well as in the provinces and the territories.
This StatsCan table shows the life expectancy at birth and age 65 in Canada as well as in the provinces and the territories.

A child born in Nunavut between 2010 and 2012 can look forward to a life that’s 11 years shorter than a child born at the same time in British Columbia.

That’s according to the May 19 release of Life Tables from Statistics Canada.

StatsCan found that life expectancy at birth remained lower in the three territories, but “most notably in Nunavut.”

Life expectancy at birth was 79.4 years among Canadian males and 83.6 years among Canadian females during the 2010-2012 period.

In Nunavut, the life expectancy at birth was 69.3 years among males and 74.7 years among females in 2010-2012.

According to StatsCan tables, life expectancy at birth for males in Nunavut has risen since 2005-07 when it stood at 68.7 years in 2005-07, but the life expectancy for females in Nunavut has dropped from 75.7 years in 2005-07.

But here’s some good news: StatsCan says “the life expectancy at birth of Canadians born during the 2010-2012 period will very likely be higher than the life expectancy at birth shown because these Canadians will experience reductions in mortality rates throughout their lives.”

In 2010-2012, StatsCan said the infant mortality rate nationally was 5.2 deaths per 1,000 live births among boys and 4.5 deaths per 1,000 live births among girls — that infant mortality rate is still more than four times higher in Nunavut.

And for Nunavummiut who are 25 years old, the death rate comes in at nearly 30 times higher than for 25-year-olds overall in Canada.

Email this story to a friend... Print this page... Bookmark and Share

 THIS WEEK’S ADS

 ADVERTISING