Age and Sex Highlight Tables, 2011 Census

Ratios of broad age groups, 1921 to 2011 - Canada

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Table Summary

This table shows the ratios of broad age groups at the Canada, province and territory level, from the 1921 Census to 2011 Census. The column headings are: census years, ratio children to seniors: 0 to 14 vs 65 and over, ratio working-age population to seniors: 15 to 64 vs 65 and over and ratio children and seniors to the working age population 0 to 14 and 65 and over vs 15 to 64. The rows are: census years along with their corresponding values.

Census years RatioFootnote 5
of children to seniors:
0 to 14 vs 65 and over
of working-age population to seniors:
15 to 64 vs 65 and over
of children and seniors to working-age population:
(0 to 14 and 65 and over) vs 15 to 64
Census years: Sort highest to lowest (not selected) Census years: Sort lowest to highest (not selected) Ratio, of children to seniors 0 to 14 vs 65 and over: Sort highest to lowest (not selected) Ratio, of children to seniors 0 to 14 vs 65 and over: Sort lowest to highest (not selected) Ratio, of working-age population to seniors 15 to 64 vs 65 and over: Sort highest to lowest (not selected) Ratio, of working-age population to seniors 15 to 64 vs 65 and over: Sort lowest to highest (not selected) Ratio, of children and seniors to working-age population (0 to 14 and 65 and over) vs 15 to 64: Sort highest to lowest (not selected) Ratio, of children and seniors to working-age population (0 to 14 and 65 and over) vs 15 to 64: Sort lowest to highest (not selected)
2011 1.13 4.64 0.46
2001 1.47 5.24 0.47
1991 Footnote 1 1.80 5.82 0.48
1981 Footnote 1 2.32 6.99 0.48
1971 Footnote 1 3.66 7.71 0.60
1961 Footnote 2 4.45 7.66 0.71
1951 Footnote 3 3.91 7.98 0.62
1941 Footnote 4 4.17 9.82 0.53
1931 Footnote 4 5.70 11.32 0.59
1921 Footnote 5 7.19 12.72 0.64

Notes:

Footnote 1

Prior to its creation as a territory on April 1, 1999, Nunavut was part of the Northwest Territories.

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Footnote 2

Prior to its creation as a territory on April 1, 1999, Nunavut was part of the Northwest Territories. The figures for this census year have not been subjected to random rounding.

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Footnote 3

Prior to its creation as a territory on April 1, 1999, Nunavut was part of the Northwest Territories. The figures for this census year have not been subjected to random rounding. Median age is calculated from population estimates for this census year.

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Footnote 4

Prior to its creation as a territory on April 1, 1999, Nunavut was part of the Northwest Territories. The figures for this census year have not been subjected to random rounding. Median age is calculated from population estimates for this census year. Newfoundland and Labrador became a province of Canada in 1949.

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Footnote 5

The ratio is a measure of the count of a population in an age group (e.g., 'a'), divided by the count of a population in another age group (e.g., 'b'). A ratio with a value of over 1 indicates the population age group a is greater than the population age group b. For example, for the ratio of the age group 0 to 14 years to that of those 65 years and over, a ratio with a value of 1.60 means that, in the overall population, we find 160 individuals aged 0 to 14 for each 100 individuals aged 65 and over. The ratios presented in these tables are calculated on rounded data.

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Data quality note(s)

  • Excludes census data for one or more incompletely enumerated Indian reserves or Indian settlements.
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