Immigration is the answer to Canada’s ageing population

Toronto, October 2 (CINEWS): For the first time ever, there are now more people in Canada age 65 and over than there are under age 14, according to Statistics Canada.
The data agency said Tuesday that Canada’s population sat at 35,851,800 at the start of July, a figure that has increased by 308,100 or 0.9 in the past year. That’s the smallest annual increase in 17 years, but still the largest pace of growth seen in any G7 nation.
If it was not for immigration, Canada would be in serious economic trouble. Newcomers made up 60.8 per cent of the population growth. The rest was natural population growth, as people already in Canada had children.
There were 5,780,900 Canadians 65 and older on July 1. That compares to an under-14 population of 5,749,400. In percentage terms, 16.1 per cent of Canadians were in the 65-and-over group in July, with under-14s accounting for just 16 per cent of the population.
The cohort of people 65 and up isn’t just large in absolute terms, but their ranks are growing faster than the rest of us, too. The population growth rate for the over-64 set increased by 3.5 per cent during the year, four times faster than the population at large.
That pace of growth has increased every year since 2011, the data agency said.
But by international standards, Canada’s population of 65-and-overs is still relatively small, and lower than any other G7 nation. In Japan, for example, 26 per cent of the population is over age 64.
Across all age groups, four provinces are making up a bigger and bigger share of Canada’s total population. In July, 86.3 per cent of people in Canada lived in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta.
Ontario remained Canada’s most populous province, with 13,792,100 people, Statistics Canada said.
New immigrants will continue to be the solution to Canada’s ageing population for decades to come. Integrating them into the workforce and society will be a challenge that has to be met through policies and education.

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