Senior Centenarians in Canada

Centenarians in Canada

Statistics Canada has released new figures showing how our population has grown, and what that means to the senior generation.

New figures released by Statistics Canada shows our population has had an increase of 531,497 people between July 1, 2018 and July 1, 2019. The growth rate — Canada adds one new person every minute — leads all G7 nations. We are far above the 0.6 per cent increases in the United States and United Kingdom during the same period.

The new figures show Canada’s population has reached 37,589,262, the biggest year-on-year increase ever recorded. On average, Canadians are 40.8 years old, which has crept up only marginally since 2016. Males are now 39.7 years old on average, with females 41.8.

We’re getting older, too; the number of people in Canada aged 100 or more has reached 10,795 people. Of those senior centenarians, 80% are women. According to these stats, Ontario and Quebec lead the provinces with the most senior centenarians. Overall, all across Canada and its territories, we have seen an increase by three times what it was since 2001.

Today’s seniors are yesterday’s baby boomers

More than one-in-six Canadians are now at least 65, and more than half of us were born in the “baby boom” period spanning 1946 to 1965. Statistics Canada estimates that Canada’s seniors could account for 22.7 percent of the population by 2031. By 2039, it’s estimated there could be four million more seniors than at present.

Is BC ready to house and take care of all the seniors?

Our governments, both Federally and Provincially are looking at the aging population and bringing legislation into effect to assist in the needs of seniors. It may not be all we need, but it is a start.

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