The National Post reports
Canada’s under-15 population fell by almost 146,000 or 2.5% between 2001 and 2006, the latest census figures show, and is now sitting at 5.6 million.
Just after the height of the baby boom in 1961, more than one-third of the Canadian population (34%) was under 15-years-old, but by 2006, declining birth rates meant less than 18% fit into that youthful age group. Statistics Canada projects the 65-plus population could outnumber children within 10 years.
Schools are worried, but universities blithely continue expansion plans, ignoring the approaching bust (sound familiar).
But toy manufactures aren’t too worried. Canadian adults, like American adults, don’t want to grow up:
With toys marketed toward a variety of age groups and classic board games that appeal both to nostalgic parents and their video game-accustomed offspring, Hasbro is diversifying beyond the children’s market, according to Sandy Sinclair, senior vice-president of marketing for the toy giant’s Canadian division. There’s also a significant and growing market for nostalgic and collectible toys for grown-up kids, she says, including GI Joe,StarWars, My Little Pony and Transformers.
The failure of adults to accept being adults and the lack of children may be closely related. Having children means accepting adult responsibilities and the reality that sooner or later you will be gone and they will replace you in the world.