Last week Canadians got a fresh look at their country's changing demographic pattern last week, thanks to the results of the 2011 national census. It revealed that a trend seen throughout the developed world is firmly entrenched in this country too: seniors now make up a higher proportion of the population (14.8%) than ever before. Though the population increase for the country as a whole sits at just under 6%, the number of seniors increased at more than double that (14%). The country's median age is now higher than ever before at 40.6 years.
The next age group - dubbed "near-seniors", or people between the ages of 60 and 64, grew faster than any other. The second-fastest growing age group was men and women over 100 years.
2011 Census: Age and Sex. Statistics Canada Census Data. Accessed May 30, 2012.