East aging faster than the West: Census 0
Booming Alberta is Canada's most youthful province.
Statistics Canada released age and sex data from its 2011 census Tuesday,
and while the national numbers point to a rapidly aging population, not every region is fading to grey at the same speed.
In February, StatsCan released data indicating Western Canada's population is growing faster than the population in the East - and the younger workers heading to Alberta and Saskatchewan to find work in the booming natural resource sector are also shifting the country's demographics.
Just 11.1% of Albertans are seniors, compared with 16.6% of Nova Scotians, 15.9% of Quebecers, and 14.6% of Ontarians.
Alberta also saw the biggest increase of children aged four and under, a boost of 20.9%. Saskatchewan came a close second, seeing a 19.6% rise between 2006 and 2011.
The prairie province is also the only jurisdiction to see a drop in its proportion of seniors, from 15.4% in 2006 to 14.9% in 2011.
Meanwhile, the proportion of seniors increased much faster in the Atlantic provinces and Quebec.
Alberta, Newfoundland and British Columbia have the highest proportion of working-age people.
Still, B.C. has one of the highest proportions of seniors in Canada, and accounts for seven of the 10 municipalities across the country with the highest proportions of seniors.
Canada's big cities are also younger than the national average, with Calgary, Edmonton and Saskatoon leading the charge. Calgary, Halifax and St. John's have the highest proportions of working-age Canadians.
The resort towns of Banff and Whistler draw in the young and adventurous and are the most youthful municipalities in Canada. They have working-age populations of 83.4% and 82.8%, respectively. The oil-boom town of Wood Buffalo, Alta., ranked third.
Meanwhile, Qualicum Beach, Parksville and Sidney - all in B.C. - are Canada's retirement havens. In Qualicum Beach, nearly half the population is made up of senior citizens.