For the first time, seniors outnumber children in Canada, according to the latest census data. Statistics Canada’s 2016 census figures released today (May 3/17) include demographic data related to age, gender and where Canadians live. There are now 5.9 million Canadian seniors, compared to 5.8 million Canadians 14 and under.
And that’s not all. A salute those 100 years and older as they are the fastest-growing age group in Canada. The 2016 census counted 8,230 centenarians, a 41.3 per cent over the 2011 figures. “It’s mostly due to an increase in life expectancy … Canadians are living longer,” Martel said. By 2051, the number of centenarians could reach nearly 40,000 as the first wave of baby boomers approaches the century mark.