New Brunswick getting older

Statistics Canada has just published its Age and Sex data from the 2006 Census. You can search the tables here.

There aren’t a lot of surprises. Atlantic Canada is older than the rest of Canada – following a continuing trend.

I am surprised at how old Moncton is. I had some hope that the call centre industry would have moderated this somewhat. There are only six CMAs that have a lower percentage of population under the age of 15. We do know that a lot of older folks are moving to Moncton for health care. This is proof. By the way, I don’t have an age bias (I am not getting any younger myself). However, I think a dropping youth population can have ripple effects.

This chart is sobering. In 1966 – just a little over 40 years ago, New Brunswick had the second lowest median age in the population. Now, we have the third highest. In just the past 20 years, the median age in New Brunswick has increased faster than all provinces except Newfoundland (see the chart).

Part of self-sufficiency must be a sustainable population. The driver of a sustainable population (including a youth population) is a strong economy. Just look at Alberta if you don’t believe me.

P.S. – There is one segment of the population that is growing.