BC Vital Events and Statistics Births data set

Data source: BC Ministry of Health

Date range

January 1, 1985 onward

Description

Includes all births registered in the province of BC.

 

Fields available

For a list of fields available, please contact the Data Access Unit.

Inclusions
  • Includes home births, which do not appear in the Discharge Abstract Database (Hospital Separations) file.
Exclusions
  • Excludes all births to BC residents which occur out-of-province.
Quality/accuracy of information/field coding source
  • There are federal standards for vital statistics certificates and reports that have been adopted by the provinces. The use of nationally uniform vital registration and statistics standards allows for comparison of both national and provincial data. The physician or registered midwife who was in attendance at a birth must complete a Notice of Live Birth or Stillbirth/ (NOB) form, supplying the labour and the delivery details.
Important additional information
  • In the case of adopted children, the parents on the births file may be the adoptive parents.
  • The name of the father on the births file may not be the name of the biological father.

DARs/Projects snapshot

Total number of DARs/Projects currently with PopData:

429

The breakdown:

DARs in preparation/review

46

Projects with amendments in preparation/review

28

DARs in post-approval 

10

Projects with data being prepared

32

Projects being maintained
(includes 11 Data Access Support Hub (DASH) and 13 DI Program)

288

CaraSpace projects

25

 

Last revised June 10, 2022

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