Quebec is facing significant demographic and health challenges. While the fertility rate has stabilized at a relatively low level, mortality continues to decline for the time being. The result is an accelerated aging of the population, despite sustained immigration. This demographic transition represents an important issue for the economy, public finances and pension plans in Quebec. Against the backdrop of an aging population, worrisome trends are emerging in terms of population health.
The Demography and Health theme aims to better understand and predict the impact of current and future changes. On the other hand, it aims to evaluate the impacts of the policies put in place and to analyze other possible solutions to respond to these issues. To do so, researchers collaborating under this theme rely on the use of state-of-the-art modelling tools as well as the application of evaluation methods applied to massive data at the population and program administration levels (income, immigration, retirement and health).