- In 1981, 2.4 million Canadians were aged 65 and older. Today the number has nearly doubled to 4.7 million. That’s one in seven Canadians. 56% are women.
- In the 1970s for every person 55-64, there were 2.3 persons aged 15 – 24. In 2006 the ratio was down to 1.1.
- Life expectancy in Canada in the 1940s was just over 60 years. Life expectancy in Canada today is over 80 years.
- Canadians 45-plus (“Zoomers”) account for 14.5 million out of 34 million Canadians. (Source: Statistics Canada, July 2010)
- 6.4 million Canadians are either retired or semi-retired. (Source: PMB, Spring 2011)
- 7 in 10 Canadians plan to keep working during retirement. (Source: The Globe and Mail/Harris/Decima Poll)
- 279,000 Canadians have recently, or expect to become, caregivers to an elderly relative in the next 12 months. (Source: PMB, Spring 2011)
- Today, there are more people over 50 than under 30.
- By 2016, there will be more people over 65 than under 14. First time in history.