A new study on expected lifespans in Canada shows aboriginal men and women may live substantially shorter lives than other Canadians.
The Statistics Canada report released Wednesday suggests aboriginal men live about four to six years less on average than non-aboriginal men.
And for aboriginal women, life expectancy is shorter than non-aboriginal women by roughly five to seven years.
The report also found that income levels affect expected lifespan, with the wealthiest Canadian men living seven years longer on average than those in the lowest income bracket.
For women, the income gap translates into a five-year life-expectancy advantage for those at the highest income level versus those at the lowest.
The report uses census data from 1991 to 2006 to project life expectancy, framing it in terms of much longer a person who reaches the age of 25 can expect to live.
The report suggests men with a university education can expect to live six years longer than those who did not graduate high school, while the difference for women is about four years.
Canadians living in shelters, rooming houses and hotels also have a considerably shorter life expectancy than other Canadians — almost 11 years less for men and about eight years less for women.