The Baby Boomers in Canada had different birth years than in the US

The Baby Boomers in Canada are usually defined as the generation born from 1947 to 1966. Canadian soldiers were repatriated later than American servicemen, and Canada's birthrate did not start to rise until 1947. Most Canadian demographers prefer to use the later date of 1966 as the end of the baby boom in Canada. After the end of the baby boom in Canada in 1966 fertility rates dropped drastically, turning into a baby bust. This has huge implications for Canada's population demographics.

The first of the Baby Boomers in Canada

Canada's first baby boomer, Nicole Cyr-Mazerolle, now 60 years old (in 2007), is a retired school teacher. She was the first of the Canadian baby boomers, born forty five seconds after midnight on January 1, 1947. She was the first citizen born under the new Canadian Citizenship Act, which declared that Canadians were no longer British subjects.

The demographics of Canadian Baby Boomers

In late 2007 it is estimated that 96% of the Canadian Baby Boomers are still alive. This is a population of about 8.5 million individuals.

The 2001 Canadian census data on age and sex show that as of May 15, 2001, the median age of Canada's population reached an all-time high of 37.6 years, an increase of 2.3 years from 35.3 in 1996. The nation's median age has been rising steadily since the end of the baby boom in 1966, when it was only 25.4 years. The Canadian baby boom was followed by a baby bust as birth rates suddenly plummeted.

The increase in the median age is one of many indicators that the nation's population is aging, a development that has implications for the labour force, economy, social services and health-care systems. Ontario has joined a growing list of jurisdictions that have banned mandatory retirement. This move is seen as more fair and even necessary in light of a shrinking workforce that is better educated and healthier than at any of predecessors. More senior Canadians do not want to retire and/or simply cannot afford to retire, and employers need them to remain in the workforce. They do not view age 65 as a magic number that should force the Baby Boomers in Canada to retire.

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