May 4, 2017
Seniors Sector News

On May 3, Statistics Canada released more data from the 2016 census which highlight very interesting information about seniors in Canada.

Growth in the number of seniors
The increase in the proportion of seniors from 2011 to 2016 was the largest observed in 70 years. The number of people 65 years of age and older increased by 20%. By comparison, Canada's overall population grew by 5% from 2011 to 2016.

The number of people aged 85 and older grew by 19.4% from 2011 to 2016, nearly four times the rate for the overall Canadian population. In 2016, there were 770,780 people aged 85 and older living in Canada, representing 2.2% of the Canadian population overall and about 13% of the population aged 65 and older. Read more in A portrait of the population aged 85 and older in 2016 in Canada.

Those over 100 years of age were the fastest-growing cohort from 2011 to 2016 at 41.3%.

More seniors than children living in Canada
2016 marked the first time that there were more seniors (5.9 million or 16.9% of the Canadian population) than children 14 years of age and younger (5.8 million or 16.6%). 

However, the Prairie provinces were the only jurisdiction where there were more children 14 years of age and younger than seniors 65 years of age and older.

Future projections
Today, life expectancy is over 82 years, and 9 in 10 people can expect to reach 65 years of age. By 2031, close to one in four Canadians (23%) could be 65 years of age or older, while the proportion of children 14 years of age and younger could remain similar to the 2016 level (16%). The share of people aged 15 to 64 will likely continue to decrease.

An increasingly female population
Given that women have a longer life expectancy than men, the aging of the Canadian population is also changing the distribution by sex. Among people 65 years of age and older, the number of women exceeded the number of men by more than 20% and there were two women for every man in the 85-and-older population. This infographic summarizes the key trends related to the age and sex structure of the Canadian population.

Proportion of seniors in municipalities
Edmonton and Calgary have the smallest proportion of people 65 years and older compared to other Census Metropolitan Areas in Canada (Edmonton 12.3% and Calgary 11%).

If you want to learn more, you can join in a Statistics Canada Chat with an Expert session on Friday, May 5 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. (Eastern).
More seniors sector news
(links to the ESCC News for Agency Staff webpage)
Professional Development
May 23, 11 a.m. or May 31, 1 p.m. (Mountain)

Using real world case studies and examples this webinar will show you step-by-step how you can jumpstart your fundraising with little or no budget. This webinar will cover topics such as:
  • Where do you start when you have limited time? How to get the balance right between corporates, individuals and everything else.
  • How to capture stories to share with potential supporters and tips to show companies and individuals the work you do.
  • What members of the public respond to.
  • How to manage your time on social media.
  • How to identify and build your network. How to grow your corporate donors.
  • What companies really want from you and how you can maximize their support.
Nonprofit Hub
May 25, 10:30 a.m. (Mountain)

Fundraising events have become an increasingly important and ubiquitous tool for nonprofit organizations. But what is it that ultimately makes an event "successful" and how can events provide new and potentially exciting forms of value for participants? This webinar will dive into new research which outlines for the first time what overarching factors may have a part to play in distinguishing genuinely outstanding fundraising events from merely 'average' ones.
The Conference Board of Canada
May 31, 3 p.m. (Eastern)

Palliative Care Matters was launched in June 2016 as an initiative championed by Covenant Health's Palliative Institute, in partnership with 13 national health organizations. These organizations have called for shared, pan-Canadian leadership to ensure all Canadians with life-limiting illness have timely access to high quality, coordinated and integrated palliative care.  This webinar will cover:
  • The background and context for the Palliative Care Matters initiative
  • The three-phase approach used in the initiative
  • The Consensus Statement and recommendations delivered by the Lay Panel
  • The implications of these recommendations as vehicles for creating pan-Canadian change
  • Opportunities and next steps for ensuring Canadians with life-limiting illness have timely access to high quality, coordinated and integrated palliative care
More events for staff/volunteers in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Events in the Senior-Serving Sector webpage)
Work Opportunities in the Seniors Sector
Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council

ESCC is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student who will be returning to university in September 2017. We anticipate employment for between 9 and 16 weeks.

The R&E Assistant will participate in a wide range of activities, including support to the Pan-Edmonton Group Addressing Social Isolation of Seniors (PEGASIS) and the development of a recreation and wellness directory for Edmonton seniors. Key duties include assisting with data collection and analysis under the supervision of project staff and performing quality control procedures on their own work to facilitate data capture and to ensure the timely receipt of material.

