2016 census reveals a changing Canada

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Multigenerational households are on the rise

The 2016 census reveals a society that is changing at a rapid pace. Canada now has a record number of same-sex couples, more people living alone and a startling number of young adults still living at home with their parents.

Ontario leads the way with 42 per cent of all young adults live with their parents, not surprisingly almost half all young adults in Toronto and Oshawa show no signs of being in a hurry to move out of their parents’ home. And that trend can only accelerate owing to the high cost of living and the escalating cost of owning or renting a place to live in the GTA.

Since 2005 when gay marriages were legalized, Canadian cities have become hubs for the LGBT community.

Statistics Canada says 72,880 people identify themselves as being part of a same-sex couple in Canada; representing nearly one per cent of all couples.

As of now there are 24,370 same-sex unions. Compared to the 2006 census, the 2016 census shows a 60 per cent jump in the number of people reporting that they are in same-sex relationships.
Cities like Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa have large LGBT communities.

The number of same-sex couples has also risen at a higher rate than opposite-sex couples (+9.6 per cent). About one in eight same-sex couples have children compared to approximately half of opposite-sex couples.

2016, of the 5.8 million children aged 14 and younger living in private households, 70 per cent were living with both of their biological or adoptive parents.

Meanwhile single parent families are on the rise with more than 20 per cent living with a single parent. The vast majority of children (81.3 per cent) lived with their mother while 18.7 per cent were with their father. But over the last 15 years, the number of children living with a lone father has grown by 34.5 per cent.

About 83,000 children were living without their biological or adoptive parents, either with their grandparents or other relatives.

One in eight children younger than 1 were living in a one-parent family. But among older children, ages 10 to 14, the proportion of those in a one-parent family increases to one in four.

Across Canada, the proportion of young adults aged 25 to 29 who were never married has been steadily rising.

The economy and changing attitudes in society together are fueling major changes in the way Canadians live. – CINEWS

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