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Figure 2 Proportion of persons aged 65 years and over in the Canadian population, 1956 to 2006

Figure 2  Proportion of persons aged 65 years and over in the Canadian population, 1956 to 2006

Description

This figure shows the proportion of persons aged 65 years and over in the Canadian population from 1956 to 2006. It looks like the rates are stable from 1956 to 1966, with 7.7% in 1956, 7.6% in 1961 and 7.7% in 1966. Then the rates grow constantly until today, going from 8.1% in 1971 to 8.7% in 1976, to 9.7% in 1981, to 10.7% in 1986, to 11.6% in 1991, to 12.2% in 1996, to 13.0% in 2001 and finally to 13.7% in 2006.

Sources: Statistics Canada, censuses of population, 1956 to 2006.