We so often hear about our area being described as a retirement community. Isn’t every community one? As David Foote once said, every day, we all get one day older and pure demographics across the country show that the composition of our entire population in Canada is moving up the age scale. The baby boomers, like me, just make up a great big chunk.
According to this article in Collingwood Today, the proportion of adults aged 60 and over in Simcoe County is 24.6 percent of the population compared to 23 percent in Ontario and 23.4 percent in Canada. That is not really as significant a number as some may think, is it? It also points out that the County of Simcoe recognizes Oct. 1, 2018 as National Seniors Day and International Day of Older Persons.
Yes, as people retire, we hear over and over again that they can’t wait to get out of the traffic, smog, noise, crime, etc of the cities and move to our area which is blessed with an incredible lifestyle amid nature’s bounty of Georgian Bay and the Niagara Escarpment. It most certainly is a trend but along with it, we are seeing an equally strong immigration into the area of young families and singles who are entrepreneurs, inheritors, healthy lifestyle seekers and people wanting to raise their families here. We have a labour shortage and lots of opportunities for people of all ages and they are coming. In droves.
Today is October 1st and we joyfully recognize the wonderful contributions of our seniors and let’s also be thankful for our mixed demographic here in Southern Georgian Bay. It keeps our communities vibrant, sustainable and liveable. Everyone is welcome!