Dataset Vital Statistics Births

Vital Statistics Births 
Data Provider (source):

BC Vital Statistics Agency


Includes all births registered in the province of BC.

Record keeping 
Type of Data (select all that apply):
Population and Vital Statistics 
Data Collection Method (select all that apply):
Individual Level Data 
Identifiers used for linkage:
Personal Health Number, First Name, GivenName, Date of birth, Gender 
Access requiredments and conditions for Researchers and Projects:

Access Requirements and Conditions for the Researcher:

  • Details on the requirements for data access via PopData BC are available here:

Access Requirements and Conditions for the Research Project:

Access Process:

Population Data BC's Data Access Unit:  

Includes home births, which do not appear in the Discharge Abstract Database (Hospital Separations) file.


Excludes all births to BC residents which occur out-of-province.

Data is available from:
January 1, 1985 
More Information (including references):
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Additional information is available on PopData’s website:
[2019-02-07 10:19] Sarah Kesselring: Edited by Sarah Kesselring (skesselring)