Monday, May 28, 2012

Baby boomer data will highlight upcoming policy challenges

The next set of data from the 2011 census shouldn't hold many surprises for anyone in Canada — but it no doubt will.




On Tuesday, Canadians will discover how old their society has grown. It will be apparent in black and white how fast the baby boomers are entering their golden years, and how quickly the population of seniors is overtaking the number of youngsters.



It's the second tranche in a series from Statistics Canada's 2011 census, a full count of the Canadian population done every five years.



Experts say they expect to see evidence that the number of people in Canada over the age of 65 will soon outnumber those under the age of 15 — the result of a surging senior population and a steady decline in the ranks of children.



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