Statistics Canada recently released the third tranche of the 2011 census, showing a divergence from the once nuclear family norm in Canada found 50 years ago. Now families show more complex household trends including living alone, remarrying, having stepchildren and multiple generations under one roof, the Toronto Star reported.
"Just a quarter of our households now are that traditional mom, dad, the kids and the dog at home," Doug Norris, chief demographer at Environics Analytics, told the Toronto Star. "A lot of people still think that’s the Canadian family. We have more households with couples without kids and a little over a quarter of the people living on their own."
The census showed that there were 9.4 million families in Canada in 2011, up 5.5 percent from 2006. Couples with children have declined to 26.5 percent in 2011, down from 28.5 percent in 2006. It also showed that 10 years ago, couples with children under 24 years old account for 43.6 percent of all families excluding one-person households, now couples with children account for just 39.2 percent of families.
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