The population of seniors over the age of 65 in Canada has increased by 20% since 2011. In fact, 17% of Canadians are aged 65 or older. Seniors are expected to make up more than one-third of the population in some provinces by 2056.
As our population ages, health care inefficiencies will grow. Our health care system, which was established over half a century ago, was designed to meet the needs of a much younger population. When Medicare was enacted in 1966, the median age of Canadians was 25.5 years. Today, it’s 40.6 years and is expected to rise in the next decade.
Our health care system must adapt and evolve to meet the increasingly complex needs of today’s seniors. We need to see a significant investment in home care and long-term care facilities. We need more support for all caregivers, formal and informal. And we need all levels of government to work together.