A Portrait of Seniors in Canada 2006


Structure of the book

Chapter 1 of this report provides contextual information about the population of seniors. How many
seniors are there in Canada? How many will there be in the years ahead? What are their basic
demographic characteristics? Where do they live? Although this chapter is less directly connected to
the framework used for the rest of the publication, it provides valuable information about seniors as a
population in Canadian society.
Chapters 2, 3 and 4 are all divided into a number of chapters, but each chapter is based on one of the
three pillars of seniors’ wellness presented above. In Chapter 2, which is entitled Health, wellness and
security, information is provided about physical and mental health, financial security and security from
crime. Chapter 3, Continuous Learning, work and participation in society, is divided into three chapters,
and presents information on labour force participation, training, change in the educational profile of
seniors and retirement. In Chapter 4, Supporting and caring in the community, a wide variety of data
are presented in six chapters: living arrangements and family, social networks, social participation and
engagement (including volunteering), care, political participation and values.
Chapter 5 will add other relevant information on factors which can be related to well-being, but which
are less easily classifiable within the framework; these include leisure activities, computer use and
religiosity. In Chapters 6 and 7, the three pillars of well-being will be used again to compare the wellbeing
of aboriginal seniors (Chapter 6) and immigrant seniors (Chapter 7) with the senior population as
a whole.

Publication date: 
Feb 2007
Martin Turcotte and Grant Schellenberg
Statistics Canada
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