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Canada: Census Shows Canadian Population Aging
Source: Xinhua News Agency
Source Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, Internet Governance
Country: Canada
Created: Jun 12, 2012

The number of Canadians aged 65 and above reached nearly 5 million in 2011, accounting for a record high of 14.8 percent of the entire population, official statistics showed.

Between 2006 and 2011, this age group expanded by 14.1 percent, more than double the 5.9 percent increase of the general population, according to census figures released Tuesday by Statistics Canada.

The statistical agency attributed the aging trend to two reasons: longer life expectancy and below-replacement fertility rates.

Demographers believe that the number of children per woman needed for a population to replenish itself in the absence of migration is 2.1.

The census also showed that in 2011 the working-age population, aged between 15 to 64, represented 68.5 percent of the Canadian population, higher than in any other G8 country except Russia.

Meanwhile, the number of children aged four and under increased 11 percent during the same period, hitting a record high for this age group in 50 years and marking the highest growth rate of all age groups below 50.

The highest growth rate, at 29.1 percent, occurred among those between 60 and 64, and the median age in Canada last year was 40.6, according to the census.

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