Social Development


The City of Abbotsford is committed to building a healthy community by preparing for an aging population. Older adults represent one of the fastest growing age groups in Abbotsford. In 2011, 19,695 residents (15% of the population) were over the age of 65. This marks a steady increase since 2006 and it is anticipated that growth in this population segment will continue. By 2036, is expected that almost 20% of the population (1 in 5 residents) will be over the age of 65 (2011 Census).

Adults are living longer than before, and while the majority of are healthy, the number of frail older people is increasing. Many of Abbotsford’s seniors require some level of assistance. Other concerns are isolation, language barriers, and financial insecurity. Almost 12% of Abbotsford’s seniors over the age of 65 are low-income (2011 National Household Survey).

Children & Youth

The City of Abbotsford is one of the youngest communities in the Lower Mainland. According to the 2011 Census, 26% of the population is under 19 years of age. More than 37,000 families live in the community representing 79% of the total population. Approximately 17% of children under the age of 18 are considered low-income.