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Population Overview

Older adults make up the fastest growing age group in Canada. Halton is home to approximately 170,565 adults aged 55 and older and represent 29% of Halton’s population.

There are slightly fewer older adults living in Halton (29%) compared to the whole of Ontario (33%) and Canada (33%). 

Within Halton, Burlington is home to the largest 55+ population. Approximately 64,940 adults aged 55 and older live in Burlington, making up 35% of its population.

Although there is a higher number of adults aged 55+ living in Milton (25,080) compared to Halton Hills (19,010), the 55+ population makes up a lower percentage in Milton (19%) compared to Halton Hills (30%).

Canada’s 55+ Population, 2021 Census

Map depiction of Canada's 55+ population based on 2021 census data.

Halton’s 55+ Population, 2021 Census
170,565 (29%)

Map depicting Halton's age 55+ population based on 2021 census data.

Halton’s Older Adult Population by Age Groups

Halton’s 55+ population has increased by 2% since 2016.

Adults aged 65 and older represent 16% of Halton’s population, while adults aged 85 and older represent 2% of Halton’s population.

Halton is home to over 100 people aged 100 years and older. The majority of those aged 100 years and older are women and live in Burlington.

Halton’s 55+ Population by Age Group: Comparing 2021 and 2016 Census

Source: Statistics Canada, 2021 Census of Population.

Halton’s 100+ Population Count, 2021 Census

TotalMen+Women+
Halton1252095
Burlington651055
Halton Hills1005
Milton1005
Oakville401030

Notes: To ensure confidentiality, Statistics Canada rounds population counts either up or down to a multiple of ‘5’ or ‘10.’ As a result, when these data are summed or grouped, the total value may not match the individual values since totals and sub-totals are independently rounded. 
‘Men+’ and ‘Women+’ are gender categories and includes cisgender, transgender, and some non-binary persons.
Source: Statistics Canada, 2021 Census of Population.


Top 5 Languages in Halton

Thirty-three per cent of Halton’s 65+ population as well as all age groups in Halton speak a mother tongue language that is not English or French. 

The top five languages spoken by adults aged 65 and older in Halton are Italian, German, Urdu, Polish and Portuguese. 

The top five languages spoken by all age groups in Halton are Urdu, Arabic, Mandarin, Spanish, and Punjabi.

Top 5 Languages Spoken by Halton’s 65+ Age Group, 2021 Census

Chart depicting the top languages spoken by Halton's 65 and older population.

Top 5 Languages Spoken by All Ages in Halton, 2021 Census

Chart depicting the top languages spoken in Halton by all ages.

Languages = Non-official mother tongue.

Source: Statistics Canada. (2022). Table 98-10-0180-01 Mother tongue by single and multiple mother tongue responses.


Halton’s Older Adult Population by Marital Status

Seventy-one per cent of Halton’s 55+ population are married or living common-law. Men are more likely to be married or living common-law than women. Eighty-one per cent of men aged 55+ are married or living common-law.

Women aged 55+ are more likely to be unmarried (38% of women) compared to men (19%). This status includes being divorced, widowed, and never being married. 

More women are widowed and not currently married or living common-law (20% of women), compared to men (6%). 

In 2016, 16% of Halton’s 55+ population were living alone and 4% were living with relatives. (Statistics Canada, Census of Population, 2016)

Halton’s 55+ Population – Marital Status, 2021 Census

Note: ‘Men+’ and ‘Women+’ are gender categories and includes cisgender, transgender, and some non-binary persons.

Source: Statistics Canada. (2022). Table 98-10-0128-01 Marital status, age group and gender.


Map of Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs) in Halton

We created a Google map of Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORCs) in Halton. Data from UHN OpenLab, 2021, was used to populate this map.

NORCs are planned or unplanned residential properties with at least 50 residents who are aged 65 and older and with at least 30% of residents aged 65 years and older. Long-term care homes and retirement homes are not considered a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community.

A NORC is not a formal designation of a property. However, living in a NORC may provide residents with direct access to social and health supports and programming within the property. Additionally, there may be opportunities to assist residents in accessing supports in the community. There is potential for NORCs to support and encourage aging in place.

There are a total of 126 NORCs across Halton.

  • Burlington has 71 NORCs
  • Oakville has 35 NORCs
  • Milton has 11 NORCs
  • Halton Hills has 9 NORCs

The Google map we created lists the NORC properties in order of highest percentage of older adults living in the building to the lowest percentage. Descriptions of each property include the number and percentage of residents aged 65+, full address, name of property, the type of ownership (for example, if it’s a Halton Region property), the type of residence (for example, if it’s an apartment, condo, or townhouse), the rental type (for example, if it offers rent geared to income or market rent), and the size of the property (for example, if it’s a low-rise, mid-rise, or high-rise building).

For example, 4100 Longmoor Drive has 110 of its residents aged 65+, which makes up 98.2% of the building. The full address is 4100 Longmoor Dr, Burlington, Ontario, L7L 5H1. The name of the property is Longmoor Drive and it is a Halton Region property. It is a low-rise (1-3 floors) apartment building that offers rent geared to income.

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