A Canadian Roadmap for an Aging Society

There is a fundamental demographic shift underway across Canada, with older adults making up an increasingly large portion of our society.

There is a fundamental demographic shift underway across Canada, with older adults making up an increasingly large portion of our society. Population projections suggest that by 2031, nearly a quarter of Canadians will be aged 65 years and over.

This report explores the implications of that shift — it outlines opportunities and needs related to the growing older adult population in Canada, and highlights areas of innovation and promising practice. The findings are based on a synthesis of evidence from many sources, including an environmental scan and literature review, and structured interviews with 27 key informants from across Canada. The purpose of the project is to create a Canadian ‘roadmap’ to inform development of guidelines and standards that could enhance Canada’s aging society.

  • Older adults at work
  • Older adults at home
  • Older adults in the community
  • Engaged older adults
  • Older adults seeking equity

Standards and guidelines can help promote age-friendly design in all spaces and places, strengthen protections and supports for caregivers, recognize and accommodate older workers, and leverage technology to enhance care, health, and quality of life.