B.C. is going to be swamped by a grey tsunami as the number of seniors begin to rise drastically in the years ahead.
A Conference Board of Canada report warns the number of those 65-years of age and older will go from 28 per cent now, to virtually half the entire B.C. population by 2035.
Dr Daniel Muzkya says to keep the population afloat, we’ll need immigration to counteract death rates outstripping live births.
“The first people in the 65 age category just came in to their 65th year in 2011. You are only feeling the leading edge of it. It is going to get a lot worse. We really need immigration and immigration integration.”
Muzyka says in order to better integrate skilled immigrants, professional standards will have to be overhauled in order to better and more quickly match skill sets with job opportunities.