Fastest Growing Demographic Group In Canada

Christina Perez
• Tuesday, 27 October, 2020
• 7 min read

Many young people first experience seniors through stereotypical representations on TV and in films. We’re all familiar with these misleading characters that make older people seem irritable and lonely.

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These negative stereotypes do not have to be pervasive in our country, and it’s our mission to spread the truth about a demographic who are often the pillars of their communities and families. The percentage of seniors in Canada is steadily increasing as life expectancy improves, so understanding aging is more important than ever before.

Often, people don’t understand the impact of aging until they experience it themselves, but that’s often too late to be of use to the generations that preceded them. We want to help you understand aging in any way we can, and we hope that these newsletters provide valuable insights that change the way you see and support the seniors in your community.

In the past, multigenerational households were commonplace, with grandparents helping to raise their own children’s offspring, and recent years have seen a growth in the number of multi-generational homes in Canada. To put this growth rate in perspective, over the same period the population of the rest of the country increased by just 68,000 (0.6%).

It is worth noting that both Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo and London are home to major universities that serve as a magnet for individuals both inside and more importantly outside the country. Over the past 75 years, the post-war baby boom has had a profound impact on all aspects of Canada ’s social and economic fabric.

While this demographic group is still the fastest growing in Canada ’s major urban centers, the growth of individuals aged 55 to 75 has steadily slowed from 3.8% to 2.8% over the past nine years. Despite this gradual slowing, this age group continues to expand at an above-average rate of 3.0% in a third of the country’s 35 CMA's.

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Topping the list of the 12 CMA's which experienced the fastest growth of (now aging) baby boomers is Calgary, Alberta with a year-over-year increase of 4.4% in 2018/19. Consistent with the fact that it is one of Canada ’s premier tech hubs, the millennial age group in Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo increased by 6.0% in 2018/19 after posting a gain of 4.7% in 2017/18.

In some ways a victim of his own success, the mayor of Kelowna has been struggling in recent years to rein in his city as it slowly spreads across the B.C. Interior, testing his ability to provide core municipal services and build badly needed infrastructure.

The latest figures also show that the once yawning gulf in growth rates between the spreading suburbs and their urban centers has continued to narrow, with young professionals and aging baby boomers alike opting for the downtown-condominium life. The census shows that 82 per cent of Canadian population live in large and medium-sized cities across the country, one of the highest concentrations among G7 nations.

Immigration has driven that change with new arrivals settling in urban centers as opposed to rural communities. Canada's rural population is aging at a much faster rate than those in the urban centers, which tend to attract younger families, said Michael Han, a sociology professor at Western University in London, Ont.

“How do you create more density and a different built form that can help people age in place in the community they're in right now so that they don't feel they have to move somewhere else?” In Kelowna, officials are encouraging people to live in areas that are already built out, as opposed to pushing the boundaries of the community further and further with new subdivisions.

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Across the rest of Atlantic Canada, growth slowed largely because fewer immigrants came into the region and more people left the area to seek their fortunes elsewhere. That elsewhere continued to be the West with Alberta growing at more than twice the national average, leading provincial growth for the third straight census cycle.

Manitoba's population increased by 5.8 per cent, surpassing the national average for the first time in 80 years largely on the back of new immigrants. Those numbers and projections are why the federal government's economic growth council has recommended increasing immigration levels to 450,000 from 260,000 to ensure there are enough workers in the country to keep Canada's economy humming along.

The population is growing at a steady pace and, based on current projections will surpass 50 million by 2070. Canada has one of the fastest growth rates of any G7 nation, growing faster than many other industrialized countries.

Unlike many other countries, Canada is “underpopulated” and celebrates a growing population. There are many job vacancies to be filled and more people mean more economic growth and prosperity for Canada.

The current population of Canada is 37,894,458, based on projections of the latest United Nations data. As you can see from the map in the section further down on the page, the majority of Canadians live in a narrow Southern belt along the border with the United States.

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Summers are warm and winters are not too harsh, making the area suitable for agriculture. The population density is among the lowest in the world, mostly because a great deal of the country to the north is virtually uninhabited.

Toronto, meanwhile, is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world with a density of 2,930 people per square kilometer. The largest city in Canada by population is Toronto, home to 2,615,060 people at the time of the 2011 census, and 2,731,571 in 2016.

The wider Toronto metropolitan area is over twice as populous, containing around 6 million people in total. Canada's second largest city is Montreal in Quebec, where 1,704,694 people live (up from 1,649,519 in 2011), followed in third place by Calgary in Alberta with 1,239,220 (up from 1,096,833).

Calgary is growing at almost twice the Canadian average, so if current trends continue it will no doubt overtake Montreal in the future. In the 5-year period, the city grew by nearly 21% en route to surpassing 500,000 residents.

Figures released on February 8, 2012, showed that the officially recorded population of Canada was 33,476,688. The country's population density is under 4 people per square kilometer, which ranks 228th in the world.

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Virtually every major world religion, faith, or denomination has a significant number of members in Canada, including Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sikhism. As in some other countries, religion in Canada has been declining as more people are identifying themselves as religiously unaffiliated.

According to the 2011 National Household Survey, the last census data collected, 67% of Canadians were Christian, 24% had no religion, and 3.2% were Muslim. Canada is known for its universal healthcare system and generally taking care of its citizens, which is funded by relatively high tax rates of 33% for income take and 15% corporate taxes.

Government spending has accounted for slightly about 40% of the country's GDP for the past few years. Population growth has been fairly consistent over the past fifty years and shows no sign of slowing.

In fact, relative to its size, Canada is the largest importer of human capital in the Group of Seven, attracting even more immigrants per capita than the USA. Worldwide, Canada is 9th in crude net migration rate, and nearly 22% of Canadians identify themselves as immigrants.

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The Métis had the highest growth rate of all Aboriginal identity groups with their population nearly doubling between 1996 and 2006. The growth rates for each of the Aboriginal identity groups were much higher than that of the non-Aboriginal population at 8% from 1996 to 2006.

The proportion of the Canadian population that identify themselves as Aboriginal is projected to increase to 4% in 2017 from 3% in 2001. There is also an increasing tendency for people to identify themselves as Aboriginal in recent years which also contributes to this faster growth.

Canada is the second largest country in the world, with vast lands covering 10 million square kilometers. It occupies the northern half of North America and has the longest coastline of any country; spanning the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic oceans.

Aside from its natural coastal beauty, the area is also rich in history, with Nova Scotia known as the gateway to Canada, and Newfoundland and Labrador as the oldest colony of the British Empire. Around 18 million people live in cities and towns near the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River in Southern Quebec and Ontario.

The region is called the “Land of the Midnight Sun” because at the height of summer, daylight can last 24 hours. The region’s rich natural resources include gold, lead, copper, diamond and zinc.

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