The Canadian Human Mortality Database (CHMD) was created to provide detailed Canadian mortality and population data to researchers, students, journalists, policy analysts, and others interested in the history of human longevity. The project is an achievement of the Mortality and Longevity research team at the Department of Demography, Université de Montréal, under the supervision of Professor Robert Bourbeau, in collaboration with demographers at the Max Plank Institute for Demographic Research (Rostock, Germany) and the Department of Demography, University of California at Berkeley. Nadine Ouellette, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and member of the Mortality and Longevity research team, is in charge of computing all CHMD life tables and updating the CHMD web site.
The CHMD is a “satellite” of the Human Mortality Database (HMD), an international database which currently holds detailed data for 37 countries or regions. Consequently, the CHMD’s underlying methodology corresponds to the one used for the HMD.
The CHMD gathers all required data (deaths counts, births counts, population size, exposure-to-risk, death rates) to compute life tables for Canada, its provinces and its territories. One of the great advantages of the database is to include data that is validated and corrected, when required, and rendered comparable, if possible, for the period ranging from 1921 thru 2009. For comparison purposes, various life tables published by governmental organizations are also available for download in PDF format (Adobe Reader®).