Dementia numbers in Canada


The percentage of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s budget invested in dementia research

The greater your risk of developing dementia if you smoke

Of those diagnosed with dementia over the age of 65 are women

The number of Canadians under the age of 65 living with dementia

The number of new cases of dementia diagnosed every year


The number of Canadians with dementia being cared for in hospitals even though this is not an ideal location for care

Canadians are currently living with dementia

The number of Canadians who will be living with the disease in 15 years

1.1 million
The number of Canadians affected directly or indirectly by the disease

$10.4 billion
The annual cost to Canadians to care for those living with dementia


The Alzheimer Society of Canada is committed to providing accurate and reliable data on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in Canada. Statistics listed on this page are the most current available and are updated periodically when new reports and studies are issued.

For more, see:
Full report - Prevalence and Monetary Costs of Dementia in Canada, Alzheimer Society of Canada (2016)
Report summary - Prevalence and Monetary Costs of Dementia in Canada: A Report by the Alzheimer Society of Canada (2016)
Sources - Reference for Dementia numbers in Canada

Stigma and dementia

In November 2017, we surveyed 1,506 Canadians online* to get their thoughts and insights on Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Read the results:

Awareness survey infographic, page one
Awareness survey infographic, page two
Awareness survey infographic, page three

*An online survey of 1,506 Canadians was completed between November 9 and 14, 2017, using Leger’s online panel, LegerWeb. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/-2.5%, 19 times out of 20. In order to qualify, respondents needed to indicate that they’ve never been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Last Updated: 04/03/2018