The population of seniors in Calgary is growing and is expected to continue growing in the coming decades. According to the 2021 Federal Census there were 177,405 Calgarians aged 65 years and over, up 28 per cent from 138,405 in 2016. Over the past 20 years, the population aged 65 years and over was the fastest growing age group in Calgary. It is forecast that the population of Calgarians aged 65 years and over will to increase by 79 per cent to 295,000 by 2041 (The City of Calgary, Corporate Economics, 2021 population forecast).
Through collaboration with older adult community members, other levels of government and members of the health, post-secondary, non-profits and private sectors, the Age Friendly Calgary strategy was created to prepare for Calgary’s aging population. The strategy was approved by Calgary City Council in June 2015.