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Available Expert - Canada’s changing population

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Queen’s expert Maxwell Hartt (Department of Geography and Planning) can speak to how Canadian and global populations are rapidly changing, and how these changes are not felt evenly across Canada. Statistics Canada recently released data that found the number of Canadians who retired jumped almost 50 per cent in the last year.

Dr. Hartt says that all of Canada’s communities will grow older and many will lose segments of the population, and that most are not prepared for the coming demographic changes. Most aging communities do not have the adequate infrastructure or social environments suitable for later life. He says that we need to rethink our expectations for growth, explore non-growth planning and policy strategies, and begin to tackle the infrastructure barriers to creating truly age-friendly communities.  

Dr. Hartt is the Director of the Population and Place Research Lab where he leads the Aging Playfully and Aging People, Aging Places research projects.

To arrange an interview, please contact Media Relations Officer Victoria Klassen (Victoria.klassen@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.   

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