According to statistics conducted in Canada, their country is rapidly aging. The census shows the ratio of female and male as well as the aging phenomenon happening in Canada..
Census to state how rapidly Canada is aging
Canada is about to step in front of the mirror and startle itself at how much grey hair has accumulated since the last national headcount was conducted in 2006.
The second major batch of data from the 2011 census is scheduled for release Tuesday by Statistics Canada, and the findings are expected to show just how rapidly this country is aging and — as in other developed nations — how the growing proportion of seniors in the population will trigger wrenching changes in social programs and the labour force.
The first round of census results, released in February, showed Canada's population had surpassed 33.5 million and that the West's booming economy was reshaping the country's demographic landscape, with more residents living west of Ontario than east for the first time.
Details from this second round of census results, which focuses on the aging phenomenon as well as subtle changes in the nation's male-female ratio, are being kept under wraps by StatsCan until Tuesday morning.
But the general demographic trajectory — most notably, the recent arrival of the earliest members of the Baby Boom generation at retirement age — was predictable decades ago. And no miracle drugs or anti-aging diets or magic mirrors have come along in the late-20th or early-21st centuries to reverse the inevitable increase in Canada's wrinkle quotient.
"I'd be very surprised if there are any surprises" in Tuesday's census data, McGill University economist Christopher Ragan told Postmedia News. "The demographic trends have been known for a long time."
Earlier this year, Ragan authored a study for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute — an Ottawa-based public-policy think-tank — titled Canada's Looming Fiscal Squeeze, and which highlighted "the rising share of national income to be devoted to publicly provided health care and seniors' benefits, and the increase in public debt that will occur if future governments do not adjust their spending programs or tax rates."
Many of the key issues now being debated by Canada's federal parties are "driven by demographics," said Ragan, who is also the David Dodge Chair in Monetary Policy at the C.D. Howe Institute.
I think the results will have a major impact in the health care system. Canada should think about more on improving their health care system and other programs for their baby boomers..