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Vital Statistics

Vital events or statistics refer to the data collected concerning the progression of human life, from birth through death. This data is often used to calculate population related data for regions such as local health areas and municipalities, as well as Canada, the provinces and territories.

Births and Deaths

Historical and projected vital statistics (births and deaths) are available at the provincial (B.C.) level: PDF CSV


The total fertility rate (TFR) of a population is the average number of children that would be born to a woman over her lifetime if [1] she were to experience the exact current age-specific fertility rates (ASFRs) through her lifetime, and [2] she were to survive from birth through the end of her reproductive life. It is obtained by summing the single-year age-specific rates at a given time. TFRs and ASFRs are available for B.C. and Local Health Areas:

Life Expectancy

Life expectancy is the expected number of years of life remaining at a given age.


Sub-Provincial Areas


  • 0 - British Columbia
  • 1 - Interior
  • 2 - Fraser
  • 3 - Vancouver Coastal
  • 4 - Vancouver Island
  • 5 - Northern

  • 1987-1991
  • 1992-1996
  • 1997-2001
  • 2002-2006
  • 2007-2011
  • 2011-2015

  • Males
  • Females
  • Totals

Source: Prepared by BC Stats, Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services
Deaths - Vital Statistics, Ministry of Health
Population - BC Stats, Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services

Release Date: June 2015


  1. Number of zero (0) cells refers to the number of age groups out of 20 that had no deaths over the five year period.
  2. Due to the dynamic nature of Postal Code boundaries used to geocode deaths, some variability in deaths (and EX(0)) can be attributed to changing postal code boundaries.
  3. Death data used is the average of five year census-year (July 1 to June 30) period deaths by place of residence.
  4. Population is the average of July 1 estimates (e.g., July 1, 1991 and July 1, 1996).
  5. Abridged Life Tables were used in the calculation (20 age groups, ages 0, 1-4, ..., 85-89, 90+).
  6. Life expectancy for regions with 7 or more zero cells have been suppressed (X) due to data quality issues.
  7. Note that where areas have more than 5 'Zero Cells' it may not be reasonable to assume that the calculated life expectancy represents the mortality experience of the region.
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