Table 5.5 Leading causes of death of children and youth, by age group, 2006 to 2008
Table summary
This table displays the results of table 5.5 leading causes of death of children and youth 2006, 2007 and 2008, calculated using number and rate units of measure (appearing as column headers).
  2006 2007 2008
  number rate number rate number rate
Less than 1 yearNote 1  
Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities (congenital conditions) 409 115.3 408 110.9 414 109.6
Disorders related to short gestation and low birth weight, not elsewhere classified 228 64.3 249 67.7 256 67.7
Newborn affected by maternal complications of pregnancyNote 1 147 41.5 181 49.2 150 39.7
1 to 4 years  
Accidents (unintentional injuries) 70 5.1 73 5.2 55 3.9
Malignant neoplasms 39 2.9 36 2.6 47 3.3
Congenital conditions 30 2.2 30 2.2 22 1.5
5 to 9 years  
Accidents (unintentional injuries) 54 2.9 62 3.4 70 3.9
Malignant neoplasms 44 2.4 50 2.8 33 1.8
Congenital conditions 15 0.8 17 0.9 11 0.6
10 to 14 years  
Accidents (unintentional injuries) 82 3.9 84 4.1 80 4.0
Malignant neoplasms 38 1.8 45 2.2 35 1.7
Suicide (intentional self-harm) 31 1.5 33 1.6 25 1.2
15 to 19 years  
Accidents (unintentional injuries) 466 21.5 405 18.1 397 17.6
Suicide (intentional self-harm) 152 7.0 185 8.3 208 9.2
Malignant neoplasms 62 2.9 64 2.9 59 2.6
Note: Age-specific mortality rate per 100,000 population.
1. The rate is the number of deaths of infants aged less than 1 year during a given year per 100,000 live births in the same year.
Source: Statistics Canada, CANSIM tables 102-0561 and 102-0562.
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