Statistics and Research

Canadian population over 65 years: 5 million, 15.3% (2011)

Relevant studies

Statistics on Canadian seniors

  • Canadian population over 65 years: 5 million, 15.3% (2011)
  • Seniors make up the fastest-growing age group
  • In 2031, all the baby boomers will have reached 65
  • Seniors will represent 24% of the total population in 2036 (10.4 million people)
  • Between 2015-2021, the number of seniors is projected to exceed the number of children aged 14 and younger for the first time ever
  • 24% of those 65+ reported that they would have liked to have participated in more social activities in the past year (Statistics Canada, 2012 Health Report)
  • 19% of those 65+ felt a lack of companionship, left out, or isolated from others  (Statistics Canada’s 2008/09 Canadian Community Health Survey)