Table 3: NWT Senior Population Projections, 2004, 2009, and 2014
Population Age 55+ 2004 2009 2014 Percentage
Change
2004 - 2014
Northwest Territories 4,903 6,208 7,544 54%
Fort Resolution 95 95 90 -5%
Fort Simpson 136 170 190 40%
Inuvik 396 489 623 57%
Yellowknife 1,724 2,522 3,303 92%

Source: Bureau of Statistics. Population Projections. Community and Age. 2004-2014

Education
The NWT seniors population has lower levels of school achievement than younger adults. In 2001, 66% of the seniors population age 60 years and over, had not graduated from high school and 55% had not completed grade 9. Lower levels of formal schooling are more apparent in smaller communities with proportionately larger Aboriginal senior populations. In smaller communities such as Fort Resolution, as many as 85% of seniors may not have achieved post secondary education. In Yellowknife, 58% of seniors have some level of post secondary schooling. (Table 4)

Table 4: NWT Seniors Highest Level of Education, 2001
Community Pop. 60 & Older Less than grade 9 Less than high school graduation certificate High School Graduation and Post Secondary
Northwest
Territories
2,385 1,315 260 810
Inuvik 165 80 15 60
Fort Simpson 85 55 10 20
Fort Resolution 65 45 10 10
Yellowknife 600 145 110 350

Source: Statistics Canada. 2001 Census. Population 60 & Older by Highest Level of Schooling. Age Group and Gender