Quality of Life Reporting System
Coming soon! Canada's Aging Population: The Municipal Role in Canada's Demographic ShiftCanadian municipalities recognize the opportunities and challenges presented by a rapidly aging society. They are working to remove social and physical barriers and are adapting local economies accordingly. Canada's Aging Population: The Municipal Role in Canada's Demographic Shift will showcase emerging and innovative, age-friendly plans, strategies, programs and services being implemented in municipalities across the country.
Still, municipal governments cannot do it alone. All orders of government benefit from communities where Canada's five-million seniors can continue to lead healthy, engaged and productive lives. By understanding the scope of the demographic shift, governments can begin to plan for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Data from 27 municipalities and urban regions show household income failing to keep up with home-ownership costs, which have risen three times faster than income since 2005. At the same time, the number of rental units has declined and the cost of renting in these communities has risen by more than 20% since 2000.