  • An understanding of the concepts of social innovation and developmental evaluation are desirable to be comfortable with a flexible work plan in a non-traditional R & E environment.
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Basic training in statistical analysis and familiarity with SPSS and other analytical applications (e.g., Mplus, HLM, NVivo)
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) skills
  • Experience preparing information to suit an intended audience
Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 19. Review the complete job posting for details on the position, remuneration, and application instructions.
ALIGN Association of Community Services, Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (ECVO), and The Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council (ESCC)

If you are a highly organized person who enjoys a position that offers a wide variety of tasks then this senior level administrative position responsible for providing a broad spectrum of office management and accounting functions to three nonprofit organizations and their executive directors is for you. 

The Office and Accounts Manager's first priority is to provide accounting support for each organization in their shared office environment. The person will also be responsible for office management and organization. 

Key Qualifications
  • High School Education with business and/or college training
  • Advanced skills in Word, Outlook, and Excel, database software, Internet research and Sage Accounting
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in the secretarial/administrative field
  • Knowledge of not for profit organizations
  • Ability to flex time as required
  • Clear criminal record check
  • Bookkeeping Levels I and II
Review the complete job posting for details on the position and application instructions. The application deadline is May 19.
Sage Seniors Association

Reporting to the Finance Manager, this position is responsible for assisting the Finance Manager in maintaining the accounting records of the organization and preparing financial reports.

The successful candidate will have a degree or diploma in Financial Management/Accounting or the equivalent, and have or be working towards a Chartered Professional Accountant designation. 

This is a permanent position beginning at 21 hours/week, and gradually increasing to full-time (35 hours/week) over two years.

A full job description is available at Submit your resume by May 20 to Barb Carroll at
More work opportunities in the seniors sector
(links to the ESCC Sector Job Postings webpage)
News and Events for Seniors
Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (Cottage E, 10107 134 Avenue)
May 10, 1 - 3 p.m.

Are you or anyone you know undertaking the care of non-biological children? After soup and bannock on May 10, a volunteer lawyer from the Edmonton Community Legal Centre will talk about Child Custody and Parenting; specifically, Grandparents Rights within the children's services department. Call Stacey in Programming and Resources for more information at 780-476-6595 ext. 2.
Jewish Senior Citizen's Centre (10052 117 Street)
May 17, noon
$10 members and $13 non-members

Come and celebrate Jewish Food Day with a lunch. You have heard the words now taste the food. Call 780-488-4241 for more information.
North West Edmonton Seniors Society (12963 120 Street)
May 19, doors open at 4:30 p.m. and dinner is at 5 p.m.
$2/person with a dish; $5/person without a dish

Call 780-451-1925 for more information.
North Edmonton Seniors Association (7524 139 Avenue)
May 19, doors open at 6:30 p.m., dance 7-11 p.m.
Tickets $10/person in advance and $12/person at the door

The café will be open and there is a cash bar (wine, beer and coolers). Call 780-496-6969 for more information.
Edmonton Seniors Centre (3Y, 11111 Jasper Avenue)
May 26, 10 a.m.

Craft & art supplies, clothing, collectibles, furniture, electronics and vintage items will be sold. Call 780-342-8625 to book a table to sell your stuff.
SouthWest Edmonton Seniors Association
May 29, 12 - 3 p.m.
Yellowbird East Community Centre (10710 19 Avenue)
$10 member; $15 non-member

Discover how easy it can be to make your own greeting cards from pressed flowers. Even individuals with limited artistic experience will gain some knowledge about composition and color theory and create two or three cards to take home. All supplies will be provided. Registration required by May 15. Call 587-987-3200.
Southwest Seniors' Outreach Society (10832 62 Avenue)
May 31, 1-2:30 p.m.

If you think you are too inflexible for yoga, think again. Yoga is for everyone! Phone Yvonne at 780-435-9515 to book a spot.
Sage Seniors Association
Wednesdays at 1 p.m.

If you are looking for a regular opportunity to get out and get moving, this is the group for you. The group goes rain or shine. Guidance and trial poles are available. The group is offered on a drop-in basis, but pre-registration is recommended to be contacted about changes. Everyone is welcome. 
More  news and events for seniors
(links to the ESCC News and Events for Seniors webpage)

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