Aug 02, 2017

By Christine Ross

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New information from the 2016 census is painting a new picture of how we live. For the first time in Canadian history, census data reveals more of us are living alone than in families. Statistics Canada says slightly more than 28 per cent of all households were made of up just one person in 2016, while couples with children totalled 26.5 per cent. There are several social and economic factors behind the change, such as the aging population, including more empty nesters and widows, as well as higher divorce and separation rates. Data from the 2016 census suggests same-sex marriage is more popular than it’s ever been. More than 24-thousand of the 72-thousand, 880 same-sex couples counted in Canada last year were married.That’s more than three times the number of married same-sex couples enumerated in 2006. An instructor at B-C’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice says while same-sex marriage has been legal in Canada for more than 10 years, it’s still relatively new, which may partly explain its growth. Statistics Canada also reports fewer senior women are living alone, partly due to the fact that men are living longer.

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