Nova Scotia, the oldest Province in Canada (24/05/2010)

In Canada, 13.7% of the population is 65 years and older.

In the last three years, Nova Scotia, part of the Atlantic Provinces, has become the oldest province in the country at 15.4%. Globally, the Atlantic Provinces have the highest percentage of seniors in Canada, with the exception of Newfoundland.

This fast aging is problematic as in 2006 seven towns had already more than one in four residents who were 65 and older.

The total population of Nova Scotia is expected to decline by approximately four and a half percent (4.69%) between 2007 and 2033. The 55-64 age group will also decline by 4.86% during the same period. In contrast, by 2033, the seniors' population will have increased by 86.3% from 2007!

One of the major forces behind the aging of the population is the maturing baby boomer generation which will start turning 65 in 2012. Other factors include increased life expectancies, declining birth rates and low immigration

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