May 22, 2012
OTTAWA – The number of seniors 65 and over has been catching up with the number of children 14 and less in the last 40 years. As a share of the Canadian population, seniors represented 13.7% according to data from the 2006 Census. Population projections indicate that this share could increase to 22.8% by 2031, when the last cohort of baby boomers, born in 1965, will reach age 65.
As a result, population aging will present many challenges for Canada in the coming decades. But just how fast was population aging in Canada since 2006? How does it compare with others countries? What regions of the country had the oldest and youngest populations in 2011?
Results from the 2011 Census will answer these questions and will provide valuable insight with regard to the age and sex distribution of the Canadian population, with the second release of the 2011 Census, on May 29, 2012.
Analytical reports on that day will focus on children 14 and under, the working age population 15 to 64, seniors 65 and over, centenarians, and generations among the Canadian population. Reports will also highlight the usefulness of census data as a planning tool at the local level. Other products will be available, among which dynamic age pyramids from 1921 to 2011, Focus on geography, the Visual census, highlight tables and topic-based tabulations.
All products will be on Statistics Canada’s website at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time on May 29.
For more information, contact Media Relations at 613-951-4636.
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