2011 Census Data on Families Shows Further Changes and Diversification

The third release of data from the 2011 Census focuses on families, households, marital status, structural type of dwellings and collectives. Some of the main points evident in this release are

  • While married couples remain as the predominant family structure in Canada, they have declined as a proportion of all census families between 2006 and 2011.
  • Canadian families are smaller, increasingly urban and made up of an ever-broadening mix of relationships.
  • The 2011 Census indicates a rise in the number of common-law and lone-parent families
  • The number of same-sex couples continues to increase
  • For the first time, the number of one-person households in 2011 exceeded the number of couple households with children

More information can be found on Statistics Canada’s website.

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