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The Daily

Monday, July 31, 2006
2000 to 2002 

Life tables, comprising life expectancy and related estimates by age and sex for Canada, the provinces and the territories (Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories combined) for 2000 to 2002, are now available as a free electronic publication.

Detailed estimates by single year of age have been produced for Canada and all of the provinces, except Prince Edward Island. Abridged estimates by five-year age group have been produced for Prince Edward Island and the combined territories because of their small populations and low death counts.

The publication also contains an extensive description of the methodology underlying the production of the estimates, including formulas. The methodology followed in constructing the 2000 to 2002 life tables is the same as that employed previously in producing the set of life tables for the years 1995 to 1997.

Variance estimation for the probability of death has been included to produce coefficients of variation of life expectancies. Where data quality permitted, each complete life table was expanded up to age 109. The abridged life tables extend to age 100 years plus.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey numbers, including related surveys, 3231, 3233 and 3604.

The publication Life Tables, Canada, Provinces and Territories, 2000 to 2002 (84-537-XIE, free) is now available online. From the Our Products and Services page, under Browse our free internet publications choose Population and demography. Pre-formatted text and tables in PDF format can be downloaded and printed. The life tables are also available in a tab-delimited text format, for input into database software (Excel, SAS, SPSS, and so on). An HTML version is available for direct viewing on screen.

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Ghislaine Villeneuve (613-951-1641;, Health Statistics Division.