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Census 2016: More Canadians than ever living alone

04 August, 2017, 00:24 | Author: Paula Vaughn
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And, "the higher number of multigenerational households may also be related to housing needs and the high cost of living in some regions of the country", said the report.

Statistics Canada 2016 Census has captured some 70 Indigenous languages, with high retention rates for eight main Aboriginal tongues spoken at home: Inuktitut, Atikamekw, Montagnais, Dene, Oji-Cree, Cree, Mi'kmaq, and Ojibway.

They accounted for 28.2 per cent of all households previous year, more than the percentage of couples with children, couples without children, single-parent families, multiple family households, and all other combinations of people living together.

The average Grande Prairie household has 2.6 people in it and the average family consists of three people, which is also the provincial average. The agency suggests greater economic independence, an aging population, and a higher life-expectancy account for the increase in more seniors than ever living alone. The evolution of Canadian households can also have an impact on the housing market and on intergenerational relationships.

The number of people separated was also higher in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia past year, but down in Newfoundland and Labrador and P.E.I. Census families are defined as married or common-law couples, with or without children, and lone-parent families.

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

The percentage of one-person households quadrupled in Canada since the middle of the 20th century as the country became increasingly urbanized and large rural families were no longer the norm.

Now 6.3 per cent of Canadians, or 2.2 million people, live in multi-generational households, which is a 37.5 per cent increase from 2001.

This phenomenon is all the more important in Quebec, where 33.3% of residents live alone.

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Besides one-person households and households comprised of at least one census family, a small share (4.1%) of households were comprised of two or more persons who were not members of a census family, such as roommates or siblings living together.

About 43% of Grande Prarians aged 15 and up are married and 15.8% are living in common law relationships.

Households composed of couples (including same-sex households) with children fell from 31.5 percent of all households in 2001 to 26.5 percent in 2016. The national average was 51.1 per cent.

The trend is even more pronounced in the capital region, where one-third of our dwellings have just one resident. The number of overall English speakers was up from 2011, while the number of French speakers declined across Canada and in Quebec. And an equal proportion of households are made up of couples with no kids as couples with children.

As for families with children, the census reveals that 47,355 census family households have no children, while 129,025 do.

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.

COMMON-LAW unions are still increasing. The largest proportion of common law couples versus married couples were found in Nunavut and Quebec. This is mostly due to population aging.

Outside the Lower Mainland, Victoria and Kelowna had the highest proportion of immigrant languages as their mother tongues.

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