Dramatic Changes In Canadian Families And Languages

The number of people in Canada who speak Arabic has grown 30 per cent since the previous population census in 2011

The number of people in Canada who speak Arabic has grown 30 per cent since the previous population census in 2011

And where it was previously assumed that those 20-somethings would move back out after landing on their feet, Spinks said the latest data show many have continued to live with their parents even after forming unions of their own or having children.

Statistics Canada has released information from the 2016 Census regarding households and marital status.

With 2017 marking Canada's 150 birthday, Statistics Canada is highlighting how Canadians' lives at home have evolved since Confederation. In 1871, there were on average 5.6 people per household, a ratio that dropped to 2.4 by 2016. The evolving living arrangements and families of Canadians can also have consequences, for example on the housing market, on caregiving and care receiving and on intergenerational relationships.

These findings are from the third series of data in the 2016 Census. Census families are defined as married or common-law couples, with or without children, and lone-parent families. In 2016, over one-fifth of all couples (21.3%) were living common law, more than three times the share in 1981 (6.3%).

The share of adult children living with a parent was 34.7 percent a year ago, up from 33.3 percent in 2011 and 33.1 percent in 2006, the report showed.

In Canada, the rate of one-person households stands at an all time high of 28.2 per cent-but in Nunavut, this is less comnon, with one-person households at about one in five or 18.9 per cent.

Several social, economic and demographic factors have contributed to the rise in the number of people living alone, including more women being in the workforce and economically independent, Statistics Canada said.

We are not only more diverse culturally and linguistically, according to Statistics Canada we are also more diverse in our living arrangements. Higher separation and divorce rates have also led to more people living alone.

Traditional married still a majority of couples Married folk are still the majority of couples in 2016, although numbers of common law couples have increased.

In comparison, couples with children account for 26.5% of Canadians.

Today, about 12 per cent of all same-sex couples are living with children, be they biological offspring, adopted or members of a stepfamily. As a result, the percentage of couples living with at least one child fell from 56.7 percent in 2001 to 51.1 percent in 2016.

It noted that first and second generation immigrants were more likely to live with a parent than Canadians who had been in the country for three or more generations.

The trend is even more pronounced in the capital region, where one-third of our dwellings have just one resident.

There were 14.1 million private households in Canada in 2016, 9.5 million (67.7%) of which were composed of at least one census family.

This is despite the fact that the national average of couples living without children has risen faster than the number of couples living with children.

There are more Canadians who say they are bilingual than at any point into Canadian history.

COMMON-LAW unions are still increasing.

Interestingly, the number of people who reported that they spoke an Indigenous language at home was higher than the number who said it was their mother tongue, which reflects the growing interest in learning the languages spoken by Indigenous forebears.

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