How the COVID-19 pandemic lowered life expectancy in Canada last year

COVID-19 deaths led to a  five-month decrease in life expectancy at birth last year, recent data released by Statistics Canada suggest, potentially putting the country at a level not seen in seven years.

The findings varied widely across the country, with Quebec logging a drop in life expectancy of almost a year while the Atlantic provinces and the territories barely saw any change, confirming major differences in the pandemic's toll by region.

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