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The Daily Wednesday, April 27, 2022

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In the midst of high job vacancies and historically low unemployment, Canada faces record retirements from an aging labour force: number of seniors aged 65 and older grows six times faster than children 0-14

The working age population (15 to 64 years) has never been older. More than 1 in 5 individuals in this population is close to retirement (55 to 64 years), an all-time high in the history of Canadian censuses. From 2016 to 2021, the number of persons aged 65 and older rose 18% to 7.0 million. Today, they represent nearly 1 in 5 Canadians (19.0%), up from 16.9% in 2016.

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Canada is the first country to provide census data on transgender and non-binary people

The 2021 Census includes for the first time a question on gender and the addition of the “at birth” precision to the sex question, making Canada the first country to collect and disseminate data on gender diversity from a national census. Approximately 1 out of every 300 people in Canada aged 15 and older in May 2021 were either transgender or non-binary.

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