Watch out, Canada: our country is being taken over by senior citizens!
Okay, that’s not entirely true.
But what is true is that—for the very first time since Confederation—there are now more seniors in Canada than children. That means there are over 5.9 million people age 65 and over throughout our nation!
At Tea & Toast, it’s important that we stay on top of trends, facts and figures where seniors are concerned.
You might even say we are experts at “senior trivia” (if such a thing existed)!
Here are a few interesting stats you may not know about senior citizens in Canada:
Where are all the seniors?
- Generally speaking, the population in Eastern Canada is considerably older than in western provinces and Northern Canada.
- The Canadian cities with the oldest populations are in Trois-Rivières, Que.; Peterborough, Ont.; St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont.; and Kelowna, B.C.
What kind of living arrangements do Canadian seniors have?
- The 2011 Census shows that about 92% of seniors lived in private households (as part of a couple, alone, or with others), and about 8% lived in collective dwellings.
- Not surprisingly, the prevalence of living in a couple declines with age. Also in 2011, Among seniors aged 65 to 69, 70.0% of seniors ages 65-69 lived as part of a couple; and for those aged 85 and over, fewer seniors were in couples.
- As of 2016, about 1/3 of people aged 85 and over were living in “collective dwellings” such as nursing homes, long-term care facilities and seniors’ residences.
How do Canadian seniors spend their time?
- About three-quarters of senior men and women engage in “active pursuits” in a typical day—including socializing, volunteering, walking, doing sports or cultural activities, and using technology.
- Speaking of technology: older Canadians represent the fastest-growing segments of internet users nationwide. In fact, Canadians between 65 and 74 were the fastest-growing demographic online between 2013 and 2016, jumping 16 percentage points.
- But it’s not all leisure for seniors: many of them have jobs! In fact, in 2015, one in five Canadians aged 65 and older reported working during the year. Of those seniors, 30% were working full-year, full-time—and most of them were men.
What’s the marital status of Canada’s seniors?
- Divorce is on the rise among seniors. However, stats from 2011 show that three-quarters of seniors ended up finding another partner, whether they got married again or moved in with a common-law spouse (awww)!
- (For some feel-good reading, check out our blog for later-in-life love stories.)
What are Canadian seniors’ political views/voting patterns?
- Elections Canada data shows that Canadians aged 65 to 74 consistently vote in higher percentages than any other age group during federal elections.
- According to CARP, the best predictor of voting patterns is how a person voted earlier in life—but older voters are not necessarily loyal to a particular political party.
What types of special milestones are there to recognize seniors in Canada?
- We love seniors! And so, we’re thankful that there are several special days/weeks to celebrate them, including Seniors Month (every June in Ontario); and National Seniors Day, which coincides with the UN’s International Day of Older Persons.
- But really, who needs a special day or month to show senior citizens how special they are to us?
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