National Seniors Day, 1st October
Just this week StatsCan announced that the number of Canadians older than 65 was more than the number of Canadians under 15. There were 5,780,900 Canadians 65 and older (16.1% of the population) compared to 5,749,400 who were under 15 years old (16%).
The results of the last census in 2011 showed that Toronto had a population of 2,615,060, 14.4% of whom were over 65.
There was a CARP Flag Raising ceremony at City Hall today to celebrate the contributions of older adults across Canada. CARP, formerly the Canadian Association of Retired Persons, is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization that concerns itself with issues that affect the older members of our communities. Membership is no longer restricted to those over 50 years old; the societal challenges posed by aging populations are a concern to people of all ages.
below: CARP president Moses Znaimer and a woman (my apologies for not knowing who it is) listen to a speech by Toronto city councillor Pam McConnell prior to raising the flag.
Population by age group in Canada, as of 1 July 2015. All numbers from Statscan.
The largest group are those between the ages of 50 and 54
A full report, prepared by the city, of the population of Toronto in 2011 and how it compares to that of 2006 is also available.