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Life Expectancy Continues To Rise

The life expectancy of Canadians continues to rise, says Statistics Canada. During the 2010 to 2012 period, life expectancy at birth rose by 0.3 years for males to 79.4 years and by 0.2 years for females, to 83.6 years. The gap between the life expectancy at birth for males and females is down to its lowest level since the end of the 1970s. Back then, the gender gap was 7.5 years. Now, it is down to 4.2 years. The smaller gap "was partly due to a decrease in mortality rates linked to diseases that more frequently affected males in the past," it says. In addition, the adoption of behaviour similar to those of men, such as in the labour market, also contributed to the narrowing of the gap over the previous three decades. Life expectancy also continues to rise among those aged 65. Males that hit age 65 during this period could expect to live another 18.7 years, up by 0.1 years from 2009-2011. Females could expect to live another 21.7 years, up by 0.2 years compared with the prior period.

Courtesy of Benefits and Pensions Monitor website News Alerts 


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