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Census data shows Canada’s population is aging fast. What does that mean for Ontario?

Economist Michael Veall interviews with about the potential impacts of the rising proportion of seniors.

May 04, 2017

StatsCan data released this week may force the provincial government to start thinking differently about health-care funding and the future of rural Ontario.
Canadians are getting older. Of course, you say: we all get a little older every day. But new census figures released Wednesday by Statistics Canada show there are more people in the country above age 65 than there are people below 15, which hasn’t happened since 1871. That will make life difficult for Ontario policymakers when they consider what to do about health care — and it raises questions about the nature of the province’s urban-rural economic divide.

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