Today, Statistics Canada is releasing a second series of data from the 2016 Census on age and sex, and type of dwelling.
- Proportion (%) 65 years and over — 16.9
- Proportion (%) less than 15 years — 16.6
- Proportion (%) 15 to 64 years — 66.5
- % change 65 years and over (2011 to 2016) — 20.0
- Male/female ratio (number of males per 100 females) — 96.5
- Average age — Canada: 41.0
- Number of persons living in collective dwellings — 685,480
- Proportion (%) of single-detached houses — 53.6
There are more seniors than there are children. One in four Canadians will soon be or already are aged 65 or older. But, despite the recent acceleration in population aging, Canada had a lower proportion of seniors in 2016 than any other G7 country except the United States.
Given that women have a longer life expectancy than men, the aging of the Canadian population is also changing the distribution by sex. Among people 65 years of age and older, the number of women exceeded the number of men by more than 20% and there were two women for every man in the 85-and-older population.
There’s a high concentration of very old people on Vancouver Island. In some municipalities on Vancouver Island, over two in five people were 65 years of age and older in 2016.
More than two in five people were 65 years of age and older in four Canadian municipalities. Three of the four are located on Vancouver Island: Qualicum Beach (52.1%), Parksville (42.4%) and Sidney (40.9%). (The fourth municipality is Osoyoos (42.9%), located south of Kelowna.)
Municipalities with older populations have higher concentrations of women. This was the case in many municipalities on Vancouver Island, British Columbia (Parksville, Oak Bay, Qualicum Beach and Sidney), a region known to attract many seniors mainly because of its mild climate.
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