Ontario seniors’ health

This page creates data viz using the publicly available data about Ontario’s senior care. The aim is to contribute to others’ efforts to understand better the evolving nature of the demand for Ontario seniors care.

1. Ontario population by age group in 2019

By July 1, 2019, Statcan estimated there were 14.5 million Ontarians; of them, 12 million were 64 and younger in age – 83 out of 100. The rest, 2.51 million were seniors: 65 and above – 17 out of 100.

Among seniors, 10 out of 100 were aged between 65 and 74, and 7 were aged 75 and above. By number, they were about 1.5 million and 1 million respectively.

2. Ontario’s population grew by more than one million in seven years.

Figure 2: Population growth by age group, 2012-2019

Data source: Statistics Canada. Table 17-10-0005-01  Population estimates on July 1st, by age and sex

Figure 3: Population rate of increase, by age group, 2012-2019

Although there were 14.5 million in 2019, in 2012, the province had only 13.4 million by July 1, 2019; the number grew by 1.1 million in seven years (Figure 2).

During these seven years, the highest rate of increase occurred in the 65-74 group; it was 33 per cent. The runners-up were the 75 and older group; they grew by 21 per cent.

The smallest gain happened in the 0-64 group: Just 5 per cent. However, the highest increase occurred in the 0-64 group because of their large age range (Figure 3).

3. Ontario seniors increased by more than 5,00,000 from 2012 to 2019.

Figure 4: Ontario seniors’ increase by age group, 2012-2019

Data source: Statistics Canada. Table 17-10-0005-01  Population estimates on July 1st, by age and sex

In 2019, Ontario housed 2.51 million seniors; those 65 and above. However, in 2012, there were only 1.97 million; they increased by 5,43,159.