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What Do the Data Tell Us?

0.45% → Ontario stillbirth rate for January - October, 2021  (see the table below for details)

0.47% → Ontario stillbirth rate for 5 years pre-pandemic (March 1, 2015 – February 29, 2020) 

Note: Data for the five years pre-pandemic are presented for comparison.


Number of Live Births and Stillbirths in Ontario in 2021, by month
Birth MonthTotal BirthsNumber of Live Births:Percent of Total BirthsNumber of Stillbirths:Percent of Total Births
January 2021

10,357

10,301 

99.46%

56

0.54%

February 2021 10,450 10,398  99.50% 52 0.50%
March 2021 12,203 12,146 99.53% 57 0.47%
April 2021 11,385 11,341 99.61% 44 0.39%
May 2021 12,074 12,014 99.50% 60 0.50%
June 2021 12,718 12,672  99.64% 46 0.36%
July 2021 12,587 12,535 99.59% 52 0.41%
August 2021 12,152 12,101 99.58% 51 0.42%
September 2021 12,069 12,003 99.45% 66 0.55%
October 2021 11,621 11,574 99.60% 47 0.40%
Total 117,616 117,085 99.55% 531 0.45%

Data Source: BORN Ontario, 2021 - 2022 fiscal year

Definition of Indicator: Number of spontaneous stillbirths (antepartum or intrapartum) among infants born in Ontario, by month. Expressed as a percentage of all infants >=20 weeks gestation or >=500 grams born in Ontario, by month. 

Notes:

  • Data were extracted from the BORN Information System (BIS) on February 1, 2022. Note that data submission to the BIS is both voluntary and open to updates and amendments. This table represents a snapshot of the BIS on the date of data extraction.
  • Stillbirth includes any spontaneous stillbirth that occurred during the antepartum or intrapartum period. 
  • Records are still being entered for April - October of the 2021 - 2022 fiscal year. Data should be interpreted with caution.

 Media Coverage

 news title: fact check - COVID-19 vaccines are not causing a rise in stillbirths in Canada


 

news title: Inaccurate claim on Covid-19 vaccines causing Canada stillbirths spread online