Education Indicators

Cause-Specific Mortality by Education in Canada

This visualization presents a study conducted by Tjepkema, Wilkins, and Long (2012), and it examined the causes of death among different age groups and different education levels. It calculated the age-standardized mortality rates (ASMRs) for a sample that equals to 15% of Canadians aged 25 or older. It used data from the 1991 to 2006 Canadian census mortality follow-up study, which included about 2.7 million people. The causes of death were grouped by the Global Burden of Disease categories, and by behavioral health risk factors, including smoking-related, alcohol-related, and drug-related diseases. The education levels are: less than secondary graduation, secondary graduation, postsecondary certificate, and university degree.

The visualization shows Age-standardized mortality rates per 100,000 person-years at risk for selected causes of death.



  • Tjepkema, M., Wilkins, R., & Long, A. (2012). Cause-specific mortality by education in Canada: a 16-year follow-up study. Statistics Canada.