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Federal census suggests population aging slower than rest of Canada

May 3, 2017 3:26 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Statistics Canada’s latest release of the 2016 Federal Census information suggests Red Deer’s population is aging along with the rest of the nation, but at a slower rate.

Census figures state Red Deer’s senior proportion (65 and older) of the total population is increasing. From 2011 to 2016, our population grew 10.9 per cent, but the proportion of the population who are seniors grew 27.4 per cent, constituting 12 per cent of Red Deer’s total population.

Overall, Red Deer still has a very healthy proportion of people of working age (15 to 64 years of age) which account for 69.4 per cent of Red Deer’s total population in 2016 with an increase of 8 per cent between 2011 and 2016; 18.6 per cent of Red Deer’s total population were children (14 years and younger) in 2016, showing an increase of 12.8 per cent from 2011. However, it has remained stable as proportion of the total population from 18.3 per cent in 2011.

Aging populations across Canadian municipalities are prompting more focus on seniors’ and accessibility needs in infrastructure, housing, transit, and social and recreational planning.

“The federal census information always provides us with valuable insights into the demographics of our citizenry,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “This latest data allows us to best respond to the needs of our senior population and proactively plan for the requirements of our community in a sustainable way.”

Distribution (%) of the population
by broad age group
   Red Deer
0 to 14 years  16.6%    19.2%     18.6%
15 to 64 years  66.5%    68.5%     69.4% 
65 years and over   16.9%    12.3%    12.0%
85 years and over  2.2%    1.6%     1.7% 

Comparing the dwelling types between 2011 and 2016 and between Red Deer and Canada, single family homes are still the most popular category of housing in Red Deer, but following the national trend, there has been growth in the proportion of multi-family housing:

  • The proportion of single family homes in Red Deer decreased very slightly from 54.4% to 52.7%
  • While the proportion of duplexes increased from 2.9% to 3.8%
  • The proportion of townhouses/row houses increased from 9.7% to 10.1%
  • The proportion of apartments under five storeys increased slightly from 20.2% to 21%

This information comes from Statistic Canada’s second release of information from the 2016 Federal Census. For more go to

For more information, please contact:

Franklin Kutuadu                                                      
Research and Evaluation Coordinator                      
The City of Red Deer                                                

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer

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