What will the population of Canada look like in 2068?

Release date: September 17, 2019

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Description: What will the population of Canada look like in 2068?

What will the population of Canada look like in 2068?

To help planners and policy-makers prepare for the world to come, Statistics Canada produces population projections.  These projections make different assumptions about things like:

  • How many children Canadian women might have in the future
  • How long the average Canadian might live in the future
  • How many immigrants might come to Canada in the future

Canada's population was 37.1 million in 2018. It is projected to reach between 44.4 million and 70.2 million by 2068.

Population Growth
Year Historic Projected
Low-growth scenario Medium-growth scenario High-growth scenario
in millions
1971 22.0      
2018 37.1
2068   44.4 55.2 70.2

Beginning in 2016, there were more seniors (aged 65 and over) than children (aged 14 and under) in Canada. This pattern would continue over the next 50 years according to all projection scenarios.

Persons of working age (15 to 64 years) could decrease as a share of the total population, from 67% in 2018 to between 58% and 61% in 2068.

By 2068, seniors could account for between 21% and 30% of all Canadians, up from 17% in 2018.

In 2068, there could be between 63,300 and 113,000 Canadians aged 100 and over, up from 10,000 in 2018.

Source: Statistics Canada. 2019. Population Projections for Canada (2018 to 2068), Provinces and Territories (2018 to 2043).

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