Despite Canadians living a relatively long life, averaging around 81 years, the picture is bleaker for those who live in the north.

According to the Canadian Conference Board’s ‘How Canada Performs,’ Canada is seventh in the world, behind other western nations, like Japan, Switzerland and Australia. However, it is still ahead of the U.S.

According to the Board’s Centre for the North, Canadians living in the North are less likely to even celebrate their 78th birthday.

The reasoning behind the shorter lifespan includes poor living conditions, less access to primary health care and a greater number of accidents.

In the Peace River area, the statistics show most residents live an average of 77.7 years, which compares to 83.4 in Richmond, B.C.