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The use of vital statistics data in economic planning and health research


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Presentation by Anil Arora, Chief Statistician, Statistics Canada, at the international conference on innovations in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems - Ottawa on 27-28 February, 2018.

The conference convenes leading stakeholders from around the world to collectively identify and debate how best to harness the power of CRVS systems to meet global commitments to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Visit the conference website to find out more about the events and access blogs, videos and background documents -

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The use of vital statistics data in economic planning and health research

  1. 1. The use of vital statistics data in economic planning and health research Anil Arora, Chief Statistician 2018 International Conference on CRVS Innovations Ottawa, February 27, 2018
  2. 2. Canada: A decentralized system of civil registration and vital statistics Federal-provincial-territorial cooperation Provinces and territories: Civil registration of births, deaths, stillbirths and marriages. Statistics Canada: Collection and dissemination of national vital statistics. 22% 20% 17% 8%2% 31% Age group: 25 to 44 years Number of deaths = 7,936 Accidents Cancer Suicide Heart disease Homicide All other causes Source: Vital Statistics - Death Database, CANSIM Table 102-0561. Percentage distribution for the 5 leading causes of death in Canada, 2014
  3. 3. 333 Challenges in the Canadian CRVS system • Registration of vital events in First Nation communities • Remoteness • Language and/or literacy issues • No unique identifier in Canada • Timeliness of cause of death information
  4. 4. What do we know… • Life expectancy at age 25 is 7 years less among Indigenous groups • Lowest among the Inuit – at age 25, they can expect to live another 46.5 years compared with 57.1 years among the non- Indigenous population Future plans needs… • Update linked data for 2006 (short) and 2011(medium) • Produce updated indicator for LE at age 25 – time series data to measure change in the gap • Assess feasibility of using linked data to estimate LE at birth – to capture impact of birth outcomes Vital Statistics data used for... Remaining life expectancy at age 25 by Indigenous identity, Canada, 2001- 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 First Nations Metis Inuit Non-Indigenous Source: Statistics Canada. 2001 CanCHEC (linked Census-Mortality data).
  5. 5. • Share our expertise in various areas • Mortality classification training • Technical assistance • Methodological advice International collaboration