Canadian Statistics and Resources
Canada’s population is in the midst of a fundamental shift. In 2012, almost one in seven Canadians was a senior; yet by 2030, that number will jump to nearly one in four. This extraordinary change in the demographics presents new opportunities for Canadian society. Seniors in Canada are a rapidly growing segment of the population and are also living longer and healthier lives than previous generations.
In 2014, over 6 million Canadians were aged 65 or older, representing 15.6 percent of Canada’s population. By 2030 seniors will number over 9.5 million and make up 23 percent of Canadians. Additionally, by 2036, the average life expectancy at birth for women will rise to 86.2 from the current 84.2 and 82.9 years from current 80 for men.
Approximately one-third of adults age 65 years or older fall in their home each year, resulting in injury, long-term disability and premature loss of independence. Falls account for 85% of seniors’ injury-related hospitalizations, making this the leading cause of injury-related admissions for seniors. The average Canadian senior had to stay in a hospital 10 days longer for falls than for any other cause. Falls are associated with over 1/3 of all admissions to long-term care facilities after being released from the hospital.
Apart from personal suffering, loss of independence and lower quality of life, the costs to the health system are enormous, approximately $3.4 billion annually is spent on direct health care costs related to falls. In an effort to help reduce and prevent falls and their associated costs Age Safe® Canada offers the Senior Home Safety Specialist™.
Approximately half of all falls that lead to hospitalization among seniors occur at home.
Public Health Agency of Canada:
The PHAC empowers Canadians to improve their health. In partnership with others, its activities focus on preventing disease and injuries, promoting good physical and mental health, and providing information to support informed decision making. It values scientific excellence and provides national leadership in response to public health threats.
The Safe Living Guide:
Canada Safety Council
Canadian Institute for Health Information
Canadian Caregiver Coalition
Elder Abuse Helpline
Seniors Abuse Help Line
Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
Toll Free: 1-800-668-2785
Living Lessons® Hospice Palliative Care
Info Line: 1-877-203-4636
81% of injury hospitalizations among seniors in 2017–2018 were due to falls. Research suggests that falls are the direct cause of 95% of all hip fractures, unfortunately leading to death in 20% of cases.
Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada
222 Queen Street, Suite 1402
Ottawa, ON K1P 5V9
Public Health Agency of Canada
Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP)
The Royal Canadian Legion
Older Women’s Network
Income Security – Pensions
Veterans Affairs Canada
1 800 647 1822
Alzheimer Society of B.C.
#300 – 828 West 8th Ave.
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1E2
Tel: (604) 681-6530
Toll-free: 1-800-667-3742 (B.C. only)
Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories
10531 Kingsway Avenue
Edmonton Alberta T5H 4K1
Tel: (780) 488-2266
Toll-free: 1-866-950-5465 (AB and NWT only)
Alzheimer Society Of Saskatchewan
301 – 2550 – 12th Ave.
Regina, SK S4P 3X1
Tel: (306) 949-4141
Toll-free: 1-800-263-3367 (Saskatchewan only)
Alzheimer Society of Manitoba
Unit 10 – 120 Donald St.
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4G2
Tel: (204) 943-6622
Toll-free: 1-800-378-6699 (Manitoba only)
Alzheimer Society of Ontario
20 Eglinton Ave. W., 16th floor
Toronto, ON M4R 1K8
Tel: (416) 967-5900
Toll-free: 1-800-879-4226 (Ontario only)
Federation of Quebec Alzheimer Societies
5165, rue Sherbrooke Ouest, bur. 211
Montreal, QC H4A 1T6
Tel: (514) 369-7891
Alzheimer Society of New Brunswick
320 Maple Street, Suite 100,
Fredericton, NB, E3A 3R4
Tel: (506) 459-4280
Toll-free: 1-800-664-8411 (New Brunswick only)
Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia
112-2717 Gladstone St.
Halifax, NS B3K 0A4
Tel: (902) 422-7961
Toll-free: 1-800-611-6345 (Nova Scotia only)
Alzheimer Society of Prince Edward Island
166 Fitzroy St.
Charlottetown, PE C1A 1S1
Tel: (902) 628-2257
Alzheimer Society of Newfoundland and Labrador
685 Water St.
P.O. Box 37013
St. John’s, NL A1E 5Y2
Tel: (709) 576-0608
Toll-free: 1-877-776-0608 (NL only)
Canadian National Institute for the Blind
Canadian Lung Association
Canadian Liver Foundation
Canadian Institute for Health Information
Canadian Hearing Society
Canadian Health Food Association
Canadian Diabetes Association
Canadian Cancer Society
The Kidney Foundation of Canada
The Arthritis Society
Parkinson Society Canada
Osteoporosis Society of Canada
Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada
The Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (ON)
Alliance for Healthier Communities
Ministry of Health Services (BC)
Seniors First BC
Alberta Health Services
Association québécoise de défense des droits des personnes retraités ou préretraités
CHIP Reverse Mortgage
Fire Safety for Seniors
Get Cyber Safe
Safer Home with Standards
Grants and Rebates for Disabled Homeowners
Provincial and Territorial Resources