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Which Canadians live the longest?
The average Canadian will live to be about 81 years old-but which province boasts the longest lifespan? Read on to find out which Canadians live the longest

According to the latest research from Statistics Canada, the average Canadian will live to be about 81 years old (men 78, women 83). And once you reach 65, life expectancy is about 85 (men 83, women 86). Here are the stats across the country.

Province------Women (At birth)---Women (At age 65)--- Men (At birth)---Men (At age 65)

British Columbia 84 87 79 84

Alberta 83 87 78 83

Saskatchewan 82 86 77 83

Manitoba 82 86 77 83

Ontario 83 86 79 83

Quebec 83 86 78 83

New Brunswick 83 86 77 83

Nova Scotia 82 86 77 82

Prince Edward Island 83 86 78 83

Newfoundland
and Labrador 81 85 76 81

Yukon, Northwest
Territories and Nunavut 79 84
 

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I'm probably one of the very few actuaries (retired) that is on this board. As you can see there is not much variation by province with the exception of the territories.

The more interesting question is "why?" In statistics like this, life style is seldom a significant factor. The most significant factor is genetics and in this type of analysis that translates into ethnicity. To be overly simplistic, Asians have better mortality, people of European decent are about average and blacks and native americans have poorer mortality. I would expect to see a higher percentage of Asian people in British Columbia.
 
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