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Canada has never had so many citizens living alone

04 August, 2017, 00:36 | Author: Samuel Sharp
  • More Canadians are living alone and without children in the home in part due to the aging population newly released data from the 2016 census shows

And it's parents providing the support: only about nine per cent of young adults in 2012 were the primary caregiver for one or both parents, according to another Statistics Canada survey.

OTTAWA-more Canadians are living alone, do not marry and remain with their parents until their mid-thirties, according to new data released by Statistics Canada.

That's down nearly six per cent in the last 15 years.

More than a quarter of Grande Prairie families with children are single-parent homes, and 23% of households in the city are occupied by just one person.

Nova Scotia logged the highest proportion of children aged 0 to 14 living with a single parent at 26 per cent.

Here are some other highlights from the latest census data.

But last year's census numbers show the number of young adults living with mom and/or dad is on the rise.

Between 2011 and 2016, the English-French bilingualism rate rose from 17.5 per cent to 18 per cent.

"This mode of life may also be attributable to cultural preferences or a strategy adopted by the young adults and their parents in order to counterbalance a low income job or the high cost of living in certain regions of the country", says Statistics Canada.

The baby boomers who fuelled such population growth in the 20th century are empty nesters in the 21st.


When they do not live alone or in cohabitation, young adults are more likely to stay with their parents at least until the age of 34 years, notes Statistics Canada.

In Nova Scotia, 42.8 per cent of couples reported living with children a year ago.

However, in 2011, the proportion of people that age living with their parents was 12.5, pointing to many young adults moving back in after a period spent outside the family home. "Living with one's parents may have temporary benefits in terms of logistical, emotional or financial support while pursuing studies or finding full-time work", Statistics Canada said in a supplementary report, Young adults living with their parents 2016.

THE number of couples without children is growing faster than those with children.

The other major trend in Barrie can be seen across the country: there's a rise in people living alone.

And a decade after census-takers first collected numbers on same-sex marriage, such couples now make up one per cent of all households, with their overall numbers having increased by 60.7 per cent since 2006.

Higher rates of separation and divorce also mean more people living alone or as lone parents, as does an increasing number of women in the workforce, which fosters a greater sense of economic independence.

"One-person households became the most common type of household for the first time in 2014, surpassing couples with children, which were down from 31.5 per cent of all households in 2001 to 26.5 per cent in 2016.In comparison, the percentage of one-person households was 25.7 per cent in 2001".

Barrie is right on track with the national trend, at 4.1 per cent, which is up from 3.6 per cent over the past 15 years. The number of people living alone has steadily increased since 1951, from 7.4 per cent to 28.2 per cent.

Outside of the United States and the United Kingdom, the percentage of one-person homes in Canada is not especially high, but it does illustrate the legacy of an aging population, the members of which are living longer than ever and are more likely to be widowed. Multi-generational families are becoming more common in Metro Vancouver, while single-person and child-free households are growing fastest on the Island and in the Okanagan, possibly due to an aging population.

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