Collective dwelling: record increase in Quebec

News 6 February, 2018
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    Quebec is the province with the countries that have experienced the highest increase of people living in collective housing from 2011 to 2016, indicates a study by the Institut de la statistique du Québec unveiled Tuesday.

    Because of the aging of the population, the increase was of 29 000 people, or 17 %, “the strongest ever observed in the data available since 1971,” said the Institute, which added that the growth of the population during the period of five years was only 4 %.

    In Quebec, nearly 200,000 people lived in 2016 in a collective dwelling, which includes homes for the aged, shelters, long-term care (CHSLD) and the prisons.

    In the 70 years and over, Quebec is the one that has the highest proportion of people living in collective housing (14.7 percent).

    “In 2016, this proportion is twice higher than in the rest of Canada between the ages of 75 and 84 years of age (up by 12.8% compared with 6.5 %). This peculiarity of québec is mainly explained by the greater propensity of the population to remain in a residence for elders,” said the Institute of statistics.

    NURSING homes and residences of the golden age include the three-quarters of the people living in collective housing in the province. As a result, Quebecers living in collective dwellings are predominantly female (62 %) and people aged 85 and over (39 %).

    In Quebec, less than 65 years of age, men are in the majority in the multifamily housing because there are 12 times more in prisons than women.