Following recent data out of Europe showing a steep decline (avg. 10%) in birth rates, I decided to find out how we are faring (provincially).
Using B.C. government statistics, I found the five-year average in births and compared it to 2021 and (the first nine months of) 2022.
2021 was a normal year, with an average monthly increase of 0.13%. January 2022 saw the beginning of a substantial decline in births. From January through September, the average monthly decrease was an astonishing 5.24%.
Notably, as in Europe, this decline correlates with nine months after the vaccine rollout. Is there causation, or some other explanation?
Why hasn't the government addressed this alarming trend?