Social and economic dimensions of an aging population SEDAP‐II – Canada in the 21st century: Moving towards an older society

Last Updated: December 20, 2012

Sylvia Abonyi, PhD (Co-Investigator)

In Canada, an unusually high proportion of the population is in its most productive ages. That will change when the large baby boom generation reaches “old age”. Demographic facts immediately raise questions about implications for the future, such as whether social programs designed to provide for the well-being of older people can be sustained as numbers swell. 

Goals / Outcomes: This research, led by Principal Investigator Byron Spencer of McMaster University, focuses on how population aging affects the labour force and the economy, with differences across ethnic groups, with internal and external migration patterns, with the viability of pension plans, residential choice, marital transitions, health, retirement, and standards of living. A large team will include extensive analysis of important and newly available survey data, as well as international comparisons to allow the Canadian situation to be seen in a broader context.

Funder: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Major Collaborative Research Initiatives