The 2016 Census Results Are Here and They’re a Bit Alarming

The Background 

In 2016, the Liberal government brought back the census for the first time in five years. Almost the entire country took part (we’re talking 98.4%), promising the most accurate look at our population since… well, maybe ever. The census bureau released the data yesterday and we learned some interesting tidbits about our fellow countrymen and women. Firstly, we’re living longer! The median age is 41.2 (an increase of 0.6 years since 2011) and the number of Canadians over the age of 100 has increased 41.3%. While this shouldn’t come as a big surprise (women have always outlived men), there are now twice as many women over the age of 85 as there are men. (We’re guessing that has something to do with their aversion to going to the doctor.) But lastly, and maybe most importantly, for the first time in Canadian history, there are more seniors than there are children in this country. CBC

Why You Should Care

Seniors rely on the younger generations to support them. We all contribute to CPP, and while it would be nice to think we’re saving that money for ourselves, the truth is that we’re giving it to the government so they can shell it out to the seniors who need it now. If we’re not having as many children (which clearly, we’re not), there will be fewer Canadians to contribute to the CPP when it’s time for us to collect—and well, you do the math.

The Gist

The results from the 2016 census are in, and we have a heck of a lot of seniors in Canada (and they’re mostly women). In fact, for the first time in history, we have more seniors citizens in Canada than children