Generation Z in Canada

Generation Z refers to a cohort of people born roughly between 1997 and 2011 (see Population of Canada). While members of Generation Z have a wider variety of life choices available to them than previous generations, they also face increased financial instability, as well as heightened rates of anxiety, stress, and depression. Despite some negative stereotypes, Generation Z exhibits many worthy traits including an increased openness to diversity, and a desire to make a difference and have a positive impact on the world.

It is important to note that while individuals who make up generations may have similarities, no generation is uniform. 

Generation Z refers to a cohort of people born roughly between 1997 and 2011 (see Population of Canada). While members of Generation Z have a wider variety of life choices available to them than previous generations, they also face increased financial instability, as well as heightened rates of anxiety, stress, and depression. Despite some negative stereotypes, Generation Z exhibits many worthy traits including an increased openness to diversity, and a desire to make a difference and have a positive impact on the world. It is important to note that while individuals who make up generations may have similarities, no generation is uniform. 


Did you know? The age cohort known as Generation Z was initially referred to by different names including iGen and Homelanders, but by 2019, the name Generation Z had gained traction in the media and among the public.

Overview

Many trends affecting Generation Z also impacted Generation X (those born roughly between 1966 and 1979) and the Millennial generation (those born roughly between 1980and 1996). However, some of these trends have intensified over the years. For example, Baby Boomers were initially believed to be the most educated generation in their time. WhenGeneration X came of age, they were the most educated generation in Canadian history (see Education in Canada). Today, Millennials are considered the most educated generation.This same trend is consistent so far for Generation Z. Generation Z is also the most racially and ethnically diverse generation in Canada’s history.


Further Reading

  • Ilona Dougherty and Amelia Clarke, “Wired for Innovation: Valuing the Unique Innovation Abilities of Emerging Adults,” Emerging Adulthood 6, 5 (2018).

    Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, Emerging Adulthood: The Winding Road from the Late Teens through the Twenties (2004).


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