According to our latest census there were 5,825 people age 100 plus in 2011, in 2016 there is expected to be 7,900 centenarians and by 2061 we expect to have 78,300 centenarians in Canada. That is a lot of people and the growth rate in this age group is high. This is good news for those of us, like me and my friends, who are in our 70Th year, it means we have many good years ahead.
The 2011 Census counted 4,870 women and 955 men aged 100 and over. The corresponding sex ratio was about 500 women for every 100 men, the highest of all age groups. Among the Canadian population, there were slightly more men than women up to age 26, after which there were more women than men. By age 65, there were about 125 women for 100 men and by age 80, 170 women per 100 men.
More women than men reach the age of 100 because women experience lower probabilities of dying at all ages than men. In 2008, the life expectancy at birth was 78.5 years for men and 83.1 years for women.