The rapidly changing demographics of BC continue. It seems now that our population base is aging faster than most of the rest of the country. After about 15 years of dizzying population growth most school districts are now faced with declining enrollments. It seems this condition is set to continue as well as total school enrollments across Canada were down almost one percent last year, with declines in every province (Stats Canada)
Seniors will outnumber children in B.C. within two years, according to new population projections from Statistics Canada.The latest figures show B.C.’s population will swell from 4.5 million now to between 5.8 million and 7.1 million by 2036. And the rate of growth of seniors is expected to be particularly strong, faster than the pace of the rest of the country.
The Statistics Canada report shows the proportion of seniors in B.C. aged 65 and up will climb from 15 to 24 per cent by 2036. The proportion of seniors in B.C. will pass that of children under 15 in 2012 – that’s not expected to happen nationally until 2021.