Female population projections

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In 2010, 17.2 million females accounted for 50.4% of Canada's population, a slim majority that has held for over three decades and is projected to continue for the next 50 years.

While the overall share of females in the population has been fairly stable, the female population has grown in absolute numbers and is expected to continue to grow. According to a medium-growth population projection, by 2031, Canada may have 21.2 million women and girls; by 2061, 26.6 million. This is up substantially from early in the last century: in 1921, there were 4.3 million females.

Over time, the distribution of females has been shifting to older age groups. In 2010, girls aged 14 and younger accounted for 16% of the female population, identical to the share of senior women aged 65 and older. In 1971, 29% of the female population was aged 14 and younger and 9% were senior women.

Chart 24.3 Population of girls and senior women
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