Census Canada Says: We Are Getting Old

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Yesterday was a very exciting day for planners and statisticians who eagerly anticipated the new release of Census Canada data. As the Globe and Mail reporters Tavia Grant and Jeremy Agius noted, the  “greying of Canada’s population is accelerating, as new census numbers show seniors now outnumber children for the first time in the survey’s history.”  While 16.9 per cent of the country’s population is over 65, those 15 years and under number 16.6 per cent.

An aging population will impact all kinds of businesses that will need to cater to “older empty-nester single person households” as well as “government budgets to pensions, health care, the labour market, consumer trends and social services.”

There has been a trend through lobbies such as Generation Squeeze to advocate for better policy, affordability and accessibility for  people in their 20’s to 40’s, with the thought that seniors are taking a lot…

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