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Plan Canada is the premier planning magazine in Canada and the official magazine of the Canadian Institute of Planners. It is published quarterly and features informative and beautifully presented articles on innovative projects and best practices in Canadian planning, as well as original research by practitioners and academics. Each edition explores one theme in the planning world.

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Summer 2021

Our aging population – challenges and opportunities 

One of the most significant challenges facing planners everywhere – regardless of the type of work we do – is to contribute solutions for the aging population. These include rejecting ageism, making the most of accumulated wisdom within our population of older adults, and finding ways to fix an age-unfriendly built environment to accommodate the needs of people whose mobility and other faculties may be declining. It is also important to acknowledge that today’s seniors see themselves as productive members of society. Although they are more likely to keep working beyond traditional retirement age than previous generations, it is not always by choice.

The number of older adults 75-84 - is projected to double from 1.8M to 3.6M by 2036, as Canada’s baby boom generation matures. In 2016, for the first time, seniors outnumbered school-aged children. While no longer breaking news, Statistics Canada projections based on the 2016 census confirmed that by 2041, one in four of us will be 65 or older. But national averages don’t tell the whole story. Many smaller communities across the country are already close to reaching that milestone. Although seniors are generally healthier and better off financially than previous generations, more and more seniors are living in poverty in core areas of larger cities. Older single women living alone and other aging minority populations are among the worst affected. 

Research from CMHC and others confirms that most older adults intend to ‘age in place,’ even though a majority live in neighbourhoods that lack essential amenities within reasonable walking distance. The percentage of seniors living in car-dependent suburbs in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto rose by 20% between 2011 and 2016. Are the nation’s planning consultants doing enough to influence their clients to invest in housing alternatives to transition to a more walkable environment? Are provincial and municipal planners drawing on international inspiration to lead positive change? How can planners best address the many complex problems related to aging, while also identifying opportunities?

Plan Canada’s summer edition focuses on Canada as an aging society. Submissions are welcome to answer these questions and any other perspectives that can inform our understanding of the issues.