Numbers from Stats Canada show 19.2% of the population in Olds is over the age of 65 while 21.8% of the residents in Sundre are seniors. Both totals are well above the national average of 14.8%.
An increasing number of Canadians are nearing retirement age, according to new figures recently released by Statistics Canada.
The 2011 census shows that Canadians age 65 & older make up 14.8% of the
While Alberta has the lowest proportion on seniors, at 11.1%, many local communities are well above the national average.
Seniors make up 19.2% of the population in Olds; in Sundre the number has risen to 21.8%.
Olds CAO Norm McInnis reflects on why so many retirees have settled in local
McInnis doesn't feel there's anything alarming in the figures.
He believes the new
long-term care centre being built in the town of Olds will take care of any immediate needs
for local seniors.
The census also showed that for the first time in 50 years, the number of children
under the age of 4 has increased in all provinces & territories.
Alberta had the largest increase at 20.9%.