Population Change and Lifecourse

The Changing Canadian Population

Edited by Barry Edmonston and Eric Fong
Published in 2011 by McGill-Queens University Press


Book Cover for The Changing Canadian PopulationCurrent social and economic changes in Canada raise many questions, including whether Canada’s education system is able to maintain Canadians’ competitiveness in an era of increasing globalization. Will the growing numbers of immigrants and their children be successfully integrated? How will our social institutions respond to a rapidly aging population? An understanding of recent and current population trends is essential for the Canadian public and leadership to respond effectively to these new social and economic challenges.

For the past one hundred and fifty years, the Canadian census has been an authoritative source of information about Canadians and Canadian families. This volume presents an up-to-date portrait of the Canadian population based on recent census results. It covers key topics in a volume suitable for readers at all levels.

The Changing Canadian Population discusses important questions about Canadian society using census data that are uniquely able to answer these questions. The eighteen chapters in this volume, written by many of Canada’s most distinguished scholars, address the history of Canada’s population, population aging, and future trends; education, employment, and family arrangements; immigration, internal migration, population distribution, and urbanization; and ethnicity, language, and religion.

This volume offers a comprehensive and in-depth discussion of many important issues, including where Canadians live, what jobs they work in, their family and living arrangements, and how the Canadian population is changing with continued immigration and changes in marriage and family structure. It presents a detailed picture of Canada’s changing population and discusses key issues related to these changes.

The book consists of 5 parts:

  1. Canada's Population Context;
  2. Social Stratification;
  3. Population Distribution and Migration;
  4. Families, Children, and the Elderly;
  5. Ethnicity, Religion, and Language.

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