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Shades of grey

The latest census figures released Wednesday by Statistics Canada show Canadian seniors outnumber children

There are more seniors in Canada than young people for the first time in Canadian history

Boomers have been pushing a demographic wave since the 1950s — filling schools, then universities, then workplaces.

Now, census data shows, they are turning Canada grey.

The newest batch of numbers from the 2016 census, released Wednesday, shows that thanks to aging baby boomers, there are more seniors in Canada than young people for the first time in Canadian history.

The report points out the first baby boomers turned 65 in 2011, the year the last census was taken, many of whom have left the labour market and are now seeking health-care and other age-related service.

Here are the key takeaways:

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