Annual Demographic Estimates: Canada, Provinces and Territories

Cause of death of person, type

Cause of death refers to the underlying cause of death. This is defined as "(a) the disease or injury which initiated the train of morbid events leading directly to death, or (b) the circumstances of the accident or violence which produced the fatal injury". This underlying cause of death is selected from a number of conditions listed on the medical certificate of cause of death.

Person refers to an individual and is the unit of analysis for most social statistics programs.

The data for this variable are reported using the following measurements:

  • 'International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10) Version 2008' is available on the World Health Organization (WHO) website:
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