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Thomas StorringDirector – Economics and Statistics
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June 19, 2020

The first death attributed to COVID-19 in Canada was reported in British Columbia occurring on March 8, 2020. 

Statistics Canada has provided provisional information on deaths in Canada during the first 18 weeks of 2020.  This includes deaths attributable to all causes; fluctuations from one week to the next may be attributable to many different causes of death.  A comparison of deaths in 2020 with the number of deaths reported in similar weeks in previous years allows estimation of 'excess' deaths above what is usually reported.  

The number of deaths reported in each week is represented below as a ratio of deaths per 1 million residents (population as of January 1 of the year).  Data for New Brunswick and Ontario are not yet available.  

Since early March, there have been elevated numbers of deaths per 1,000,000 residents in Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia.  

Source: Statistics Canada.  Table  13-10-0768-01   Weekly death counts, by age group and sex


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