In Québec as elsewhere in the world, influenza led to excess mortality in 2015

Québec, May 19, 2016 – After marking the end of the year 2014, the peak of deaths observed in the winter of 2014-2015 also affected overall mortality figures for 2015 in Québec. Combined with population aging, the particularly severe flu season of the 2014-2015 winter caused a high number of deaths between January and April. As a result, the preliminary number of deaths for 2015 reached 64,400. Excess mortality due to influenza was also observed elsewhere in the world in 2015, namely in Europe. These findings come from the bulletin Coup d’œil sociodémographique entitled “La mortalité et l’espérance de vie au Québec en 2015”, published today by the Institut de la statistique du Québec.  Data tables on deaths were also updated.

The marked increase in the number of deaths in recent years has tended to slow down gains in life expectancy, which remained at 80.2 years for men and 84.1 years for women in 2015. Between the mid-1990s and the late 2000s, men gained on average 4 months of life expectancy per year, while women gained slightly over 2 months per year. Since then, men have gained on average 2.2 months per year and women 1.4 months per year, which suggests a slight slowdown. Still, the life expectancy of Quebecers remains among the highest in the world.

In 2015, life expectancy at age 65 was 19.2 years among men and 22.2 years among women. That same year, 77% of the men and 85% of the women who died were 65 years of age or older. The number of seniors who die after the age of 100 rises year after year and exceeded 700 in 2015.


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