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Canadian seniors outnumber kids for first time ever

Canada’s seniors have edged out the number of children under the age of 14, according to the latest population figures that experts say contain further evidence of a long-projected shift in the country’s demographic makeup.

The latest round of data released by Statistics Canada on Tuesday show seniors made up 16.1% of Canada’s population as of July 1, 2015, compared to 16% for children between the ages of 0 and 14.

The figures show a fundamental shift in Canada’s composition and signal that the time to confront looming challenges is at hand, said Amanda Grenier, director of McMaster University’s Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging.

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